Oft, as in airy rings they skim the heath,The clam'rous lapwings feel the leaden death;Oft, as the mounting larks their notes prepare,They fall, and leave their little lives in air.
I shoot the Hippopotamus With bullets made of platinum, Because if I use leaden ones His hide is sure to flatten 'em.
Speakers' nerves affect them in various ways. Some tremble, some become frenzied. I lose all confidence, and suffer from a leaden oppression that makes me wonder why I ever agreed to speak at all; the Tomb and the Conqueror Worm seem preferable to delivering the stupid and piffling speech I have so carefully prepared.Robertson Davies
I shoot the Hippopotamus With bullets made of platinum, Because if I use the leaden ones His hide is sure to flatten 'em.
Of the gladest moments in human life, methinks is the departure upon a distant journey to unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the Slavery of Home, man feels once more happy. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood....afresh dawns the morn of life...sir richard francis burton