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FOOTSTEPS
[ Also see Feet ]

The tread
  Of coming footsteps cheats the midnight watcher
    Who holds her heart and waits to hear them pause,
      And hears them never pause, but pass and die.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. III)

There scatter'd oft the earliest of ye Year
  By Hands unseen are showers of Vi'lets found;
    The Redbreast loves to build and warble there,
      And little Footsteps lightly print the ground.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard,
        his manuscript

The footsteps are terrifying, all coming towards you and none going back again.
  [Lat., Vestigia terrent
    Omnia te adversum spectantia, nulla retrorsum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (bk. I, 1, 74)

And so to tread
  As if the wind, not she, did walk;
    Nor prest a flower, nor bow'd a stalk.
      - Ben Jonson, Masques--The Vision of Delight

Her treading would not bend a blade of grass,
  Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk!
      - Ben Jonson, The Sad Shepherd

A foot more light, a step more true,
  Ne'er from the heath-flower dashed the dew.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto I, st. 18)

The grass stoops not, she treads on it so light; . . .
      - William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
         (l. 1,028)

Steps with a tender foot, light as on air,
  The lovely, lordly creature floated on.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Princess (VI, l. 72)

But I will trace the footsteps of the chief events.
  [Lat., Sed summa sequar fastigia rerum.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (I, 342)

Methought I say the footsteps of a throne.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Miscellaneous Sonnets--Methought I Saw the Footsteps of a Throne


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