|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|For everything seemed resting on his nod,|
As they could read in all eyes. Now to them,
Who were accustomed, as a sort of god,
To see the sultan, rich in many a gem,
Like an imperial peacock stalk abroad
(That royal bird, whose tails a diadem,)
With all the pomp of power, it was a doubt
How power could condescend to do without.
ByronDon Juan. Canto VII. St. 74.
|To frame the little animal, provide|
All the gay hues that wait on female pride:
Let Nature guide thee; sometimes golden wire
The shining bellies of the fly require;
The peacocks plumes thy tackle must not fail,
Nor the dear purchase of the sables tail.
GayRural Sports. Canto I. L. 177.
|To Paradise, the Arabs say,|
Satan could never find the way
Until the peacock led him in.
|Fly pride, says the peacock.|
Comedy of Errors. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 81.
|Let frantic Talbot triumph for a while|
And like a peacock sweep along his tail.
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 5.
| Why, he stalks up and down like a peacock,a stride and a stand.|
Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 251.
|And there they placed a peacock in his pride,|
Before the damsel.
TennysonGareth and Lynette.