Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.


Dark as pitch.
Bunyan—Pilgrim’s Progress. Pt. I.

The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
The Moon, their Mistress, had expired before;
The winds were wither’d in the stagnant air,
And the clouds perish’d; darkness had no need
Of aid from them—she was the Universe.

Darkness which may be felt.
Exodus. X. 21.

Darkness of slumber and death, forever sinking and sinking.
Longfellow—Evangeline. Pt. II. V. L. 108.

Lo! darkness bends down like a mother of grief
On the limitless plain, and the fall of her hair
It has mantled a world.
Joaquin Miller—From Sea to Sea. St. 4.

Yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible.
Milton—Paradise Lost. Bk. I. L. 62.

Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth,
And ere a man had power to say, Behold!
The jaws of darkness do devour it up.
Midsummer Night’s Dream. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 144.

The charm dissolves apace,
And as the morning steals upon the night,
Melting the darkness, so their rising senses
Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle
Their clearer reason.
Tempest. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 64.

And out of darkness came the hands
That reach thro’ nature, moulding men.
Tennyson—In Memoriam. CXXIV.