|Now that the sun is gleaming bright,|
Implore we, bending low,
That He, the Uncreated Light,
May guide us as we go.
Attributed to Adam de Saint Victor. Old Latin Hymn said to have been sung at the death-bed of William the Conqueror.
|Corruption springs from light: tis one same power|
Creates, preserves, destroys; matter whereon
It works, on eer self-transmutative form,
Common to now the living, now the dead.
BaileyFestus. Sc. Water and Wood.
|Misled by Fancys meteor-ray,|
By passion driven;
But yet the light that led astray,
Was light from Heaven.
|For I light my candle from their torches.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. III. Sect. II. Memb. 5. Subsec. 1.
|Hinc lucem et pocula sacra.|
Hence light and the sacred vessels.
Motto of Cambridge University.
| Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.|
EmersonNature. Ch. III.
| I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out.|
II Esdras. XIV. 25.
|Light (Gods eldest daughter!).|
FullerThe Holy and Profane States. Bk. III. Of Building.
| And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.|
Genesis. I. 3.
|Against the darkness outer|
Gods light his likeness takes,
And he from the mighty doubter
The great believer makes.
R. W. GilderThe New Day. Pt. IV. Song XV.
Said to be the last words of Goethe.
|Wo viel Licht is, ist starker Schatten.|
Where there is much light, the shadows are deepest.
GoetheGötz von Berlichingen. I. 24.
|Blasted with excess of light.|
GrayProgress of Poesy.
|Like our dawn, merely a sob of light.|
Victor HugoLa Legende des Siécles.
| The true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.|
John. I. 9.
|He was a burning and a shining light|
John. V. 35.
| Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.|
John. XII. 35.
|The Light that Failed.|
KiplingTitle of Story.
|The prayer of Ajax was for light;|
Through all that dark and desperate fight,
The blackness of that noonday night.
LongfellowThe Goblet of Life. St. 8.
|Fra l ombre un lampo solo|
Basta al nocchier fugace
Che già ritrova il polo,
Già riconosce il mar.
In the dark a glimmering light is often sufficient for the pilot to find the polar star and to fix his course.
MetastasioAchille. 1. 6.
|With thy long levelld rule of streaming light.|
MiltonComus. L. 340.
|He that has light within his own clear breast|
May sit i th centre and enjoy bright day;
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the mid-day sun.
MiltonComus. L. 381.
|Where glowing embers through the room|
Teach light to counterfeit a gloom.
MiltonIl Penseroso. L. 79.
|But let my due feet never fail|
To walk the studious cloisters pale,
And love the high embowed roof,
With antique pillars massy proof,
And storied windows richly dight;
Casting a dim religious light.
MiltonIl Penseroso. L. 155. Compare EuripidesBacchæ. 486.
|Hail, holy light! offspring of heaven firstborn!|
Or of th eternal co-eternal beam,
May I express thee unblamd? since God is light
And never but in unapproached light
Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee,
Bright effluence of bright essence increate!
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk III. L. 1.
|Dark with excessive bright.|
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. III. L. 380.
| And from her native east,|
To journey through the aery gloom began,
Spherd in a radiant cloud, for yet the sun
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. VII. L. 245.
| There swift return|
Diurnal, merely to officiate light
Round this opacous earth, this punctual spot.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. VIII. L. 21.
|And this I know; whether the one True Light|
Kindle to Love, or Wrath consume me quite,
One flash of it within the Tavern caught
Better than in the temple lost outright.
Omar KhayyamRubaiyat. St. 77. FitzGeralds trans.
| Where art thou, beam of light? Hunters from the mossy rock, saw ye the blue-eyed fair?|
OssianTemora. Bk. VI.
|Ex luce lucellum.|
Out of light a little profit.
Pitts description of the Window Tax. Also suggested by Robert Lowe, Chancellor, as a motto for matchboxes, when the British Government introduced a match tax, 1871.
|Those having lamp will pass them on to others.|
|Nature and Natures laws lay hid in night:|
God said, Let Newton be! and all was light.
PopeEpitaph Intended for Sir Isaac Newton.
| Nur der Gewissenswurm schwärmt mit der Eule. Sünder und böse Geister scheun das Licht.|
Only the worm of conscience consorts with the owl. Sinners and evil spirits shun the light.
SchillerLiebe und Cabale. V. I.
|Light seeking light doth light of light beguile:|
So, ere you find where light in darkness lies,
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes
Loves Labours Lost. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 77.
| But it is not necessary to light a candle to the sun.|
Algernon SidneyDiscourses on Government. Ch. II. Sec. XXIII.
| Twas a light that made|
Darkness itself appear
A thing of comfort.
SoutheyThe Curse of Kehama. Padalon. St. 2.
|An unreflected light did never yet|
Dazzle the vision feminine.
Sir Henry TaylorPhilip Van Artevelde. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 88.
|Thy prayer was Lightmore Lightwhile Time shall last|
Thou sawest a glory growing on the night,
But not the shadows which that light would cast,
Till shadows vanish in the Light of Light.
TennysonInscription on the Window in memory of Caxton, in St. Margarets Church, Westminster, London.
|Where God and Nature met in light.|
TennysonIn Memoriam. Pt. CXI. St. 5.
|A remnant of uneasy light.|
WordsworthThe Matron of Jedborough, and Her Husband.
|The light that never was on sea or land,|
The consecration, and the poets dream.
WordsworthElegiac Stanzas. Suggested by a picture of Peele Castle in a storm.
|But neer to a seductive lay let faith be given;|
Nor deem that light that leads astray is light from Heaven.
WordsworthTo the Sons of Burns.