|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|In the most high and palmy state of Rome,|
A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead
Did squeak and gibber in the Roman street:
Stars with strains of fire, and dews of blood;
Disasters in the sun.
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act I. Scene 1. (Prodigies.)
|The night has been unruly: where we lay,|
Our chimneys were blown down: and, as they say,
Lamentings heard i the air.
Some say the earth was feverous, and did shake.
Shakespeare.Macbeth, Act II. Scene 3. (Lenox to Macbeth.)
|The bay-trees in our country are all witherd,|
And meteors fright the fixed stars of heaven:
The pale-faced moon looks bloody on the earth,
And lean-looked prophets whisper fearful change.
Shakespeare.King Richard II., Act II. Scene 4. (A Captain to Salisbury.)