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BLUSHES
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[ Also see Bashfulness Beauty Chastity Delicacy Diffidence Innocence Modesty Purity Shame ]

An Arab, by his earnest gaze,
  Has clothed a lovely maid with blushes;
    A smile within his eyelids plays
      And into words his longing gushes.
      - William R. Alger,
        Oriental Poetry--Love Sowing and Reaping Roses

Blushing is the livery of virtue.
      - Francis Bacon

The ambiguous livery worn alike by modesty and shame.
      - Mrs. Clara Lucas Balfour

The glow of the angel in woman.
      - Mrs. Clara Lucas Balfour

Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive,
  Half wishing they were dead to save the shame.
    The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow;
      They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats,
        And flare up bodily, wings and all.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. II, l. 732)

So sweet the blush of bashfulness,
  E'en pity scarce can wish it less!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Bride of Abydos (canto 1, st. 8)

Blushed like the waves of hell.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Devil's Drive (st. 5)

'Tis not on youth's smooth cheek the blush alone, which fades so fast,
  But the tender bloom of heart is gone, ere youth itself be past.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Stanzas for Music

Pure friendship's well-feigned blush.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Stanzas to Her who can Best Understand Them
         (st. 12)

The sunset glow of self-possession.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Who has not seen that feeling born of flame
  Crimson the cheek at mention of a name?
    The rapturous touch of some divine surprise
      Flash deep suffusion of celestial dyes:
        When hands clasped hands, and lips to lips were pressed,
          And the heart's secret was at once confessed?
      - Abraham Coles

We griev'd, we sigh'd, we wept; we never blushed before.
      - Abraham Cowley, Works (p. 60),
        (1693 ed.), a discourse concerning the government of Oliver Cromwell

Forgot the blush that virgin fears impart
  To modest cheeks, and borrowed one from art.
      - William Cowper

I pity bashful men, who feel the pain
  Of fancied scorn and undeserved disdain,
    And bear the marks upon a blushing face,
      OF needless shame, and self-impos'd disgrace.
      - William Cowper, Conversation (l. 347)

They teach us to dance; O that they could teach us to blush, did it cost a guinea a glow!
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

-----the blush is formed--and flies--
  Nor owns reflection's calm control;
    It comes, it deepens--fades and dies,
      A gush of feeling from the soul.
      - Anna Peyre Dinnies

Once he saw a youth blushing, and addressed him, "Courage, my boy; that is the complexion of virtue."
      - Laertius Diogenes, Diogenes (VI)

The eloquent blood spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought, you might have almost said her body thought.
      - Dr. John Donne

Like the faint streaks of ligbt broke loose from darkness, and dawning into blushes.
      - John Dryden

A blush is no language: only a dubious flag-signal which may mean either of two contradictories.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Daniel Deronda (bk. V, ch. XXXV)

The blush is nature's alarm at the approach of sin, and her testimony to the dignity of virtue.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

The bloom of young desire and purple light of love.
      - John Gay

The rising blushes, which her cheek o'er-spread,
  Are opening roses in the lily's bed.
      - John Gay, Dione (act II, sc. 3)

The blush is beautiful, but it is sometimes convenient.
  [It., Bello e il rossore, ma e incommodo qualche volta.]
      - Carlo Goldoni, Pamela (I, 3)

A blush is the sign which Nature hangs out to show where chastity and honor dwell.
      - Gotthold (pseudonym of Christian Scriver)


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