Who gather round, and wonder at the tale Of horrid apparition, tall and ghastly, That walks at dead of night, or takes his stand Oer some new-opend grave; and, (strange to tell!) Evanishes at crowing of the cock. BlairThe Grave. L. 67.
The unexpected disappearance of Mr. Canning from the scene, followed by the transient and embarrassed phantom of Lord Goderich. (Quoted, He flits across the stage a transient and embarrassed phantom.) Benj. DisraeliEndymian. Ch. III.
All heart they live, all head, all eye, all ear, All intellect, all sense, and as they please They limb themselves, and colour, shape, or size Assume, as likes them best, condense or rare. MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. VI. L. 350.
My people too were scared with eerie sounds, A footstep, a low throbbing in the walls, A noise of falling weights that never fell, Weird whispers, bells that rang without a hand, Door-handles turnd when none was at the door, And bolted doors that opend of themselves; And one betwixt the dark and light had seen Her, bending by the cradle of her babe. TennysonThe Ring.