C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
Gods glowing covenant.
Gods illumined promise.
Born of the shower, and colored by the sun.
J. C. Prince.
Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life.
Bright pledge of peace and sunshine.
The smiling daughter of the storm.
Rain, rain, and sun! a rainbow in the sky!
And, lo! in the dark east, expanded high, The rainbow brightens to the setting Sun.
Triumphant arch, that fillst the sky when storms prepare to part!
Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life! the evening beam that smiles the clouds away and tints to-morrow with prophetic ray!
So shines the setting sun on adverse skies, and paints a rainbow on the storm.
Conspicuous, with three listed colors gay, betokening peace from God, and covenant new.
Faithful to its sacred page, Heaven still rebuilds thy span.
That gracious thing, made up of tears and light.
My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky!
Mild arch of promise! on the evening sky
Thou shinest fair with many a lovely ray, Each in the other melting.
Tis sweet to listen as the night winds creep
From leaf to leaf; tis sweet to view on high The rainbow, based on ocean, span the sky.
What skilful limner eer would choose
To paint the rainbows varying hues,
Unless to mortal it were given To dip his brush in dyes of heaven?
A rainbow in the morning
Is the Shepherds warning;
But a rainbow at night Is the Shepherds delight.
Old Weather Rhyme.
Hung on the shower that fronts the golden West,
The rainbow bursts like magic on mine eyes!
In hues of ancient promise there imprest; Frail in its date, eternal in its guise.
Charles Tennyson Turner.
Over her hung a canopy of state,
Not of rich tissue, nor of spangled gold,
But of a substance, though not animate,
Yet of a heavenly and spiritual mould, That only eyes of spirits might behold.
Meantime, refracted from yon eastern cloud,
Bestriding earth, the grand ethereal bow
Shoots up immense; and every hue unfolds,
In fair proportion, running from the red To where the violet fades into the sky.
When thou dost shine, darkness looks white and fair,
Forms turn to music, clouds to smiles and air;
Rain gently spends his honey-drops, and pours
Balm on the cleft earth, milk on grass and flowers. Bright pledge of peace and sunshine!
Look upon the rainbow, and praise Him that made it; very beautiful it is in the brightness thereof; it compasseth the heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands of the Most High have bended it.
O beautiful rainbow;all woven of light!
Theres not in thy tissue one shadow of night;
Heaven surely is open when thou dost appear,
And, bending above thee, the angels draw near,
And sing,The rainbow! the rainbow! The smile of God is here.
Mrs. Sarah J. Hale.
Hail, many-colored messenger, that neer
Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter;
Who, with thy saffron wings, upon my flowers
Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers;
And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown
My bosky acres, and my unshrubbd down, Rich scarf to my proud earth.
Bright pledge of peace and sunshine! the sure tie
Of thy Lords hand, the object of His eye!
When I behold thee, though my light bedim,
Distinct and low, I can in thine see Him
Who looks upon thee from His glorious throne, And minds the covenant between all and One.