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


One day in thy courts is better than a thousand.
Psalm lxxxiv. Ver. 10.

Empire and love! the vision of a day.
Young.—Force of Religion, Book I. Line 94.

One day spent well, and agreeably to your precepts, is preferable to an eternity of error.
Yonge’s Cicero.—Tusculan Disp. Book V. Division 2.

Frail empire of a day!
That with the setting sun extinct is lost.
Somerville.—Hobbinol, Canto III. Line 326.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
St. Matthew, Chap. vi. Ver. 34.

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky,
The dew shall weep thy fall to-night;
For thou must die.
George Herbert.—The Temple; Virtue.

Seeming to weep the dying day’s decay.
Byron.—Don Juan, Canto III. Stanza 108, Line 6.

At the close of the day, when the hamlet is still,
And mortals the sweets of forgetfulness prove,
When nought but the torrent is heard on the hill,
And nought but the nightingale’s heard in the grove.
Beattie.—The Hermit, Line 1.

The bright procession of a day.
Broome.—Lady and her Looking-glass.

Not all Apollo’s Pythian treasures hold
Can bribe the poor possession of a day.
Homer.—The Iliad, Book IX. Line 525. (Pope.)

O life frail offspring of a day!
’Tis puff’d with one short gasp away!
Swift as the short-lived flower it flies,
It springs, it fades, it blooms, it dies.

Such and so varied, the precarious play
Of fate with man, frail tenant of a day.
Scott.—Peveril of the Peak, Chap. XXV.

Day is driven on by day, and the new moons hasten to their wane.
Smart’s Horace.—Book II. Ode XVIII.