Friday, August 10, 2007

Very commonplace book

Bad quotes by allegedly good writers.

In these fair vales hath many a Tree
At Wordsworth's suit been spared;
And from the builder's hand this Stone,
For some rude beauty of its own,
Was rescued by the Bard:
So let it rest; and time will come
When here the tender-hearted
May heave a gentle sigh for him,
As one of the departed.

William Wordsworth, 'In these fair vales hath many a tree'.

The Sun now rose upon the right :
Out of the sea came he,
Still hid in mist, and on the left
Went down into the sea.

Samuel Taylor-Coleridge, 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'

The day passed much as the day before had done.

Jane Austen, 'Pride and Prejudice'

O, how the wheel becomes it!

William Shakespeare, 'Hamlet'

004:018 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

004:019 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

004:020 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

004:021 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

004:022 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

God, 'The Book of Genesis'

The owl, with all his feathers, was a-cold

John Keats, 'St Agnes Eve'

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