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


Sometime we see a cloud that’s dragonish,
A vapour, sometime like a bear, or lion,
A tower’d citadel, a pendent rock,
A forked mountain, or blue promontory
With trees upon’t, that nod unto the world,
And mock our eyes with air: thou hast seen these signs;
They are the black vesper’s pageants.
Shakespeare.—Antony and Cleopatra, Act IV. Scene 12. (Antony to Eros.)

Ascending through the opening of cloud-curtains.
Longfellow.—The Song of Hiawatha. (The peace pipe.)

Closed with a cloud.
St. John.—The Revelation, Chap. x. Ver. 1.

Yonder cloud
That rises upward always higher,
A looming bastion fringed with fire.
Tennyson.—In Memoriam, 15, V. 4, 5.

Can such things be,
And overcome us like a summer cloud,
Without our special wonder?
Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act III. Scene 4. (Macbeth, after he had seen the Ghost of Banquo.)