What helps it
now, that Byron bore, With haughty scorn
which mocked the smart, Through Europe to
the Aetolian shore The pageant of his
bleeding heart? That thousands
counted every groan, And Europe made his
woe her own? Matthew Arnold Poems: Second Series,'Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse',
Since Man with that inconstancy was born, To love the absent,
and the present scorn. Why do we deck, why
do we dress For such a
short-liv'd happiness? Brendan Francis Behan Lycidus,'To Alexis in Answer to his Poem against
Fruition,' stanza 3.
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the
people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot
out the lip, they shake the head, saying,HetrustedontheL that
hewoulddeliverhim: let him deliver
him, seeing he delighted in him. Bible (Old Testament) ORDPsalms 22:6^8.
no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is one which
humbleth and exalteth. Bible (Apocrypha) Ecclesiasticus
Inspiring, bold John Barleycorn! What dangers thou
canst make us scorn! Wi' tippenny, we
fear nae evil; Wi'usquabae, we'll
face the devil! Robert Burns 'Tam o' Shanter. A Tale'.'Usquabae' = whisky.
Il n'est pas de destin que ne se surmonte par le me pris. There is no fate
that cannot be surmounted by scorn. Albert Camus Le Mythe de Sisyphe ( The Myth of Sisyphus,1955).
little disdain is not amiss; a little scorn is alluring. William Congreve Lady Wishfort to Foible. The Way of the World, act
Care-charmer Sleep, son of the sable Night, Brother to Death,
in silent darkness born, Relieve my languish
and restore the light; With dark
forgetting of my care return. And let the day be
time enough to mourn The shipwreck of my
ill adventured youth: Let waking eyes
suffice to wail their scorn Without the torment
of the night's untruth. Samuel Daniel Delia, sonnet 54.
Learn then to dance, you that are princes born, And lawful lords of
earthly creatures all; Imitate them, and
thereof take no scorn, (For this new art
to them is natural) And imitate the
stars celestial. For when pale death
your vital twist shall sever, Your better parts
must dance with them forever. SirJohn Davies Orchestra, or a Poem of Dancing, stanza 60.
What I have left is from my native spring; I've still a heart
that swells, in scorn of fate, And lifts me to my
banks. John Dryden All for Love, or The World Well Lost, act 3.
know that Ihavethe bodyof a weak and feeble woman, but I havetheheart
and stomach of a kingand a king of England too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any Prince of
Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm. Elizabeth I Address at Tilbury on the approach of the Spanish Armada.
Still on Israel's head forlorn Every nation heaps
its scorn. 496 Emma Lazarus 'The World's Justice'.
Human nature is the same everywhere; it deifies success, it has
nothing but scorn for defeat. Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain Joan of Arc, bk.1, ch.8.
For generations the British bourgeoisie have spoken of themselves as
gentlemen, and by that they have meant, among other things,
a self-respecting scorn of irregular perquisites. It is
the quality that distinguishes the gentleman from both
the artist and the aristocrat. Evelyn Arthur StJohn Waugh Decline and Fall, pt.1, ch.6.
In this House, which is termed a place of free speech, there is nothing so
necessary for the preservation of the Prince and State as
free speech; and without it, it is a scorn and a mockery
to call it a Parliament House, for in truth it is none but
a very school of flatteryand dissimulation, and
so fit a place to serve the devil and his angels in, and not
to glorify God and benefit the Commonwealth. Peter Wentworth House of Commons, 8 Feb.