|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|To point to the starry heavens with a tapering top.|
Ovid.Meta., Book X. Fable III. (Rileys Transl.)
|Cloud-kissing turretsspires that seem to kiss the clouds.|
Heywood.Four London Apprentices.
|Yon tower-cappd Acropolis,|
Which seems the very clouds to kiss.
Byron.Siege of Corinth, Div. I. last two Lines.
|Yon towers, whose wanton tops do buss the clouds.|
Shakespeare.Troilus and Cressida, Act IV. Scene 5.
|Under a starry-pointing pyramid.|
Milton.Epitaph on Shakespeare.
|Pyramid pointing to the stars.|
Wordsworth.Vol. V. Page 80, Line 14.
|These pointed spires, that wound the ambient sky.|
Prior.Solomon, a poem, Book III. Line 770.
| The tapering pyramid|
Whose spiky top has wounded the thick cloud.
Blair.The Grave, Line 190.
|Magnific walls, and heaven-assaulting spires.|
Smart.Power of the Supreme Being.
|The village church, among the trees,|
Where first our marriage-vows were given,
With merry peals shall swell the breeze,
And point with taper spire to heaven.
Rogers.A Wish, a poem, Verse 4.
|An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches in flat countries with spire-steeples; which, as they cannot be referred to any other object, point as with silent finger to the sky and stars.|
S. T. Coleridge.The Friend, No. 14, Page 223.
|Ye swelling hills and spacious plains!|
Besprent from shore to shore with steeple towrs,
And spires whose silent finger points to heavn.
Wordsworth.The Excursion, Verse 17.
|Who taught the heaven-directed spire to rise?|
Pope.Moral Essays, Epi. III. Line 261. (To Bathurst.)
|Nought but the heaven-directed spire.|
Wordsworth.Vol. V. Page 84, Line 8.
|Rushing from the woods, the spires|
Seem from hence ascending fires!
Dyer.Grongar Hill, Line 51.
|How the tall temples, as to meet their God,|
Ascend the skies!
Dr. Young.Night VI. Line 781.
|Whereer a spire points up to heaven,|
Through storm and summer air,
Telling that all around have striven,
Mans heart, and hope, and prayer.
Mrs. Hemans.Themes of Song, Page 534.
|View not this spire by measure given,|
To buildings raised by common hands;
That fabric rises high as heaven,
Whose basis on devotion stands.
Prior.On a Column in Halstead Church.