Lytle hwile leof beoth grene thonne hie eft
fealewiath, feallath on eorthan and forweorniath
weorthiath to duste. For a little while
the leaves are green. Then they turn
yellow, fall to the ground, and perish, turning
to dust. Anonymous c.900 Second Dialogue of Solomon and Saturn, l.136^8.
The rose is red, the leaves are green, God save Elizabeth,
our noble queen. Anonymous Lines written by a Westminster schoolboy in the
margin of his copy of Julius
Caesar. Quoted in P W Hasler (ed) The House of Commons,1558^1603
Ye Highlands and ye Lawlands, O where hae ye
been? They hae slain the
Earl of Murray And laid him on the green. Ballads 'The Bonnie Earl of
I went to the Garden of Love, And saw what I
never had seen: A chapel was built
in the midst Where I used to
play on the green. William Blake Songs of Experience,'The Garden of Love'.
The dusty catastrophe of Asia.Green only on the banner of the Prophet.
Nothing grows here except mustaches. Ioseph Brodsky Less Than One,'Flight From Byzantium'.
Make it a green peace. Bill Darnell Quoted in Robert Hunter Warriors of the Rainbow
She wore a frock of frolic green. Michael Drayton Idea, the Shepherd's Garland,'The Eighth Eclogue'.
Beneath the strain of expectation even the little iced sugar cakes upon
the tea-table looked green with worry. (ArthurAnnesley) Ronald Firbank The Flower Beneath the Foot, ch.3.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year
recedesbeforeus.It eludedusthen, but that's no
matterto-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms
further And one fine morning So we beat on, boats
against the current, borne back ceaselessly into
the past. F(rancis) Scott Key Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, ch.9.
What use the green river, the gold place, if time and death pinned human
in the pocket of my land not rest from taking
underground the green all-willowed and white rose and bean
flower and morning-mist picnic of song in pepper-pot
breast of thrush? Janet Paterson also known as Jean PatersonFrame Frame Owls Do Cry, pt.1, ch.4.
Far from the sun and summer-gale, In thy green lap
was Nature's darling laid. Thomas Gray Of William Shakespeare. The Progress of Poesy,
Don't be surprised, If I demur, for, be advised, My passport's
green. No glass of ours
was ever raised To toastThe Queen. SeamusJustin Heaney 'An Open Letter to Blake and Andrew, Editors, Contemporary
British Verse, Penguin Books, Middlesex'. Heaney was
complaining at his inclusion in the book edited by Blake Morrison and
Andrew Motion on the grounds of his Irish nationality.
Verde que te quiero verde. Verde viento.Verdes
ramas. El barco sobre la
mar y el caballo en la
montan a. Green how I love
you green. Green wind.Green
boughs. The ship on the sea
and the horse on
the mountain. Federico Garc| a Lorca ^7 Romance sona mbulo.
Annihilating all that's made To a green thought
in a green shade. Andrew Marvell c.1650^1652 'The Garden' (published1681), stanza 6.
And missing thee, I walk unseen On the dry
smooth-shaven green, To behold the
wandering moon, Riding near her
highest noon, Like one that had
been led astray Through the
heaven's wide pathless way; And oft as if her
head she bowed, Stooping through a
fleecy cloud. John Milton c.1631 Il Penseroso, l.65^72.
Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen Within thy airy
shell By slow meander's margent
green, And in the
violet-embroidered vale. John Milton Comus, A Mask, l.230^3.
But now my task is smoothly done, I can fly, or I can
run Quickly to the green
earth's end, Where the bow'd
welkin slow doth bend, And from thence can
soar as soon To the corners of
the Moon. John Milton Comus, A Mask, l.1011^16.
Fair and fair, and twice so fair, As fair as any may
be; The fairest
shepherd on our green, A love for any
lady. George Peele TheArraignment of Paris, act1, sc.5.
We will watch the sun set againmany times, and perhaps we'll see
the Emerald Drop, the green flash that brings good
fortune. Jean pseudonym of Ellen Gwendolen Rees Williams Rhys Wide Sargasso
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while
the pessimist sees only the red stop- light. The truly
wise person is colour-blind. Albert Schweitzer Quoted in CBS News tribute,14 Jan. US film director.With films such asTaxi Driver (1976)
and Raging Bull (1980), he established
himself as one of the foremost directors of his generation.
The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want. He makes me down to
lie In pastures green:
he leadeth me the quiet waters
by. My soul he doth
restore again: and me to walk doth
make Within the paths of
righteousness, ev'n for his own
name's sake. Yea, though I walk
in death's dark vale, yet will I fear no
ill: For thou art with
me; and thy rod and staff me comfort
still. Scottish Metrical Psalms Translation of Psalm 23:1^4.
wield the flail of the lashing hail, And whiten the green plains under, And then again I
dissolve it in rain, And laugh as I pass
in thunder. Percy Bysshe Shelley 'The Cloud'.
And in the warm hedge grew lush eglantine, Green cowbind and
the moonlight-coloured may. Percy Bysshe Shelley 'The Question', stanza 3.
scoop of pure honey set in a green bowl. Godfrey Smith Of Bath.The English Companion.
It was a summer evening, Old Kasper's work
was done, And he before his
cottage door Was sitting in the
sun, And by him sported
on the green His little
grandchild Wilhelmine. Robert Southey 'The Battle of Blenheim'.
Jolly June, arrayed All in green leaves,
as he a Player were. Edmund Spenser The Faerie Queen,'Mutability', canto 7, stanza 35.
'A chilli,'said Rebecca, gasping,'Oh, yes!' She thought a chilli wassomething
cool, asitsname imported, and was served with
some.'How fresh and green they look,'she said, and put one
into her mouth. It was hotter than the curry; flesh and
blood could bear it no longer. She laid down her
fork.'Water, for Heaven's sake, water!'she cried. William Makepeace Thackeray ^8 Vanity Fair, ch.3