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


The man to solitude accustom’d long,
Perceives in every thing that lives a tongue;
Not animals alone, but shrubs and trees
Have speech for him, and understand with ease;
After long drought when rains abundant fall,
He hears the herbs and flowers rejoicing all.
Cowper.—The Needless Alarm, Line 55.

The murmur that springs from the growing of grass.
Poe.—Al Aaraaf.

The verie pleasaunte sounde which the trees of the forest do make when they growe.
Anonymous.—Quoted by Poe, ante 300.

That stealeth ever on the ear of him
Who, musing, gazeth on the distance dim,
And sees the darkness coming as a cloud—
Is not its form—its voice—most palpable and loud?
Poe.—Al Aaraaf.

Jove himself, who hears a thought,
Knows not when we pass by.
Killigrew.—A song in “The Conspiracy,” a Tragedy.

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.
St. John.—Revelation, Chap. i. Ver. 12.

The word that Isaiah the son of Amos saw.
Isaiah.—Chap. ii. Ver. 1. (That is, the vision.)

The green trees whispered low and smil’d;
It was a sound of joy.
Longfellow.—Prelude to Voices of the Night, Stanza 9.

I heard the trailing garment of the night
Sweep through her marble halls.
Longfellow.—Hymn to the Night.

He goes but to see a noise that he heard, and is to come again.
Shakespeare.—A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III. Scene 1. (Quince to Thisbe.)

To hear by the nose, it is dulcet in contagion.
Shakespeare.—Twelfth Night, Act II. Scene 3. (Sir Toby to Sir Andrew.)