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
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
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',
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
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
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) ORDORDGenesis 3:21^4.
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) ORDGenesis16:11^12.
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) Exodus17:11.
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) Exodus 21:23^4.
Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. Bible (Old Testament) Kings18:44.
Every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other
hand held a weapon. Bible (Old Testament) Nehemiah 4:17.
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) Job 2:4^5.
Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me,O L God of
truth. Bible (Old Testament) ORDPsalms 31:5.
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) Psalms 73:23^6.
The L said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine
enemies thy footstool. Bible (Old Testament) ORDPsalms110:1.
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) Psalms139:7^12.
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) Psalms145:15^16.
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) ORDORDPsalms139:1^6.
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) Ecclesiastes 9:10.
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) Isaiah 40:12.
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) Daniel 5:5.
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
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) St Matthew14:31.
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
See what a large letter I have written unto you with
mine own hand. Bible (NewTestament) Galatians 6:11.
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) Hebrews1:1^3.
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 Psalm 9:19.
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 Psalm 95:1^7.
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
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
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
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').
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).
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
'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.
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
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
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 'By Strauss'.
Che gelida manina. Your tiny hand is
frozen. Giuseppe Giacosa Rodolpho to Mimi. La Bohe' me (with Luigi Illica,
music by Puccini).
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 Unit One.
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
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
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.
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
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,
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 'The Barrel-Organ'.
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.
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,
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,
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.
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.
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'.
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
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
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
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) Yeats 'Long-Legged Fly', l.5^10. Collected in Last Poems