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We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none: for salvation, but it is far off from us.
- Bible, Isaiah (ch. LIX, v. 11)
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
- Bible, Psalms (ch. LV, v. 6)
Oh! when 'tis summer weather,
And the yellow bee, with fairy sound,
The waters clear is humming round,
And the cuckoo sings unseen,
And the leaves are waving green--
Oh! then 'tis sweet,
In some retreat,
To hear the murmuring dove;
With those whom on earth alone we love,
And to wind through the greenwood together.
- William Lisle Bowles, The Greenwood
And there my little doves did sit
With feathers softly brown
And glittering eyes that showed their right
To general Nature's deep delight.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, My Doves
The thrustelcok made eek hir lay,
The wode dove upon the spray
She sang ful loude and cleere.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales,
The Tale of Sir Thopas
As when the dove returning bore the mark
Of earth restored to the long labouring ark;
The relics of mankind, secure at rest,
Open every window to receive the guest,
And the fair bearer of the message bless'd.
- John Dryden, To Her Grace of Ormond
Listen, sweet Dove, unto my song,
And spread thy golden wings in me;
Hatching my tender heart so long,
Till it get wing, and flie away with Thee.
- George Herbert, The Church--Whitsunday
See how that pair of billing doves
With open murmurs own their loves
And, heedless of censorious eyes,
Pursue their unpolluted joys:
No fears of future want molest
The downy quiet of their nest.
- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu,
Written in a Garden (st. 1)
On silver pinions, winged her peaceful way.
- James Montgomery, Pelican Island
(canto I, l. 173)
As the hawk is wont to pursue the trembling doves.
[Lat., Ut solet accipiter trepidas agitare columbas.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
Not half so swift the trembling doves can fly,
When the fierce eagle cleaves the liquid sky;
Not half so swiftly the fierce eagle moves,
When thro' the clouds he drives the trembling doves.
- Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest (l. 185)
Anon, as patient as the female dove
When that her golden couplets are disclosed,
His silence will sit drooping.
- William Shakespeare,
Hamlet Prince of Denmark
(Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at V, i)
. . . The dove and very blessed spirit of peace, . . .
- William Shakespeare,
King Henry the Fourth, Part II
(Westmoreland at IV, i)
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
(Romeo at I, v)
And oft I heard the tender dove
In firry woodlands making moan.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, Miller's Daughter
I heard a Stock-dove sing or say
His homely tale, this very day;
His voice was buried among trees,
Yet to be come at by the breeze:
He did not cease; but cooed--and cooed:
And somewhat pensively he wooed:
He sang of love, with quiet blending,
Slow to begin, and never ending;
Of serious faith, and inward glee;
That was the song,--the song for me!
- William Wordsworth,
O Nightingale! Thou Surely Art