lui la foi, a' elle le doute, a' elle le fardeau le plus lourd: la femme ne
souffre-t-elle pas toujours pour deux? For him, faith; for
her, doubt and for her theheavier load: does not the woman
always suffer for both? Honore de Balzac La Recherche de l'absolu.
One evening in October, when I was one-third sober, An'taking home
a'load' with manly pride; My poor feet began
to stutter, so I lay down in the gutter, And a pig came up
an' lay down by my side. Then we sang 'It's
all fair weather when good fellowsget together,' Till a lady passing
by was heard to say: 'You can tell a man
who boozes by the company he chooses', And the pig got up
and slowly walked away. Benjamin Hapgood Burt 'The Pig Got Up and Slowly Walked Away'.
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?
(James Mercer) Langston Hughes 'Dream Deferred'.
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend
of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him
how to load and bless With fruit the
vines that round the thatch-eaves run. John Keats Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems,'To
There is continual spring, and harvest there Continual, both
meeting at one time: For both the boughs
do laughing blossoms bear, And with fresh
colours deck the wanton prime, And eke attonce the
heavy trees they climb, Which seem to
labour under their fruits load: The whiles the
joyous birds make their pastime Amongst the shady
leaves, their sweet above, And their true
loves without suspicion tell abroad. Edmund Spenser Of the Garden of Adonis. The Faerie Queen, bk.3,
canto 6, stanza 42.