|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|To measure wind, and weigh the air,|
And turn a circle to a square.
Butler.A Satire on the Royal Society, Line 87. Cawthorne.Wit and Learning, Line 129.
|Circles to square, and cubes to double,|
Would give a man excessive trouble.
Prior.Alma, Line 1436.
|For take thy balance, if thou be so wise,|
And weigh the wind that under heaven doth blow;
Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise;
Or weigh the thought that from mans mind doth flow.
Spenser.Fairy Queen, Book V. Canto II. Stanza 43.
|Weigh the sun.|
Tennyson.Locksley Hall, Verse 93.
|Whether he measure earth, compute the sea,|
Weigh sunbeams, carve a fly, or split a flea;
The solemn trifler with his boasted skill
Toils much, and is a solemn trifler still.
Cowper.Charity, Line 353.