Pange, lingua, gloriosi Corporis mysterium,
pretiosi, Quem in mundi
pretium Fructus ventris
generosi Rex effudit
gentium. Now, my tongue, the
mystery telling Of the glorious
Body sing, And the Blood, all
price excelling, Which the Gentiles'
Lord and King, In aVirgin's womb
once dwelling, Shed for this
world's ransoming. StThomas Aquinas Pange Lingua Gloriosi, known as the Corpus Christi
hymn (translated by J M
Neale et al).
Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither:
the L gave, and the L hath taken away; blessed be
the name of the L. Bible (Old Testament) ORDORDORDJob1:21.
Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had
given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me! Bible (Old Testament) Job10:18.
Lo, children are an heritage of the L: and the fruit of the womb is his
reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are
children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his
quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they
shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Bible (Old Testament) ORDPsalms127:3^5.
wombe! O bely! O stynkyng cod Fulfilled of dong
and of corrupcioun! Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales,'The Pardoner's Tale', l.534^5.
Assoon as I stepped out of my mother's womb on to
dry land, I realized
that I had made a mistakebut the trouble with children is that they are not
returnable. Quentin Crisp US film actress. Originally a nightclub
dancer, she began in silent films in1925 and found fame in
the1930s and1940s. 1968
The Naked Civil Servant, ch.2.
Immensity cloistered in thy dear womb. John Donne La Corona,'Nativity'.
From plots and treasons Heaven preserve my years, But save me most
from my petitioners. Unsatiate as the
barren womb or grave; God cannot grant so
much as they can crave. John Dryden Absalom and Achitophel, pt.1, l.985^8.
Historians spend their lives and lavish ink Explaining how
great commonwealths collapse From great defects
of policyperhaps The cause is
sometimes simpler than they think. Have more states
perished, then, For having shackled
the enquiring mind, Than those who, in
their folly not less blind, Trusted the servile
womb to breed free men? A(lec) D(erwent) Hope 'Advice toYoung Ladies', in Collected
They call her a young country, but they lie: She is the last of
lands, the emptiest, A woman beyond her
change of life, a breast Still tender but
within the womb is dry. A(lec) D(erwent) Hope 'Australia', in
Collected Poems1930^1970 (1972).
To be no
more; sad cure; for who would lose, Though full of
pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that
wander through eternity, To perish rather,
swallowed up and lost In the wide womb of
uncreated night, Devoid of sense and
motion? John Milton Belial. Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.2,
Forget not bees in winter, though they sleep, For winter's big
with summer in her womb. Vita (Victoria Mary) Sackville-West The Land,'Spring'.
am the daughter of Earth and Water, And the nursling of
the Sky; I pass through the
pores of the ocean and shores; I change, but I
cannot die, For after the rain
when with never a stain The pavilion of
Heaven is bare, And the winds and
sunbeams with their convex gleams Build up the blue
dome of air, I silently laugh at
my own cenotaph, And out of the
caverns of rain, Like a child from
the womb, like a ghost from the tomb, I arise and unbuild
it again. Percy Bysshe Shelley 'The Cloud'.
The principle which prompts to save is the desire of bettering our
conditiona desire whichcomes with us from the womb
and never leaves us till we go into the grave. Adam Smith An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of theWealth
of Nations, bk.2,
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.