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


The day begins to break, and night is fled,
Whose pitchy mantle over-veil’d the earth.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VI., Part I. Act II. Scene 2.

The grey-ey’d morn smiles on the frowning night,
Checkering the eastern clouds with streaks of light.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act II. Scene 3.

Night’s swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,
And yonder shines Aurora’s harbinger;
At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here and there,
Troop home to churchyards.
Shakespeare.—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III. Scene 2. (Puck to Oberon.)

The silent hours steal on,
And flaky darkness breaks within the east.
Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act V. Scene 3.

Wak’d by the circling hours, with rosy hand
Unbarr’d the gates of light.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book VI. Line 2.

Till down the eastern cliffs afar
Hyperion’s march they spy, and glittering shafts of war.
Gray.—The Progress of Poesy, Stanza II. Line 11.

Or seen her well-appointed star
Come marching up the eastern hill afar.

Parent of day! whose beauteous beams of light
Spring from the darksome womb of night.
Yalden.—Hymn to Morning.

Brown night
Retires: young day pours in apace.
Thomson.—Summer, Line 51.

Where the morning sun first warmly smote
The open field, and where the unpierced shade
Imbrown’d the noontide bowers.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book IV. Line 245. Book IX. Line 1086.

The eye of day looks out
Dim through the haze.
Bowles.—The Spirit of Discovery, Book I. Line 53.

Gild the brown horror, and dispel the night.
Dryden.—The Hind and Panther, Part II. Line 659.

Breaking the melancholy shades of night.
Prior.—Love and Friendship.

The meek-ey’d morn appears, mother of dews.
Thomson.—Summer, Line 47.

When day arises, in that sweet hour of prime.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book V.

See how the morning opes her golden gates,
And takes her farewell of the glorious sun!
Shakespeare.—Henry VI., Part III. Act II. Scene 1.

Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountains’ tops.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act III. Scene 5.