The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. Th'unwearied sun from day to day Does his Creator's power display; And publishes to every land The work of an Almighty hand. Joseph Addison
In The Spectator, no.465, 23 Aug.
In Reason's ear they all rejoice, And utter forth a glorious voice, For ever singing, as they shine: 'The hand that made us is divine.' Joseph Addison
In The Spectator, no.465, 23 Aug.
Genet had been right at least about one thing. Blacks should be used to play whites. For centuries we had probed their faces, the angles of their bodies, the sounds of their voices and even their odors.Often our survival had depended on the accurate reading of a white man's chuckle or the disdainful wave of a white woman's hand. Maya originally MayaJohnson Angelou
The Heart of a Woman, ch.12.
Back and side go bare, go bare, Both foot and hand go cold; But, belly,God send thee good ale enough, Whether it be new or old. Anonymous
c.1575 Song, included in the play Gammer Gurton's Needle, act 2. William Stevenson (c.1530^75) and John Still (1543^1608) have both been credited with authorship of the play, but the song probably predates it.
Onlybut this is rare When a beloved hand is laid in ours, When, jaded with the rush and glare Of the interminable hours, Our eyes can in another's eyes read clear, When our world-deafened ear Is by the tones of a loved voice caressed A bolt is shot back somewhere in our breast, And a lost pulse of feeling stirs again. The eye sinks inward, and the heart lies plain, And what we mean, we say, and what we would, we know. Matthew Arnold
Empedocles on Etna and Other Poems,'The Buried Life', l.77^87.
Rapt, twirling in thy hand a withered spray, And waiting for the spark from heaven to fall. Matthew Arnold
Poems: A New Edition,'The Scholar-Gipsy', l.119^20.
And it is the colour of sand, The darkness, as it sifts through your hand. John Lawrence Ashbery
The Tennis Court Oath,'How Much Longer Will I Be Able To Inhabit The Divine Sepulcher'.
And lang, lang may the ladyes sit, Wi' their fans into their hand, Before they see Sir Patrick Spens Come sailing to the strand! 56 Ballads
'Sir Patrick Spens'.
Je ne comprends pas qu'une main pure puisse toucher un journal sans une convulsion de de go u" t. I cannot imagine how a pure hand can touch a newspaper without disgust. Charles Baudelaire
Mon coeur mis a' nu, pt.81.
When a public man lays his hand on his heart and declares that his conduct needs no apology, the audience hastens to put up its umbrellas against the particularly severe downpour of apologies in store for it. I won't give the customary warning. My conduct shrieks aloud for apology, and you are in for a thorough drenching. Sir (Henry) Max(imilian) Beerbohm
'A Straight Talk' (parody of George Bernard Shaw), in the Saturday Review, 22 Dec.
Miss Joan Hunter Dunn, Miss Joan Hunter Dunn, I can hear from the car-park the dance has begun. Oh! full Surrey twilight! importunate band! Oh! strongly adorable tennis-girl's hand! SirJohn Betjeman
New Bats in Old Belfries,'A Subaltern's Love-Song'.
And the L God said,Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:Therefore the L God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the tree of life. Bible (Old Testament)
Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call hisname Ishmael; becausethe L hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. Bible (Old Testament)
And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. Bible (Old Testament)
And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. Bible (Old Testament)
Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. Bible (Old Testament)
Every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. Bible (Old Testament)
Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.But put forththinehand now, and touchhisboneand his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. Bible (Old Testament)
Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me,O L God of truth. Bible (Old Testament)
Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Bible (Old Testament)
The L said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Bible (Old Testament)
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If Isay, Surely the darknessshall cover me; even thenight shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. Bible (Old Testament)
The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. Bible (Old Testament)
O L, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo,O L, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Bible (Old Testament)
Whatsoever thy hand findethto do; do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Bible (Old Testament)
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. Bible (Old Testament)
Song of Solomon 5:4.
Whohathmeasured thewatersinthehollowof hishand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Bible (Old Testament)
In the same hourcame forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Bible (Old Testament)
But thesouls of therighteous are inthehand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery, And their going from us to be utter destruction: but theyare in peace. For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having beena little chastised,theyshall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself. Bible (Apocrypha)
Wisdom of Solomon 3:1^5.
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast intohell. And ifthy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Bible (NewTestament)
St Matthew 5:29^30.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men,Verily I say unto you,They have their reward.But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Bible (NewTestament)
St Matthew 6:2^4.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him,O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Bible (NewTestament)
Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. Bible (NewTestament)
Thomas. St John 20:25.
See what a large letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. Bible (NewTestament)
God, whoat sundry times and indiversmannersspake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom he also made the worlds: Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Bible (NewTestament)
He kissed the hand and by the hand led And to his mother brought, Who in sorrow pale, through the lonely dale, Her little boy weeping sought. William Blake
Songs of Innocence,'The Little Boy Found'.
Is this a holy thing to see In a rich fruitful land, Babes reduced to misery, Fed with cold and usurous hand? William Blake
Songs of Experience,'Holy Thursday'.
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? William Blake
Songs of Experience,'The Tyger'.
To see a world in a grain of sand, And heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. William Blake
c.1803 Auguries of Innocence, l.1^4.
Up, Lord, and let not man have the upper hand. Book of Common Prayer
Ocome, let ussing untothe Lord; let usheartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God; and a great King above all gods. In his hand are all the corners of the earth; and the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it; and his hands prepared the dry land. O come, let us worship and fall down, and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is the Lord our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Book of Common Prayer
I am obnoxious to each carping tongue Who says my hand a needle better fits, A poet's pen all scorn I should thus wrong For such despite they cast on female wits; If what I do prove well, it won't advance, They'll say it's stolen, or else, it was by chance. Anne ne e Dudley Bradstreet
Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning,'The Prologue'.
The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. Jacob Bronowski
The Ascent of Man, ch.3.
My common conversation I do acknowledge austere, my behaviour full of rigor, sometimes not without morosity; yet at mydevotion I loveto usethe civility of my knee, my hat, and hand, withall thoseoutward and sensiblemotions which may express or promote my invisible devotion. SirThomas Browne
^5 Religio Medici (published1643), pt.1, section 3.
Let the world's sharpness like a clasping knife Shut in upon itself, and do no harm In this close hand of love. Elizabeth ne e Barrett Browning
Poems,'Sonnets from the Portuguese', sonnet 24.
First time he kissed me, but only kissed The fingers of this hand wherewith I write, And ever since it grew more clean and white Elizabeth ne e Barrett Browning
Poems,'Sonnets from the Portuguese', sonnet 38.
Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith,'A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: See all nor be afraid!' Robert Browning
Dramatis Personae,'Rabbi ben Ezra', stanza1.
My times be inThy hand! Perfect the cup as planned! Let age approve of youth, and Death complete the same! Robert Browning
Dramatis Personae,'Rabbi ben Ezra', stanza 32.
And having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. To avoid that evil, government will redouble the causes of it; and then it will become inveterate and incurable. Edmund Burke
Thoughts and Details on Scarcity, Nov (published1800).
And there's a hand, my trusty fiere! And gie's a hand o'thine! Robert Burns
'Auld Lang Syne', stanza 5. This is the most familiar version of an older, traditional song, reworked by Burns.
And with as delicate a hand Could twist as tough a rope of sand; And weave fine cobwebs, fit for skull That's empty when the moon is full; Such as take lodgings in a head That's to be let unfurnishe' d. Samuel Butler
Hudibras, pt.1, canto1, l.155^60.
Doubtless the pleasure is as great Of being cheated, as to cheat. As lookers-on feel most delight, That least perceive a juggler's sleight, And still the less they understand, The more th'admire his sleight of hand. Samuel Butler
Hudibras, pt.2, canto 3, l.1^6.
The Walrus and the Carpenter Were walking close at hand; They wept like anything to see Such quantities of sand: 'If this were only cleared away,' They said,'it would be grand!' Dodgson
Tweedledee. Through the Looking-Glass, ch.4, 'Tweedledum and Tweedledee'.
The irregularand intimate qualityof things made entirely by the human hand. Willa Sibert Cather
Death Comes to the Archbishop, bk.1, ch.3.
There is anothercause which, if you indulge it, canmake yourhand sounsteady that it will waver more, and flutter far more, than leaves do in the wind, and this is indulging too much in the company of women. Cennino Cennini
c.1400 Il Libro dell'Arte ('The Craftsman's Handbook').
I fear thee ancient Mariner! I fear thy skinny hand! And thou art long, and lank, and brown, As is the ribbed sea-sand. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', pt.4.
Women are like tricks by sleight of hand, which, to admire, we should not understand. William Congreve
Valentine. Love for Love, act 4, sc.21.
The stately homes of England, How beautiful they stand, To prove the upper classes Have still the upper hand. Sir Noe« l Peirce Coward
'The Stately Homes of England' (song).
A potent quack, long versed in human ills, Who first insults the victim whom he kills; Whose murd'rous hand a drowsy bench protect, And whose most tender mercy is neglect. George Crabbe
The Village, bk.1, l.282.
This hath offended! Oh this unworthy hand! Thomas Cranmer
Last words at the stake, referring to the hand which had signed several recantations, later withdrawn.
President Bushseems to think that the ship [of state] will be saved by imperceptible undercurrents, directed by the invisible hand of some cyclical economic god, that will gradually move the ship so that at the last moment it will miraculously glide past the rocks to safer shores. Mario Matthew Cuomo
Address nominating Bill Clinton as Democratic presidential candidate,15 Jul.
'Heads, headstake care of your heads!'cried the loquacious stranger, as they came out under the low archway, which in those days formed the entranceto the coachyard.'Terrible placedangerous workfive childrenmothertall lady, eating sandwiches forgot the archcrashknockchildren look roundmother's head offsandwich in her handno mouth to put it inhead of a family offshocking, shocking! CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens
^7 Jingle. Pickwick Papers, ch.2.
I had cherished a profound conviction that her bringing me up by hand, gave her no right to bring me up by jerks. CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens
^1 Great Expectations, ch.8.
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall. John Dickinson
'The Liberty Song'.
O God of Bethel! by whose hand Thy people still are fed, Who through this weary pilgrimage Hast all our fathers led. Philip Doddridge
Hymns,'O God of Bethel' (published1755).
Are not your kisses then as filthy, and more, As a worm sucking an envenomed sore? Doth not thy fearful hand in felling quake, As one which gathering flowers, still fears a snake? Is not your last act harsh, and violent, As when a plough a stony ground doth rent? John Donne
c.1595 Elegies, no.8,'The Comparison'.
But when to sin our biased nature leans, The careful Devil is still at hand with means; And providently pimps for ill desires. John Dryden
Absalom and Achitophel, pt.1, l.79^81.
And, dying, bless the hand that gave the blow. John Dryden
The Spanish Friar, act 2, sc.2.
The bishops eat from my hand. Maurice Duplessis
Characteristic remark, recalled in Conrad Black Duplessis (1977).
When lovely woman stoops to follyand Paces about her room again, alone, She smoothes her hair with automatic hand, And puts a record on the gramophone. See Goldsmith 361:47. T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot
The Waste Land, pt.3,'The Fire Sermon'.
This is the dead land This is cactus land Here the stone images Are raised, here they receive The supplication of a dead man's hand Under the twinkle of a fading star. T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot
'The Hollow Men'.
Success is feminine and like a woman; if you cringe beforeher shewill override you. Sotheway totreat her is to show her the back of your hand. Then maybe she will do the crawling. William Harrison Faulkner
Interview in Paris Review, Spring.
If I start to hold somebody's hand they laugh at me, and let me, just as if it wasn't part of them. As soon as I get hold of a hand they sort of disconnect it from the rest of them. F(rancis) Scott Key Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise, bk.1, ch.1.
One day, there's a hand that goes over the face and changes it.You look like an apple that isn't young anymore. Greta pseudonym of Greta Lovisa Gustafsson Garbo
Quoted in Vanity Fair, Feb1994.
The alcohol made the present enough, it held her in its golden hand, where past and future were comprehended, where nothing mattered, nothing was lost, where everything could be known and forgiven, where she herself could be whole at last. Maggie Gee
Lost Children, ch.35.
Away with the music of Broadway! Be off with your Irving Berlin! Oh, I'd give no quarter to Kern or Cole Porter and Gershwin keeps pounding on tin. How can I be civil when hearing this drivel? It's only for night-clubbing souses. Oh, give me the free 'n'easy waltz that is Viennesey And go tell the band if they want a hand the waltz must be Strauss's! Ira originally Israel Gershowitz Gershwin
Che gelida manina. Your tiny hand is frozen. Giuseppe Giacosa
Rodolpho to Mimi. La Bohe' me (with Luigi Illica, music by Puccini).
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: 'Givemea lightthat Imay tread safely intotheunknown.' Hawking And he replied: 'Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.' Minnie Louise Haskins
Desert,'God Knows'. Quoted by King George VI, Christmas address, 25 Dec1939.
Carving is interrelated masses conveying an emotion: a perfect relationship between the mind and the colour, light and weight which is the stone, made by the hand which feels. Dame Barbara Hepworth
My left hand is my thinking hand. The right is onlya motor hand. Dame Barbara Hepworth
A Pictorial Autobiography.
We live half our lives in Englandthere can't have been anything quite like this sincethe Roman colonists settled in Britain: not the hanging on with one hand, and the other hand full of seas. Robin pseudonym of IrisGuiver Wilkinson Hyde
The Godwits Fly, ch.8.
He showed me something small, no bigger than a hazelnut, lying in the palm of my hand, as it seemed to me, and it was as round as a ball. I looked at it with the eye of my understanding, and thought: What can this be? I was amazed that it could last, for I thought that because of its littleness it would suddenly have fallen intonothing. And Iwas answered inmy understanding: It lasts and always will, because God loves it; and thus every thing has being through the love of God. Julian of Norwich known as LadyJulian
^c.1393 Revelations of Divine Love, ch.5.
When I behold, upon the night's starred face Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance, And think that I may never live to trace Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance; And when I feel, fair creature of an hour, That I shall never look upon thee more, Never have relish in the faery power Of unreflecting love;then on the shore Of the wide world I stand alone, and think Till love and fame to nothingness so sink. John Keats
'When I Have FearsThat I May Cease to Be'.
Not Eve, whose fault was only too much love, Which made her give this present to her dear, That what she tasted he likewise might prove, Whereby his knowledge might become more clear; He never sought her weakness to reprove With those sharp words which he of God did hear; Yet men will boast of knowledge, which he took From Eve's fair hand, as from a learned book. Aemilia Lanyer
Salve Deus Ex Judaeorum,'Eve's Apology in Defense of Women'.
Many men would take the death sentence without a whimper to escape the life-sentence which fate carries in her other hand. Arabia
The Mint, pt.1, ch.4.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon. Edward Lear
Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets,'The Owl and the Pussy-Cat'.
The day consists of twenty-four hours only. This regulates the size of the house and the ro" le it has to fulfil. For the twenty-four hour day is short, and our acts and thoughts are spurred on by time. If we were taught to regard the hand of the clock as a beneficent but implacable god, we should order our lives more rationally. Le Corbusier pseudonym of Charles EÅ douard Jeanneret
'Twentieth-century living and twentieth-century building'. Collected in Dennis Sharp (ed) The Rationalists: Theory and Design in the Modern Movement (1978).
We have been too comfortable and too indulgentmany, perhaps, too selfishand the stern hand of fatehasscoured ustoan elevationwhere we can see the great everlasting things that matter for a nation; the great peaks we had forgotten, of honour, duty, patriotism, and, clad in glittering white, the great pinnacle of sacrifice pointing like a rugged finger to Heaven.We shall descend into the valleys again, but as long as men and women of thisgeneration last, they will carry in their hearts the image of those great mountain peaks, whose foundations are not shaken, though Europe rock and sway in the convulsions of a great war. David, 1st Earl Lloyd George (of Dwyfor)
Speech, London,19 Sep.
Therewasplentyof fellerswhowould kick yourbollocks off. The difference was that at the end they'd shake your hand and help you look for them. Nat Lofthouse
Comparing football in the1950s with that of later eras. Quoted in Peter Ball and Phil Shaw The Book of Football Quotations (1989).
So I really think that American gentlemen are the best after all, because kissing your hand may make you feel very very good but a diamond and safire bracelet lasts forever. 517 Anita Loos
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, ch.4.
'Now who will stand on either hand, And keep the bridge with me?' 1st Baron
Lays of Ancient Rome,'Horatius', stanza 29.
Heap high the groaning platter with pink fillets, sucking pig and thick gammon, celestial chef. Be generous with the crackling. Let your hand slip with the gravy trough, dispensing plenty. George Mann MacBeth
'An Ode to English Food'.
It's no go my honey love, it's no go my poppet; Work your hands from day to day, the winds will blow the profit. The glassisfalling hourby hour, theglass will fall forever, But if you break the bloody glass, you won't hold up the weather. (Frederick) Louis MacNeice
'Bagpipe Music', stanza10.
E M Forster never gets any further than warming the teapot. He's a rare fine hand at that. Feel this teapot. Is it not beautifully warm? Yes, but there ain't going to be no tea. And I can never be perfectly certain whether Helen was got with child by Leonard Bast or by his fatal forgotten umbrella. All things considered, I think it must have been the umbrella. Beauchamp
Journal entry, May.
It was the hand of God. Diego Maradona
Toreporters after Argentina's World Cup defeat of England in which he scored a goal with his hand, 22 Jun.
L'amour n'est pas un feu que l'on tient dans la main. Love is not a flame that one holds in the hand. ' Marguerite d'Angoule" me
Heptame ron, pt.47.
His body was as straight as Circe's wand; Jove might have sipped out nectar from his hand. Christopher Marlowe
Hero and Leander (published1598), pt.1, l.61^2.
[Jeremy] Bentham held no post at the mercy of bankers and tripe sellers; he was a man of independent means, a lawyer and politician and a heretic in general practice. It is impossible to imagine such a man occupying a chair at Harvard or Princeton.Hehad a hand intoomany pies; he was too rebellious and contumacious; he had too little respect for authority, either academic or worldly. Moreover, his mind was too wide for a professor; he Mencken could never remain safely in a groove; the whole field of social organization invited his inquiries and experiments. H(enry) L(ouis) Mencken
'The Dismal Science', in The Smart Set, Jun.
Nothing the greatest artist can conceive That every marble block doth not confine Within itself; and only its design The hand that follows intellect can achieve. Michelangelo full name Michelangelo Buonarroti
c.1538 Quoted in Robert J Clements (ed) Michelangelo: A Self- Portrait (1968).
This manner of writing wherein knowing myself inferior to myself I have the use, as I may account it, but of my left hand. John Milton
Of his use of prose. The Reason of Church Government, bk.2, introduction,'Plans and Projects'.
Forthwith upright he rears from off the pool His mighty stature; on each hand the flames Driv'n backward slope their pointing spires, and rolled In billows, leave i'th'midst a horrid vale. John Milton
Of Satan. Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.1, l.221.
Her rash hand in evil hour Forth reaching to the fruit, she plucked, she ate: Earth felt the wound, and nature from her seat Sighing through all her works gave signs of woe, That all was lost. John Milton
Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.9, l.781^5.
Some natural tears theydropped, but wiped themsoon; The world was all before them, where to choose Their place of rest, and Providence their guide: They hand in hand with wand'ring steps and slow, Through Eden took their solitary way. John Milton
Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.12, l.645^9.
God of our Fathers, what is man! That thou towards him with hand so various, Or might I say contrarious, Temperst thy providence through his short course, Not evenly, as thou rul'st The angelic orders and inferior creatures mute, Irrational and brute. John Milton
Samson Agonistes, l.667^73.
Poetry is an extra hand. It can caress or tickle. It can clench and fight. Adrian Mitchell
'Poetry Lives', in the Sunday Times,13 Feb.
Go down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn't far from London!) And you shall wander hand in hand with love in summer's wonderland. Alfred Noyes
Keep your left hand high. Thomas P known as 'Tip' O'Neill
Recommending the boxer's defensive posture to President Carter. Recalled on O'Neill's death in the NewYork Times,7 Jan 1994.
May the hard hand of a vexatious need Oppress and grind you; till at last you find The curse of disobedience all your portion. Thomas Otway
Venice Preserved, or a Plot Discovered, act1, sc.1.
Unlike God the artist does not start with nothing and make something of it. He starts with himself as nothing and makes something of the nothing with the things at hand. Samuel Pepys
Interview in Esquire, Dec.
Lo! thy dread empire,Chaos! is restored; Light dies before thy uncreating word: Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall; And universal darkness buries all. Alexander Pope
The Dunciad, bk.4, l.653^6.
Old Hodge stays not his hand, but whips to kennel The renegade.God's peace betide the souls Of the pure in heart. But in the box that fennel Grows around, are two red eyes that stare like coals. John Crowe Ransom
Two Gentlemen in Bonds,'Dog'.
The blessed damozel leaned out From the gold bar of Heaven; Her eyes were deeper than the depth Of waters stilled at even; She had three lilies in her hand, And the stars in her hair were seven. Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Poems,'The Blessed Damozel', stanza1.
When vain desire at last and vain regret Go hand in hand to death, and all is vain, What shall assuage the unforgotten pain And teach the unforgetful to forget? Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The House of Life,'The One Hope', pt.2.
His Majesty entered the House, and as he passed up towards the Chair, he cast his eye on the right hand near Ruskin the Bar of the House where Mr Pym used to sit; but His Majesty, not seeing him there (knowing him well) went up to the Chair and said,'By your leave, Mr Speaker, I must borrow your chair a little.' John Rushworth
His account of the attempt made by Charles I to arrest five Members of Parliament on 4 Jan.
Fineart isthat inwhichthe hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. John Ruskin
TheTwo Paths, lecture 2.
O Caledonia! stern and wild, Meet nurse for a poetic child! Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land of the mountain and the flood. Land of my sires! what mortal hand Can e'er untie the filial band That knits me to thy rugged strand! Sir Walter Scott
The Lay of the Last Minstrel, canto 6, stanza 2.
The glories of our blood and state Are shadows, not substantial things; There is no armour against fate; Death lays his icy hand on kings: Scepter and crown Must tumble down, And in the dust be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade. James Shirley
The Contention of Ajax and Ulysses, act1, sc.3.
Facility is a dangerous thing.Where there is too much technical ease the brain stops criticising. Don't let the hand fall into a smart way of putting the mind to sleep. John French Sloan
Gist of Art.
Every individualintends only his own gain, and he is in this as in many other cases led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the publick good. Adam Smith
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of theWealth of Nations, bk.4, ch.3.
This rortie wretched city Sair come down frae its auld hiechts The hauf o't smug, complacent, Lost til all pride of race or spirit, The tither wild and rouch as ever In its secret hairt But lost alsweill, the smeddum tane, The man o'independent mind has cap in hand the day Sits on its craggy spine And drees the wind and rain That nourished all its genius Weary wi centuries This empty capital snorts like a great beast Caged in its sleep, dreaming of freedom. Sydney Goodsir Smith
Of Edinburgh.'Kynd Kittock's Land' (Kynd Kittock is a character in the poetry of the16c Scottish poetWilliam Dunbar.) rortie=splendid, smeddum=spirit, drees=endures.
Technologyis a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. C(harles) P(ercy), 1st Baron Snow
In the NewYorkTimes,15 Mar.
One day I wrote her name upon the strand, But came the waves and washe' d it away; Again I wrote it with a second hand, But came the tide, and made my pains his prey. 'Vain man,'said she,'that doest in vain assay A mortal thing so to immortalise, For I my self shall like to this decay, And eke my name be wipe' d out likewise.' 'Not so,'quod I,'let baser things devise To die in dust, but you shall live by fame: My verse your virtues rare shall eternise, And in the heavens write your glorious name. Where when as death shall all the world subdue, Our love shall live, and later life renew.' Edmund Spenser
Amoretti, sonnet 75.
First, sturdy March with brows full sternly bent, And arme' d strongly, rode upon a ram, The same which over Hellespontus swam: Yet in his hand a spade he also hent, And in a bag all sorts of seeds ysame, Which on the earth he strowe' d as he went, And filled her womb with fruitful hope of nourishment. Edmund Spenser
The Faerie Queen,'Mutability', canto 7, stanza 32. hent = grasped; ysame = together.
'I'll not hurt thee,'says my uncleToby, rising from his chair, and going across the room, with the fly in his hand, 'I'll not hurt a hair of thy head:Go,'says he, lifting up the sash, and opening his hand as he spoke, to let it escape;'go, poor devil, get thee gone, why should I hurt thee?This world surely is wide enough to hold both thee and me.' Laurence Sterne
^67 Tristram Shandy, bk.2, ch.12.
Everything presses onwhilst thou art twisting that lock,see! It grows grey; and every time I kiss thy hand to bid adieu, and everyabsence which follows it, are preludes to that eternal separation which we are shortly to make. Laurence Sterne
^67 Tristram toJenny.Tristram Shandy, bk.9, ch.8.
I would desire that every man would lay his hand on his heart, and consider seriously whether the beginnings of the people's happiness should be written in letters of blood. Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford
At his execution onTower Hill,12 May.
I must complainthe cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand. Jonathan Swift
Quoted in ColinJarmanThe Guinness Dictionary of Sports Quotations (1990).
And the stately ships go on To their haven under the hill; But O for the touch of a vanished hand, And the sound of a voice that is still! Tennyson
Poems,'Break, Break, Break', stanza 3.
For love is of the valley, come thou down And find him; by the happy threshold, he, Or hand in hand with Plenty in the maize, Or red with spirited purple of the vats, Or foxlike in the vine; nor cares to walk With Death and Morning on the silver horns. Tennyson
The Princess, pt.7, added song, l.184^9.
Dark house, by which once more I stand Here in the long unlovely street, Doors, where my heart was used to beat So quickly, waiting for a hand. Tennyson
In Memoriam A.H.H., canto 7, l.1^4.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin, The faithless coldness of the times; Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes, But ring the fuller minstrel in. Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civic slander and the spite; Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good. Ring out old shapes of foul disease; Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace. Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand; Ring out the darkness of the land; 844 Ring in the Christ that is to be. Tennyson
In Memoriam A.H.H., canto106, l.17^32.
Ah God, for a man with heart, head, hand, Like some of the simple great ones gone For ever and ever by, One still strong man in a blatant land, Whatever they call him, what care I, Aristocrat, democrat, autocratone Who can rule and dare not lie. Tennyson
Maud, pt.1, sect.10, stanza 5, l.389^95.
I kissed her slender hand, She took the kiss sedately; Maud is not seventeen, But she is tall and stately. Tennyson
Maud, pt.1, sect.12, stanza 4, l.424^7.
The hand that signed the paper felled a city; Five sovereign fingers taxed the breath, Doubled the globe of dead and halved a country; These five kings did a king to death. Dylan Marlais Thomas
'The HandThat Signed the Paper Felled a City'.
The hand that signed the treaty bred a fever, And famine grew, and locusts came; Great is the hand that holds dominion over Man by a scribbled name. Dylan Marlais Thomas
'The HandThat Signed the Paper Felled a City'.
I was seized by the stern hand of Compulsion, that dark, unseasonable Urgethat impelswomento cleanhouse in the middle of the night. James Grover Thurber
Alarms and Diversions,'There's A Time For Flags'.
Whoever is Lord of Malacca hashishand onthethroat of Venice. Tome Pires
^15 TheSuma Oriental ofTome Pires (translated byArmando Cortasao,1944).
The hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world. 886 William Ross Wallace
c.1865 John o' London'sTreasureTrove.
In all things that are purely social we can be as separate asthefingers,yetoneasthehand inall things essentialto mutual progress. BookerTaliaferro Washington
American soldier and statesman, first President. As commander of American forces in theWar of Independence he displayed great powers of leadership, suffering defeats at Brandywine and Germantown, but holding his army together through the winter of 1777^8 at Valley Forge. After the alliance with France (1778), he forced the surrender of Cornwallis (1781) then retired to MountVernon, and sought strong constitutional government. In 1787 he presided over the Constitutional Convention and became President, eventually joining the Federalist Party, and retired in1797.
The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army.Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance or abject submission.We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. BookerTaliaferro Washington
General orders, 2 Jul. Quoted inJ C Fitzpatrick (ed) Writings of GeorgeWashington (1932), vol.5.
That curious engine, your white hand. John Webster
The Duchess of Malfi, act 3, sc.2.
He found that a fork in his inexperienced hand was an instrument of chase rather than capture. H(erbert) G(eorge) Wells
Kipps, bk.2, ch.7.
If his thinking has been sound, then this world is at the end of its tether. The end of everything we call life is close at hand and cannot be evaded. H(erbert) G(eorge) Wells
Mind at the End of ItsTether, ch.1.
Yes, always keep the Classics at hand to prevent flop. (Adeline) Virginia ne e Stephen Woolf
Diary entry, 23 Jun.
Sheisso odda blend of Little Nell and Lady Macbeth.It is not so much the familiar phenomenon of a hand of steel in a velvet glove as a lacy sleeve with a bottle of vitriol concealed in its folds. Alexander Humphreys Woollcott
Of Dorothy Parker.While Rome Burns,'Our Mrs Parker'.
For thou wert still the poor man's stay, The poor man's heart, the poor man's hand; And all the oppressed, who wanted strength, Had thine at their command. William Wordsworth
'Rob Roy's Grave', l.109^12 (published1807).
If mine had been the painter's hand, To express what then I saw; and add the gleam, The light that never was, on sea or land, The consecration, and the poet's dream. William Wordsworth
'Elegiac Stanzas: suggested by a picture of Peele Castle in a storm', stanza 4 (published1807).
With what nice care equivalents are given, How just, how bountiful, the hand of Heaven. William Wordsworth
'Poor Robin', l.35^6 (published1842).
Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet; She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet. She bid metake love easy, asthe leavesgrow on thetree; But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree. In a field by the river my love and I did stand, And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand. She bid metake life easy, as thegrassgrows on the weirs; But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears. W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats
'Down by the Salley Gardens', complete poem. Collected in Crossways.
Our master Caesar is in the tent Where the maps are spread, His eyes fixed upon nothing, A hand under his head. 934 Like a long-legged fly upon the stream His mind moves upon silence. W(illiam) B(utler) YeatsSearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
'Long-Legged Fly', l.5^10. Collected in Last Poems (1939).
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