What's a table richly spread
Without a woman at its head? [ T. Wharton ]
Poor men's tables are soon spread. [ Proverb ]
Slowly, slowly falls night's curtain
Over all the wide-spread land;
And the angels of the twilight
At the gates of heaven stand.
Lo, they come, a band of angels.
Clad in robes of tender gray;
And before their gracious presence,
Fades the sun's last lingering ray. [ C. E, Charles ]
The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on Life's parade shall meet
The brave and fallen few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread.
And Glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead. [ Theodore O'Hara ]
Light has spread, and even bayonets think. [ Kossuth ]
A six-foot suckling, mincing in its gait.
Affected, peevish, prim and delicate;
Fearful it seemed, tho' of athletic make,
Lest brutal breezes should so roughly shake
Its tender form, and savage motion spread
O'er its pale cheeks, the horrid manly red. [ Churchill ]
The Raven's house is built with reeds, -
Sing woe, and alas is me!
And the Raven's couch is spread with weeds,
High on the hollow tree;
And the Raven himself, telling his beads
In penance for his past misdeeds.
Upon the top I see. [ Thos. Darcy McGee ]
A sea before
The Throne is spread; - its pure still glass
Pictures all earth-scenes as they pass.
We, on its shore,
Share, in the bosom of our rest,
God's knowledge, and are blest. [ Cardinal Newman ]
Round its breast the rolling clouds are spread.
Eternal sunshine settles on its head. [ Goldsmith ]
He was a man
Versed in the world as pilot in his compass;
The needle pointed ever to that interest
Which was his loadstar; and he spread his sails
With vantage to the gale of others' passions. [ Ben Jonson ]
In every ear it spread, on every tongue it grew. [ Pope ]
The rising blushes, which her cheek over spread,
Are opening roses in the lily's bed. [ Gay ]
Thus, day by day, and month by month, we passed;
It pleased the Lord to take my spouse at last.
I tore my gown, I soiled my locks with dust.
And beat my breasts - as wretched widows must:
Before my face my handkerchief I spread,
To hide the flood of tears I did - not shed. [ Pope ]
Money, like manure, does no good till it is spread.
Hence the unhappy news is spread abroad through the whole city. [ Virgil ]
When the good man is abroad, the good woman's table is soon spread. [ Proverb ]
Power is a fretful thing, and hath its wings always spread for flight. [ Lew Wallace ]
When love came first to earth, the spring spread rose-beds to receive him. [ Campbell ]
So the false spider, when her nets are spread, deep ambushed in her silent den does lie. [ Dryden ]
Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots. [ Edward Bulwer Lytton ]
It is as natural for women to pride themselves in fine clothes, as it is for a peacock to spread his tail. [ Proverb ]
Quills are things that are sometimes taken from the pinions of one goose to spread the opinions of another. [ Chatfield ]
Thought is the first faculty of man: to express it is one of his first desires; to spread it, his dearest privilege. [ Raynal ]
Life was spread as a banquet for pure, noble, unperverted natures, and may be such to them, ought to be such to them. [ W. R. Greg ]
It is only before those who are glad to hear it, and anxious to spread it, that we find it easy to speak ill of others. [ J. Petit-Senn ]
For the first time, the best may err, art may persuade, and novelty spread out its charms. The first fault is the child of simplicity; but every other the offspring of guilt. [ Goldsmith ]
People seldom read a book which is given to them; and few are given. The way to spread a work is to sell it at a low price. No man will send to buy a thing that costs even sixpence without an intention to read it. [ Johnson ]
But for the cravings of the belly not a bird would have fallen into the snare; nay, nay, the fowler would not have spread his net. The belly is chains to the hands and fetters to the feet. He who is a slave to his belly seldom worships God. [ Saadi ]
We are born for a higher destiny than earth; there is a realm where the rainbow never fades, where the stars will be spread before us like islands that slumber on the ocean, and where the beings that pass before us like shadows will stay in our presence forever. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]
Before this century shall run out, journalism will be the whole press. Mankind will write their book day by day, hour by hour, page by page. Thought will spread abroad with the rapidity of light - instantly conceived, instantly written, instantly understood at the extremeties of the earth. [ Lamartine ]
Liberty is the richest inheritance which man has received from the skies! When shall its sacred fire burn in every bosom, and kindling with the thrilling force of inspiration, spread from heart to heart and from mind to mind, and be the common privilege and birthright of every human being? [ Acton ]
It is impossible to combat enthusiasm with reason; for though it makes a show of resistance, it soon eludes the pressure, refers you to distinctions not to be understood, and feelings which it cannot explain. A man who would endeavor to fix an enthusiast by argument might as well attempt to spread quicksilver with his finger. [ Goldsmith ]
It has become a settled principle that nothing which is good and true can be destroyed by persecution, but that the effect ultimately is to establish more firmly, and to spread more widely, that which it was designed to overthrow. It has long since passed into a proverb that
the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. [ Albert Barnes ]
Nature seems to delight in disappointing the assiduities of art, with which it would rear dulness to maturity, and to glory in the vigor and luxuriance of her chance productions. She scatters the seeds of genius to the winds, and though some may perish among the stony places of the world, and some may be choked by the thorns and brambles of early adversity, yet others will now and then strike root even in the clefts of the rock, struggle bravely up into sunshine, and spread over their sterile birthplace all the beauties of vegetation. [ Washington Irving ]