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


Till, as a giant strong, a bridegroom gay,
The sun springs dancing through the gates of day,
He shakes his dewy locks, and hurls his beams
O’er the proud hills, and down the glowing streams:
His fiery coursers bound above the main,
And whirl the car along th’ ethereal plain;
The fiery coursers and the car display
A stream of glory and a flood of day.
Broome.—Paraphrase of Job.

Now deep in ocean sunk the lamp of light,
And drew behind the cloudy vale of night.
Pope.—The Iliad, Book VIII. Line 605.

At length the sun began to peep,
And gild the surface of the deep.
Somerville.—Fable IV. Canto 5.

That orbed continent, the fire
That severs day from night.
Shakespeare.—Twelfth Night, Act V. Scene 1. (Viola to the Duke.)

The heavenly-harness’d team
Begins his golden progress in the east.
Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part I. Act III. Scene 1. (Glendower to Mortimer.)

High in his chariot glow’d the lamp of day.
Falconer.—The Shipwreck, Canto I.

Yonder comes the powerful king of day,
Rejoicing in the east.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun.
Herrick’s Hesp.—To the Virgins, No. 93.

He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good.
St. Matthew, Chap. v. Ver. 45.

The sun, though in full glory bright,
Shines upon all men with impartial light.
Cowley.—Elegy on Littleton.

The self-same sun that shines upon his court,
Hides not his visage from our cottage, but
Looks on alike.
Shakespeare.—Winter’s Tale, Act IV. Scene 3. (Perdita to Polixenes.)

Thou, like the sun, dost with an equal ray
Into the palace and the cottage shine.
Sir John Davies.—Introduction to his Poem on the Soul of Man, Verse 29.

Nor let the pride of great ones scorn
This charmer of the plains;
That sun, who bids their diamonds blaze,
To paint our lily deigns.
Mallet.—Edwin and Emma, Verse 4.

Like Pentheus, when, distracted with his fear,
He saw two suns, and double Thebes appear.
Dryden.—The Æneid, Book IV. Line 469.

[Edward IV. is said to have seen three suns at one time, after the battle of Mortimer’s Cross, and that they immediately conjoined. Pegge’s Curialia Miscellanea, 105, 201.]

Edw.Dazzle mine eyes, or do I see three suns?
Rich.Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun;
See, see! they join, embrace, and seem to kiss;
Now are they but one.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VI., Part III. Act II. Scene 1. (Edward Prince of Wales, to Richard of York.)

What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act II. Scene 2. (Romeo on seeing Juliet at the window.)

I ’gin to be a-weary of the sun.
Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act V. Scene 5. (On hearing that the Wood is moving to Dunsinane.)

He from our sight retires awhile, and then
Rises and shines o’er all the world again.
Fielding.—The Wedding Day, Act I. Scene 6.

The sun of sweet content re-risen in Katie’s eyes, and all things well.
Tennyson.—The Brook.

God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.
Genesis, Chap. i. Ver. 16.

And God made two great lights, great for their use
To man; the greater to have rule by day,
The less by night, altern.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book VII.

Men perish in advance, as if the sun
Should set ere noon.
Dr. Young.—Night VII. Line 89.

And teach me how
To name the bigger light, and how the less,
That burn by day and night.
Shakespeare.—The Tempest, Act I. Scene 2. (Caliban to Proserpine.)

Her sun is gone down while it was yet day.
Jeremiah, Chap. xv. Ver. 9.

Pale suns, unfelt, at distance roll away,
And on th’ impassive ice the lightnings play.
Pope.—Temple of Fame, Line 55.