Without the Empire we should be tossed like a cork in the cross current of world politics.It is at once our sword and our shield.
In genial spring, beneath the quivering shade, Where cooling vapors breathe along the mead, The patient fisher takes his silent stand, Intent, his angle trembling in his hand; With looks unmov'd, he hopes the scaly breed, And eyes the dancing Cork, and bending reed.Alexander Pope
I prythee, take the Cork out of thy mouth that I may drink thy tidings.william shakespeare
By insisting on having your bottle pointing to the north when the Cork is being drawn, and calling the waiter Max, you may induce an impression on your guests which hours of laboured boasting might be powerless to achieve. For this purpose, however, the guests must be chosen as carefully as the wine.saki
What contemptible scoundrel stole the Cork from my lunch?w. c. fields
On this I ponder Where'er I wander, And thus grow fonder, Sweet Cork, of thee, With thy bells of Shandon, That sounds so grand on The pleasant waters Of the river Lee.