|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| The tread|
Of coming footsteps cheats the midnight watcher
Who holds her heart and waits to hear them pause,
And hears them never pause, but pass and die.
George EliotThe Spanish Gypsy. Bk. III.
|There scatterd oft the earliest of ye Year|
By Hands unseen are showers of Vilets found;
The Redbreast loves to build and warble there,
And little Footsteps lightly print the ground.
GrayMS of Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Corrections made by Gray are year for Spring, showers for frequent, redbreast for robin.
| Vestigia terrent|
Omnia te adversum spectantia, nulla retrorsum.
The footsteps are terrifying, all coming towards you and none going back again.
HoraceEp. Bk. I. 1. 74. Quoted Vestigia nulla retrorsum.
| And so to tread|
As if the wind, not she, did walk;
Nor prest a flower, nor bowd a stalk.
Ben JonsonMasques. The Vision of Delight.
|Her treading would not bend a blade of grass,|
Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk!
Ben JonsonThe Sad Shepherd.
|A foot more light, a step more true,|
Neer from the heath-flower dashed the dew.
ScottLady of the Lake. Canto I. St. 18.
|The grass stoops not, she treads on it so light.|
Venus and Adonis. L. 1,028.
|Steps with a tender foot, light as on air,|
The lovely, lordly creature floated on.
TennysonThe Princess. VI. L. 72.
|Sed summa sequar fastigia rerum.|
But I will trace the footsteps of the chief events.
VergilÆneid. I. 342.
|Methought I saw the footsteps of a throne.|
WordsworthMiscellaneous Sonnets. Methought I Saw the Footsteps of a Throne.