Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


For he being dead, with him is beauty slain,
And beauty dead, black chaos comes again.
Shakespeare.—Venus and Adonis, Stanza 170.

Excellent wretch! perdition catch my soul
But I do love thee! and when I love thee not
Chaos is come again.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act III. Scene 3. (Othello’s love for his Wife.)

But, should he hide his face, th’ astonish’d sun,
And all th’ extinguish’d stars, would loosening reel
Wide from their spheres, and chaos come again.
Thomson.—Summer, Line 182.

Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light,
Indulge dread chaos and eternal night.
Pope.—The Dunciad, Book IV. Line 1.

Then rose the seed of chaos, and of night,
To blot out order, and extinguish light.
Pope.—The Dunciad, Book IV. Line 13.

Lo! thy dread empire, chaos! is restored;
Light dies before thy uncreating word:
Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall;
And universal darkness buries all.
Pope.—The Dunciad, Book IV. Line 653.

Eldest night and chaos ancestors of nature.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book II. Line 894.