Now let us thank the Eternal Power: convincedThat Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction,—That oft the cloud which wraps the present hourServes but to brighten all our future days.
Fate often preserves the undoomed warrior when his courage holds firm.Beowulf
Twice or thrice had I loved thee, Before I knew thy face or name; So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame Angels affect us oft, and worshipped be; Still when, to where thou wert, I came, Some lovely glorious nothing did I see.john donne
Her pencil drew whate'er her soul designed, And oft thehappydraft surpassed the image in her mind.john dryden
With little here to do or see Of things that in the great world be, Sweet Daisy! oft I talk to thee For thou art worthy, Thou unassuming commonplace Of Nature, with that homely face, And yet with something of a grace Which love makes for thee!william wordsworth
The drop of rain maketh a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.Hugh Latimer
Till their own dreams at length decive 'em,And oft repeating, they believe 'em.Matthew Prior
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.william shakespeare
And oft I thought (my fancy was-so strong) That I, at last, a resting-place had found: 'Here: will I dwell,' said I,' my whole life long, Roaming the illimitable waters round; Here will I live, of all but heaven disowned. And end my days upon the peaceful flood — To break my dream the vessel reached its bound; And homeless near a thousand homes I stood, And near a thousand tables pined and wanted food.william wordsworth
So mightiest powers by deepest calms are fed, And sleep, how oft, in things that gentlest be!
With silver drops the mead yet spread for ruth, In active games of nimbleness and strength, Where we did strain, trained with swarms of youth, Our tender limbs that yet shot up in length. The secret groves, which oft we made resound Of pleasant plaint, and of our ladies' praise; Recording oft what grace each one had found, What hope of speed, what dread of long delays.howard, henry, earl of surrey
What if he has borrowed the matter and spoiled the form, as it oft falls out?Michel de Montaigne
The stone that is rolling can gather no moss; For master and servant oft changing is loss.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. This above all: to thine ownself be true.
The moon, the moon, so silver and cold, her fickle temper has oft been told. Now shady now bright and sunny. But of all the lunar things that change, the one that shows most fickle and strange, and takes the most eccentric range, is the moon so called of honey!thomas hood
For it comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.william shakespeare
And though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold.william shakespeare
Tis gold Which buys admittance; oft it doth; yea, and Diana's rangers false themselves, yield up Their deer to the stand o' the stealer: and 'tis gold Which makes the true man kill'd and saves the thief; Nay, sometimes hangs both thief and true man.william shakespeare
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy; For the apparel oft proclaims the man.william shakespeare
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, Which we ascribe to Heaven.
There scatter'd oft the earliest of ye Year By Hands unseen are showers of Vi'lets found; The Redbreast loves to build and warble there, And little Footsteps lightly print the ground.
oft him anhaga:;:;:;:;:;:;are gebideð, metudes miltse, :;:;:;:;:;:;þeah þe he modcearig geond lagulade:;:;:;:;:;:;longe sceolde hreran mid hondum:;:;:;:;:;:;hrimcealde sæ, wadan wræclastas. :;:;:;:;:;:; Wyrd bið ful aræd!
oft has good nature been the fool's defence, And honest meaning gilded want of sense.william shenstone