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.
Post nubila maxima, Phoebus. After the greatest
clouds, the sun. Alan of Lille also known as 'Alanus de Insulis' Liber Parabolarum, ch.1, l.33.
The sun provides the moon with its brightness. Anaxagoras Fragment in Plutarch
De facie in orbe lunae, 929b.
It was no summer progress. A cold coming they had of it, at this time of the
year; just, the worst time of the year, to take a journey, and
specially a long journey, in. The ways deep, the weather
sharp, the days short, the sun farthest off in solstitio
brumali, the very dead of winter. See Eliot 306:73. Lancelot Andrewes Of the Nativity, sermon15.
O ye'll tak the high road, and I'll tak the low
road, And I'll be in
Scotland afore ye, But me and my true
love will never meet again On the bonnie,
bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond By yon bonnie banks
and by yon bonnie braes, Where the sun
shines bright on Loch Lomond. Anonymous 'The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond', chorus and
stanza1. The author was a
Jacobite imprisoned in Carlisle.
Is it so small a thing To have enjoyed the
sun, To have lived light
in the spring, To have loved, to
have thought, to have done. Matthew Arnold 'Empedocles on Etna', act1, sc.2, l.397^400.
Rather than have it the principal thing in my son's
havehimthink thatthesunwent around the earth, and that
thestars were so many spangles set in the bright blue
firmament. Thomas Arnold Letter to Dr Greenhill, 9 May.
The terror of his name has stretched itself Wherever there is
sun. Francis and Fletcher,John Beaumont A King and No King, act 2, sc.2.
Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Furnish'd and
burnish'd by Aldershot sun, What strenuous
singles we played after tea, We in the
tournamentyou against me! SirJohn Betjeman New Bats in Old Belfries,'A Subaltern's Love-Song'.
Does Mum, the Persil-user, still believe That there's no
Devil and that youth is bliss? As certain as the
sun behind the Downs And quite as plain
to see, the Devil walks. SirJohn Betjeman A Few Late Chrysanthemums,'Original Sin on the
will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the L, which made heaven and
earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that
keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep. The L is thy
keeper: the L is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun
shall not smite thee by day, nor the moonby night.The L shall
preservetheefromallevil: he shall preserve
thy soul. The L shall preserve thy going out and thy
coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Bible (Old Testament) ORDORDORDORDORDPsalms121:1^8.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of
vanities; all isvanity.What
profit hatha manof all his labour which he taketh under the
sun? One generation passeth away, and another
generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. Bible (Old Testament) Ecclesiastes1:2^4.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be;
and that which is done
is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing
under the sun. Bible (Old Testament) Ecclesiastes1:9.
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days
come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt
say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or
the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor
the clouds return after the rain: In the day when the
keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men
shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease
because theyare few, and those that look out of the
windows be darkened, And the doors shall
be shut in the streets, when the sound of the
grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird,
and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low: Also when they
shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in
the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the
grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail:
because man goeth to his long home, and mournersgo
about the streets: Or ever the silver
cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the
pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the
cistern. Then shall the dust
return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return
unto God who gave it. Bible (Old Testament) Ecclesiastes12:1^7.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an
oven; Daniel and all the proud, yea, and all that do
wickedly, shall be stubble: and the
day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the L of hosts,
that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.But
untoyou that fear my nameshall the Sun of
righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth,
and grow up as calves of the stall. Bible (Old Testament) ORDMalachi 4:1^2.
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he
maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and
sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Bible (NewTestament) St Matthew 5:45.
And hespake many things untothem inparables, saying, Behold, a sower
went forthtosow; And whenhesowed, some seeds fell by
the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some
fell upon stony places, where they had not much
earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no
deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they
were scorched; and because they had no root, they
withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the
thorns sprung up, and choked them: But others fell into
good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an
hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Bible (NewTestament) St Matthew13:3^8.
And thesunwasdarkened, andtheveilofthetemplewas rent in the midst. Bible (NewTestament) St Luke 23:45.
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:
for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and
sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Bible (NewTestament) Ephesians 4:25^6.
And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man,
clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt
about the paps with golden girdle. His head and his
hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of
fire; And his feet like
unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his
voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his
right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp
two-edged sword: and his countenance was as
the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him,
I fell as his feet as dead. Bible (NewTestament) Revelation1:13^17.
These are they which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and
servehimdayand night inhistemple: and he that sitteth on the
throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no
more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light
on them nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the
midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them
unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe awayall
tears from their eyes. Bible (NewTestament) Revelation 7:14^17.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman
clothed with the
sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a
crown of twelve stars. Bible (NewTestament) Revelation12:1.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary
them, nor the years condemn. At the going down
of the sun and in the morning We will remember
them. (Robert) Laurence Binyon 'For the Fallen', in The Times, 21 Sep.
childishness is it that while there's breath of life in our bodies, we
are determined to rush to see the sun the
other way round? Elizabeth Bishop 'Questions of Travel'.
Whether on Ida's shady brow, Or in the chambers
of the East, The chambers of the
sun that now From ancient melody
have ceased. William Blake Poetical Sketches,'To The Muses'.
This was my countryand it may be yet, But something flew
between me and the sun. Edmund Charles Blunden 'The Resignation'.
Cricket to us was more than play, It was a worship in
the summer sun. Edmund Charles Blunden 'Pride of the
Village'. Quoted in Alan Ross (ed) The Penguin Cricketer's
When you come to the end of a perfect day, And you sit alone
with your thought, While the chimes
ring out with a carol gay For the joy that
the day has brought, Do you think what
the end of a perfect day Can mean to a tired
heart, When the sun goes
down with a flaming ray, And the dear
friends have to part? CarrieJacobs Bond 'A Perfect Day'.
There's night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon, and stars,
brother, all sweet things: there's likewise a wind on
the heath. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to
die? George Henry Borrow Lavengro, ch.25.
The night has
a thousand eyes, And the day but
one; Yet the light of
the bright world dies, With the dying sun.
The mind has a
thousand eyes, And the heart but
one; Yet the light of a
whole life dies, When love is done. See Lyly 523:12. F(rancis) W(illiam) Bourdillon Among the Flowers,'Light'.
The time is right to mix sentences with dirt and the sun with punctuation
and rain with verbs. Richard Brautigan Please Plant This Book,'Squash'.
Our sun is one of100 billion stars in our galaxy.Our galaxy is one of
billions of galaxies populating the universe.It would
be the height of presumption to think that we are the
only living things in that enormous immensity. Wernher von Braun In the NewYork Times, 29 Apr.
Breathless, we flung us on the windy hill. Laughed in the sun,
and kissed the lovely grass. Rupert Chawner Brooke 'Sonnet'.
Whilst I study to find how I am a microcosm of little world,I find myself
something more than the great. There is surelya
piece of divinity in us; something that was before the elements,
and owes no homage unto the sun. SirThomas Browne ^5 Religio Medici (published1643), pt.2, section11.
Life is a pure flame, and we live byan invisible sun within us. SirThomas Browne Hydriotaphia (Urn Burial), ch.5.
Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of
the living. All things fall under this name.The sun itself
is but the dark simulacrum, and light but the shadow of
God. SirThomas Browne The Garden of Cyrus, ch.2.
And it isgood to cheat the pair, and gibe, Letting the rank
tongue blossom into speech. Setebos, Setebos,
and Setebos! Thinketh, He
dwelleth i'the cold o'the moon. Thinketh He made
it, with the sun to match, But not the stars;
the stars came otherwise. Robert Browning Dramatis Personae,'Caliban upon Setebos', stanza1.
Mit einemWorte: wir wollen niemand in den Schatten stellen aber wir
verlangen auch unseren Platz an der Sonne. In a word, we
desire to throw no one into the shade, but we also demand our
own place in the sun. Prince Bernhard Heinrich von Bu« l ow Speech to the Reichstag, 6 Dec.
The angels all were singing out of tune, And hoarse with
having little else to do, Excepting to wind
up the sun and moon, Or curb a runaway
young star or two. Rochdale The Vision of Judgement, stanza 2.
The sun was shining on the sea, Shining with all
his might: He did his very
best to make The billows smooth
and bright And this was odd,
because it was The middle of the
night. 196 Dodgson Tweedledee. Through the Looking-Glass, ch.4, 'Tweedledum and
Tengo el impuro amor de las ciudades, y a este sol que
ilumina las edades prefiero yo del gas
las claridades. I have an impure
love for cities, and I prefer the
light coming from gaslamps rather than this
sun that lights the ages. Julia n del Casal Bustos y rimas,'En el campo' ('In the
Iwished to copy nature but I could not.But Iwassatisfied when I discovered
that the sun could not be reproduced but that it must be
represented by something elsecolour. Paul Ce zanne Quoted in D Hooker
(ed) Art of the Western World (1989).
Til that the brighte sonne loste his hewe; For th'orisonte
hath reft the sonne his lyght; This is as muche to
seye as it was nyght! Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales,'The Franklin's Tale', l.1016^8.
And not by eastern windows only, When daylight
comes, comes in the light, In front the sun
climbs slow, how slowly, But westward, look,
the land is bright. Arthur Hugh Clough 'Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth'.
They told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead, They brought bitter
news to hear, and bitter tears to shed. I wept as I
remembered how often you and I Had tired
thesunwithtalking and sent himdownthesky. William originally WilliamJohnson Cory Ionica, Poems,'Heraclitus', his translationof an
epigram by Callimachus.
Mad dogs and Englishmen Go out in the
midday sun. Sir Noe« l Peirce Coward 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' (song).
What is Africa to me: Copper sun or
scarlet sea, Jungle star or
jungle track, Strong bronzed men,
or regal black Women from whose
loins I sprang When the birds of Eden sang? Countee Cullen On These I Stand,'Heritage'.
Fluent in all the languages dead or living, the sun comes up
with a word of worlds all spinning in a world of
words. (Thomas) Allen Munro Curnow An Incorrigible Music,'A Balanced Bait in Handy
L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle. The love that moves
the sun and the other stars. Dante Alighieri originally Durante c.1320 Divina Commedia,'Paradiso', canto 33, l.145.
The evil of it is, that it is a world wrapped up in too much jeweller's cotton
and fine wool, and cannot hear the rushingofthelarger
worlds, and cannot seethemasthey circle round the
sun. It is a deadened world, and its growth is sometimes
unhealthy for want of air. CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^3 Of the world of fashion. Bleak House, ch.2.
'It is,'says Chadband,'the ray of rays, the sun of suns, the moonof
moons,thestarofstars.It isthelightof Terewth.' CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^3 Bleak House, ch.25.
Yesstand out of my sun a little. SeeAlexander the Great11:18. Diogenes of Sinope His reply when asked
by Alexander the Great if he lacked anything. Quoted in
Plutarch Parallel Lives,'Alexander'.
will not look upon the quickening sun, But straight her
beauty to my sense shall run; The air shall note
her soft, the fire most pure; Water suggest her
clear, and the earth sure; Time shall not lose
our passages. John Donne c.1595 Elegies, no.12,'His Parting from Her'.
Busy old fool, unruly sun, Why dost thou thus,
and through curtains, call on us? Must to thy motions
lovers'seasons run? Saucy pedantic
wretch, go chide Late schoolboys,
and sour prentices, Go tell
court-huntsmen that the King will ride, Call countryants to
harvest offices; Love, all alike, no
season knows, nor clime, Nor hours, days,
months, which are the rags of time. John Donne c.1595^1605 'The Sun Rising', collected in Songs and Sonnets (1633).
And new philosophy calls all in doubt, The element of fire
is quite put out; The sun is lost,
and th'earth, and no man's wit Can well direct
him, where to look for it. John Donne 'An Anatomy of the World: The First Anniversary'.
He brought light out of darkness, not out of a lesser light; he canbring
thysummerout of winter, though thou have no spring God
comes to thee, not as in the dawning of the day, not as in
the bud of the spring, but as the sun at noontoillustrateall
shadows,asthesheavesinharvestto fill all penuries.
All occasions invite his mercies, and all times are his
seasons. John Donne Sermons,'Christmas Day,1624'.
The Soviets sought not a place in the sun, but the sun itself. Their
objective was the world. They would not tolerate compromise
on goals, only on tactics. John Foster Dulles Comment to his
brother Allen. Quoted in Peter Grose Gentleman Spy (1994).
He was likea cock who thoughtthesun had risento hear him crow. George pseudonym of MaryAnn Evans Eliot Adam Bede, ch.33.
Time and the bell have buried the day, The black cloud
carries the sun away. T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot Four Quartets,'Burnt Norton', pt.4.
My care is like my shadow in the sun, Follows me flying,
flies when I pursue it, Stands and lies by
me, doth what I have done. Elizabeth I c.1582 'On Monsieur's Departure'.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the
frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the
upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even
two can pass abreast. Robert Lee Frost
North of Boston,'Mending Wall'.
There is no gilding of setting sun or glamor of poetry to light up the
ferocious and endless toil of the farmers' wives. (Hannibal) Hamlin Garland Boy Life on the Prairie,'Melons and Early Frost'.
With lack of sleep and too much understanding I grow a little
crazy,Ithink, likeall menat seawho livetoo closeto each other and too
close thereby to all that is monstrous under the sun and
moon. Sir William (Gerald) Golding Rites of Passage, closing words.
The insect youth are on the wing, Eager to taste the
honeyed spring, And float amid the
liquid noon: Some lightly o'er
the current skim, Some show their
gaily-gilded trim Quick-glancing to
the sun. Thomas Gray Ode on the Spring, l.25^30.
Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn Brushing with hasty
steps the dews away To meet the sun
upon the upland lawn. Thomas Gray Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, l.98^100.
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,
The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the
birds for mirth, One is nearer God's
Heart in a garden Than anywhere else
on earth. Dorothy Frances Gurney 'God's Garden'.
Education is another sun to the educated. Heraclitus fl.500 Fragment quoted in H
Diels and W Kranz (eds) Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker,
vol.1 (1951),181, no.134.
Lord of all being, throned afar, Thy glory flames
from sun and star; Centre and soul of
every sphere, Yet to each loving
heart how near! Oliver Wendell Holmes ^9 The Professor at the Breakfast Table,'A Sun-Day
The life that I have chosen gives me my full hours of enjoyment for the
balance of my life. The sun will not rise, or set,
without my notice, and thanks. Winslow Homer Letter to his brother, Charles, 23 Feb.
remember, I remember, The house where I
was born, The little window
where the sun Came peeping in at
morn; He never came a
wink too soon, Nor brought too
long a day, But now, I often
wish the night Had borne my breath
away! Honorius of Autun 'I Remember'.
She stood breast high amid the corn, Clasped by the
golden light of morn, Like the sweetheart
of the sun, Who many a glowing
kiss had won. Honorius of Autun 'Ruth'.
No sunno moon! No mornno noon No dawnno duskno
proper time of day. Honorius of Autun 'No'.
Clunton and Clunbury, Clungunford and
Clun, Are the quietest
places Under the sun. A(lfred) E(dward) Housman A Shropshire Lad, no.50, epigraph.
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in
the sun? (James Mercer) Langston Hughes 'Dream Deferred'. Lorraine Hansberry used the
phrase for the title of her
play A Raisin in the Sun (1959).
The brassy wood-pigeons Bubble their
colourful voices, and the sun Rises upon a world
well-tried and old. Ted (Edward James) Hughes 'Stealing Trout on a May Morning'.
She stands an instant in the sun Athwart her harsh
land's red and green Hands of a serf,
and warrior eyes Of some
flame-sceptred Irish queen. As if she does
not care that life Has reft the jewels
from her hair But grieves that
menial needs and base Were those that
left her palace bare. Robin pseudonym of IrisGuiver Wilkinson Hyde The Godwits Fly, ch.23. This poem is an adaptation
of 'The Farmer's Wife',
first published in The Desolate Star (1929).
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
Awake my soul, and with the sun Thy daily stage of
duty run. Thomas Ken Manual of Prayers for the use of the Scholars of
When the flush of a new-born sun fell first on Eden's green and gold, Our father Adamsat
under theTree and scratched with a stick in the mould;
And the first rude
sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty
heart, Till the
Devilwhispered behind theleaves,'It'spretty, but is it Art?' (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling 'The Conundrum of the Workshops'.
There lived a Parsee from whose hat the rays of the sun were reflected in
more-than-oriental splendour. (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories,'How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin'.
Of all the trees that grow so fair, Old England to
adorn, Greater are none
beneath the Sun, Than Oak, and Ash,
and Thorn. (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling Puck of Pook's Hill,'Tree Song'.
Teach us delight in simple things And mirth that has
no bitter springs; Forgiveness free of
evil done, And love to all men
'neath the sun! (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling Puck of Pook's Hill,'Children's Song'.
It's north you may run to the rime-ringed sun, Or south to the
blind Horn's hate; Or east all the way
into Mississippi Bay, Or west to the
Golden Gate. (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling Twenty Poems,'The Long Trail'.
When the sun shall be darkened, when the stars shall be thrown down, when
the mountains shall be set moving, when the pregnant
camels shall be neglected, when the savage beasts shall
be mustered, when the seas shall be set boiling, when
the souls shall be coupled, when the buried infant shall
be asked for what sin she was slain, when the scrolls shall
be unrolled, when heaven shall be stripped off, when
Hell shall be set blazing, when Paradise shall be
brought nigh, then shall a soul know what it has
produced. The Koran Sura 81,1^14.
In a somer seson, whan softe was the sonne, I shoop me into
shroudes as I a sheep were, In habite an
heremite unholy of werkes, Went wide in this
world wondres to here. William Langland c.1377 Piers Plowman (B text), prologue, l.1^4. (shoop = got,
shroudes = garments)
thought of London spread out in the sun, Its postal
districts packed like squares of wheat. Philip Arthur Larkin 'The Whitsun Weddings'.
Roamin' in the gloamin'on the bonnie banks o'Clyde. Roamin' in the
gloamin' wae my lassie by my side. When the sun has
gone to rest, That's the time that we love best O, it's lovely
roamin' in the gloamin'! Sir Harry (Hugh MacLennan) Lauder 'Roamin' in the Gloamin', chorus.
Andthesunsankagainonthegrand Australianbushthe nurseandtutorofeccentric
minds, thehome oftheweird, and of much that is
different from things in other lands. Henry Hertzberg Lawson 'The Bush Undertaker', first published in The
teaches the correct use of the sun and the planets. Stephen Butler Leacock Literary Lapses,'A Manual of Education'.
Igreet you as the advanceguard of the world proletarian army. The hour is
not far off whenthe German people will turn their
weapons againsttheircapitalist exploiters. The sun of the
socialist revolution has already risen. Vladimir Ilyich originally Vladimir IlyichUlyanov Lenin Speech, Petrograd,16 Apr.
Pray for the grace of accuracy Vermeer gave to the
sun's illumination stealing like the
tide across a map to his girl solid
with yearning. RobertTraill Spence,Jr Lowell Day by Day,'Epilogue'.
The first time ever I saw your face I thought the sun
rose in your eyes, And the moon and
the stars were the gifts you gave To the dark and the
empty skies. EwanJames Miller MacColl 'The First Time Ever I SawYour Face', stanza1.
The cowboys had lived for months under the great bowl of the sky, and yet
the Montana skies seemed deeper than the skies of
Texas or Nebraska. Their depth and blueness robbed
even the sun of its harsh forceit seemed smaller, in
the vastness, and the whole sky no longer turned white
at noon as it had in the lower plains. Always, somewhere
to the north, there was a swath of blueness, with
white cloads floating in it like petals in a pond. 537 LarryJeff McMurtry Lonesome Dove, ch.93.
Let us roll all our strength, and all Our sweetness, up
into one ball: And tear our
pleasures with rough strife, Through the iron
gates of life. Thus, though we
cannot make our sun Stand still, yet we
will make him run. Andrew Marvell c.1650^1652 'To His Coy Mistress' (published1681), closing lines.
systems! Away with a corrupt world! Let us breathe the air of
the Enchanted island.Golden lie the meadows; golden run
the streams; red gold is on the pine-stems. The
sun's coming down to earth, and walks the fields and the
waters. The sun is coming down to earth, and the
fields and the waters shout to him golden shouts. George Meredith The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, ch.19.
It was the winter wild While the Heaven
born child All meanly wrapped
in the rude manger lies; Nature in awe to him
Had doffed her
gaudy trim With her great
Master so to sympathize; It was no season
then for her To wanton with the
sun, her lusty paramour. John Milton 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity','The Hymn',
Virtue could see to do what Virtue would By her own radiant
light, though sun and moon Were in the flat
sea sunk. And Wisdom's self Oft seeks to sweet
retired solitude, Where with her best
nurse contemplation She plumes her feathers,
and lets grow her wings That in the various
bustle of resort Were all too
ruffl'd, and sometimes impair'd. He that has light
within his own clear breast May sit i'the
centre, and enjoy bright day, But he that hides a
dark soul, and foul thoughts Benighted walks
under the midday sun; Himself is his own
dungeon. John Milton Comus, A Mask, l.372^83.
To think of playing cricket for hard cash! Money and gentility would
ruin any pastime under the sun. Mary Russell Mitford Letter to R B Haydon, 24 Aug.
Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I knew There was milk and
toast and honey and a bowl of oranges, too. And the sun poured
in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses. Joni (RobertaJoan) ne e Anderson Mitchell 'Chelsea Morning'.
One evening,Iwas walking along a path, the city was on one side and the
fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over
the fjordthe sun was setting, and the clouds turning
blood red.I sensed a scream passing through nature; it
seemed to me that I heard the scream. Ipainted this
picture, paintedthe cloudsas actual blood. The colour
shrieked. This becameThe Scream. Edvard Munch Diary.
His Majesty's dominions, on which the sun never
sets. Christopher pseudonym of JohnWilson North 'Noctes Ambrosianae', no.42, in Blackwood's
That my old bitter heart was pierced in this black doom, That foreign devils
have made our land a tomb, That the sun that
was Munster's glory has gone down Has made me a
beggar before you,Valentine Brown. Egan Gaelic name Aodhaga n OÅ Rathaille O'Rahilly 'Valentine Brown',
translated from the Irish by Michael O'Donovan (pseudonym
The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling
through the cities, the lies are streaming from the
loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun, and
neither the dictators nor the bureaucrats, deeplyas they
disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it. George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell
'Some Thoughts on the Common Toad'.
Move him into the sun Gently its touch
awoke him once, At home, whispering
of fields unsown. Wilfred Owen 'Futility', collected in Poems (published1920).
If anything might rouse him now The kind old sun
will know. Wilfred Owen 'Futility', collected in Poems (published1920).
Why should not the name of an Australian be equal to
that of a Britonto that of a citizen of
the proudest country under the sun?
Make yourselves a united people, appear
before the world as one, and the dream of going 'home'
will die away. Sir Henry Parkes Speech to theAustralian Federation Conference, Feb.
Your anger was a climate I inhabited like a desert in a
dry frigid weather of high thin air and
ivory sun, sand dunes the wind
lifted into stinging clouds that blinded
and choked me where the only ice
was in the blood. Marge Piercy Stone, Paper, Knife,'TheWeight'.
Bright as the sun, her eyes the gazers strike, And, like the sun,
they shine on all alike. Alexander Pope The Rape of the Lock, canto 2, l.13^14.
Bah! I have sung women in three cities, But it is all the
same; And I will sing of
the sun. Ezra Loomis Pound Personae,'Cino'.
What is our life? a play of passion; Our mirth the music
of division; Our mothers' wombs
the tiring-houses be Where we are
dressed for this short comedy. Heaven the
judicious sharp spectator is, That sits and marks
still who doth act amiss; Our graves that
hide us from the searching sun Are like drawn
curtains when the play is done. Thus march we,
playing, to our latest rest, Only we die in
earnestthat's no jest. Sir Walter Raleigh 'On the Life of Man'.
saw dawn upon them like the sun a vision of a time when all
men walk proudly through the earth and the bombs and
missiles lie at the bottom of the ocean like the bones of
dinosaurs buried under the shale of eras. Dudley Randall Cities Burning,'Roses and Revolutions'.
Praise the sports of the land And water, each
one The bath by the
beach, or the yacht on the sea But of all the
sweet pleasures Known under the
sun; A good game of Croquet's
the sweetest to me. Thomas Mayne Reid Quoted in Colin Jarman The Guinness Dictionary of
Sports Quotations (1990).
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
Elle est retrouve e. Quoi?L'EŁ
ternite . C'est la mer alle
e Avec le soleil. It has been
recovered. What?Eternity. It is the sea
escaping With the sun. (Jean Nicolas) Arthur Rimbaud Derniers vers, Fe" tes de la
patience,'L'EŁ ternite ' .
The country habit has me by the heart, For he's bewitched
for ever who has seen, Not with his eyes
but with his vision, Spring Flow down the woods
and stipple leaves with sun. Vita (Victoria Mary) Sackville-West The Land,'Winter'.
Hidden in wonder and snow, or sudden with summer, This land stares at
the sun in a huge silence Endlessly repeating
something we cannot hear. Inarticulate,
arctic, Not written on by
history, emptyas paper, It leans away from
the world with songs in its lakes Older than love,
and lost in the miles. 722 F(rancis) R(eginald) Scott Of Canada.'Laurentian Shield'.
Ah! County Guy, the hour is nigh, The sun has left
the lea, The orange flower
perfumes the bower, The breeze is on
the sea. Sir Walter Scott Quentin Durward, ch.4.
Mont Blanc yet gleams on high: the power is there, The still and
solemn power of many sights And many sounds,
and much of life and death. In the long glare
of day, the snows descend Upon that Mountain;
none beholds them there, Nor when the flakes
burn in the sinking sun, Or the sunbeams
dart through them. Percy Bysshe Shelley 'Mont Blanc'.
open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience: it
also marks the time, which is four o'clock in the morning, and
saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal
about gilding the eastern hemisphere. 788 Richard Brinsley Sheridan Mr Puff, of his tragedy 'The Spanish Armada'.The
Critic, act 2, sc.2.
When I was a boy the Sioux owned the world; the sun roseand set on
their land; they sent ten thousand men to battle.Where are
the warriors today? Who slew them? Where are our
lands? Who owns them? What law have I broken? Is
it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me
because my skin is red? Because I am a Sioux; because I
was born where my father lived; because I would die
for my country? Sitting Bull real name Tatanka Iyotake c.1866 Quoted inT C McLuhan Touch the Earth (1973).
he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and
glaring eyes. For he counteracts
the Devil, who is death, by brisking about the life. For in his morning
orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him. For he is of the
tribe of Tiger. Christopher Smart ^63 Of his cat Jeoffry. JubilateAgno, fragment B,
Thank heavens, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy
it. Logan Pearsall Smith Afterthoughts,'Myself'.
Shall I tell you the signs of a New Age coming? It is a sound of
drubbing and sobbing Of people crying,We
are old, we are old And the sun isgoing
down and becoming cold. Stevie (Florence Margaret) Smith NotWaving but Drowning,'The NewAge'.
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'.
The names of those who in their lives fought for life, Who wore at their
hearts the fire's centre. Born of the sun
they travelled a short while towards the sun, And left the vivid
air signed with their honour. Sir Stephen Harold Spender 'I Think Continually ofThose'.
My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky; It's time to take
the window to see Leerie going by; Foreverynight
attea-timeand before youtakeyourseat, With lantern and
with ladder he comes posting up the street. Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Garden ofVerses, no.30,'The Lamplighter',
Blows the wind to-day, and the sun and the rain are flying, Blows the wind on
the moors to-dayand now, Where about the
graves of the martyrs the whaups are crying, My heart remembers
how! Robert Louis Stevenson Songs ofTravel (published1896), no.45,'To S.R. Crockett
(in reply to a
To-day I find from my observations of the sunthat I am now camped in the
centre of Australia. I have marked a tree and planted
the British flag there. There is a high mount about two
miles and a half to the north-north- east.Iwish it had
been inthe centre; but on itto-morrow I will raise a cone
of stones, and plant the flag there, and name it 'Central
Mount Stuart'. John McDouall Stuart Journalentry, 22 Apr. Onreaching the centre of
Australia, at Small Gum Creek.
Collected inW. Hardman (ed) Journals ofJohn McDou'all Stuart
IT'S THE SUN WOT WON IT The Sun Headline,11 Apr, after the general election victory
by the Conservatives.
Set me whereas the sun doth parch the green, Or where his beams
may not dissolve the ice, In temperate heat,
where he is felt and seen, With proud people,
in presence sad and wise; Set me in base, or
yet in high degree, In the long night,
or in the shortest day, In clear weather,
or where mists thickest be, In lusty youth, or
when my hairs be grey Yours will I be,
and with that only thought Comfort myself when
that my hap is nought. Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey 'Set me whereas the
sun doth parch the green'.
The sun has gane down o'er the lofty Benlomond, And left the red
clouds to preside o'er the scene, While lanely I
stray, in the calm simmer gloamin', To muse on sweet
Jessie, the flower o' Dunblane. How sweet is the
brier wi' its saft faulding blossom, And sweet is the
birk, wi' its mantle o'green; Yet sweeter, and
fairer, and dear to this bosom, Is lovely young
Jessie, the flower o' Dunblane. Robert Tannahill 'Jessie, the Flower o' Dunblane', stanza1.
bow-shot from her bower-eaves, He rode between the
barley-sheaves, The sun came
dazzling through the leaves, And flamed upon the
brazen greaves Of bold Sir
Lancelot. A red-cross knight
forever kneeled To a lady in his
shield, That sparkled on
the yellow field, Beside remote
Shalott. Tennyson Poems,'The Lady of Shalott' (revised1842), pt.3,
He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in
lonely lands, Ringed with the
azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea
beneath him crawls; He watches from his
mountain walls, And like a
thunderbolt he falls. Tennyson 'The Eagle', complete poem.
Rain, rain, and sun! a rainbow in the sky! Ayoung man will be
wiser byand by; An old man's wit
may wander ere he die. Tennyson Idylls of the King,'The Coming of Arthur', l.402^4.
And the sun went down, and the stars came out far over the summer sea, But never a moment
ceased the fight of the one and the fifty-three. Tennyson 'The Revenge', stanza 9, l.56^7.
Light breaks where no sun shines; Where no sea runs,
the waters of the heart Push in their
tides. Dylan Marlais Thomas 'Light BreaksWhere No Sun Shines'.
And before you let the sun in, mind it wipes its shoes. Dylan Marlais Thomas Under MilkWood.
The sun hums
down through the cotton flowers of her dress into the bell
of her heart and buzzes in the honey there and couches
and kisses, lazy-loving and boozed, in her red-berried
breast. Dylan Marlais Thomas Under MilkWood.
Jesus shall reign where'er the sun Does his successive
journeys run; His kingdom stretch
from shore to shore, Till moons shall
wax and wane no more. Isaac Watts The Psalms of David Imitated, Psalm 72.
It was the best place to be, thought Wilbur, this warm delicious cellar,
with the garrulous geese, the changing seasons, the heat
of the sun, the passage of swallows, the nearness of
rats, the sameness of sheep, the love of spiders, the smell
of manure, and the glory of everything. E(lwyn) B(rooks) White Charlotte'sWeb, ch.22.
We havefought for our place in the sun and have won it.It will be my
business to seethat we retain this place in the sun
unchallenged. Kaiser Wilhelm II Speech in Hamburg,18 Jun. Quoted in TheTimes, 20
Life itself, every moment of it, every drop of it, here, this instant, now, in
the sun, in Regent's Park, was enough. Too much, indeed. (Adeline) Virginia ne e Stephen Woolf Mrs Dalloway.
Three years she grew in sun and shower, 924 The Nature said,'A
lovelier flower On earth was never
sown; This Child I to myself
will take; She shall be mine,
and I will make A Lady of my own.' William Wordsworth 'ThreeYears she grew in sun and shower', stanza1 (published1800).
It is a beauteous evening, calm and free, The holy time is
quiet as a nun Breathless with
adoration; the broad sun Is sinking down in
its tranquillity; The gentleness of
heaven broods o'er the sea: Listen! the mighty
being is awake, And doth with his
eternal motion make A sound like
thundereverlastingly. William Wordsworth 'It is a beauteous evening calm and free', l.1^8
Earth hath not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of
soul who could pass by A sight so touching
in its majesty: This City now doth
like a garment wear The beauty of the
morning; silent, bare, Ships, towers,
domes, theatres, and to the sky; All bright and
glittering in the smokeless air. Never did sun more
beautifully steep In his first
splendour, valley, rock, or hill; Ne'er saw I, never
felt, a calm so deep! The river glideth
at his own sweet will; Dear God! the very
houses seem asleep; And all that mighty
heart is lying still! William Wordsworth Of London.'Composed uponWestminster Bridge', complete poem.
What soul was his, when, from the naked top Of some bold
headland, he beheld the sun Rise up, and bathe
the world in light! He looked Ocean and earth,
the solid frame of earth And ocean's liquid
mass, in gladness lay Beneath him:Far
and wide the clouds were touched, And in their silent
faces he could read Unutterable love. William Wordsworth 'The Excursion', bk.1, l.198^205.
And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time
and times are done The silver apples
of the moon, The golden apples of
the sun. W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats 'The Song of Wandering Aengus', l.21^4. Collected
in The Wind Among the