And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; mens hearts failing them for fear. St. Luke, Chap. xxi. Verses 25, 26.
At my nativity, The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes, Of burning cressets; and, at my birth, The frame and huge foundation of the earth Shaked like a coward. Shakespeare.King Henry IV., Part I. Act III. Scene 1. (Glendower to Hotspur.)
[There was a blow as if all the artillery in the world had been discharged at once; the sea retired from the town above two miles; the birds flew about astonished; the cattle in the fields ran crying.Malones Note on the above passage.]
Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night! Comets, importing change of times and states, Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky; And with them scourge the bad revolting stars, That have consented unto Henrys death! Shakespeare.King Henry IV., Part I. Act I. Scene 1. (Bedford in the Abbey.)