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


The insect youth are on the wing,
Eager to taste the honied spring,
And float amid the liquid noon.
Gray.—Ode on the Spring, Stan. III. Line 5.

Swim through the serene summer sky.
Buckley’s Virgil.—Georgics, Book IV. Line 66.

O lovely babe! what lustre shall adorn
Thy noon of beauty, when so bright thy morn!
Broome.—Birth-day of Trefusis.

But ere the noon of day, in fiery gleams,
He darts the glory of his blazing beams.
Broome.—Chap. xliii. of Ecclesiasticus.

When to the noon of life we rise,
The man grows elegant in vice.

Borrow Cynthia’s silver white,
When she shines at noon of night,
Free from clouds to veil her light.
Hughes.—The Picture.

He chased the hornet in his mid-day flight,
And brought her glow-worms in the noon of night.
Tickell.—Kensington Garden.

About the noon of night.
Ben Jonson.—Sejanus, Act V. Scene 6.

It was evening here,
But upon earth the very noon of night.
Dante.—Purgatorio, Canto XV. Line 5. (Wright’s Translation.)