|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|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.
|The sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light; and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.|
St. Matthew, Chap. xxiv. Ver. 29.
|The goats ran from the mountains, and the herds|
Were strangely clamorous, to the frighted fields.
Shakespeare.King Henry IV., Part I. Act III. Scene 3. (Glendower to Hotspur.)
| 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.]|| 5|
|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.)