Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife! To all the sensual world proclaim, One crowded hour of glorious life Is worth an age without a name.
Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)
Source: Old Mortality. Chap. xxxiv.
Contributed by: Zaady
O woman! in our hours of ease Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light quivering aspen made; When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou!
For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war, Was to wed the fair Ellen of Lochinvar.
Source: Marmion, 1808
When Israel, of the Lord belov'd, Out of the land of bondage came, Her fathers' God before her mov'd, An awful guide in smoke and flame.
Source: Ivanhoe. Chap. xxxix.
What can they see in the longest kingly line in Europe, save that it runs back to a successful soldier?
Source: Woodstock. 1826, ch. 37
"Lambe them, lads! lambe them!" a cant phrase of the time derived from the fate of Dr. Lambe, an astrologer and quack, who was knocked on the head by the rabble in Charles the First's time.
Source: Peveril of the Peak. Chap. xlii.
Profan'd the God-given strength, and marr'd the lofty line.
Source: Marmion. Introduction to Canto i.
Like the dew on the mountain, Like the foam on the river, Like the bubble on the fountain, Thou art gone, and forever!
Source: Lady of the Lake. Canto iii. Stanza 16.
To all, to each, a fair good-night, And pleasing dreams, and slumbers light!
When a man hasn't a good reason for doing a thing, he has a good reason for letting it alone.
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