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RAINBOWS
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[ Also see Clouds Nature Rain Sky Storms Sun Weather ]

God's glowing covenant.
      - Hosea Ballou, MS. Sermons

And, lo! in the dark east, expanded high,
  The rainbow brightens to the setting Sun.
      - James Beattie, The Minstrel
         (bk. I, st. 30)

Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.
  It encircles the sky with its glorious arc; the hands of the Most High have stretched it out.
      - Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
         (ch. XLIII, v. 11-12)

'Tis sweet to listen as the night winds creep
  From leaf to leaf; 'tis sweet to view on high
    The rainbow, based on ocean, span the sky.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 122)

Faithful to its sacred page. Heaven stills rebuilds thy span.
      - Thomas Campbell

Triumphant arch, that fill'st the sky when storms prepare to part!
      - Thomas Campbell

Triumphal arch, that fill'st the sky
  When storms prepare to part,
    I ask not proud Philosophy
      To teach me what thou art.
      - Thomas Campbell, To the Rainbow

That gracious thing, made up of tears and light.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The smiling daughter of the storm.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Over her hung a canopy of state,
  Not of rich tissue, nor of spangled gold,
    But of a substance, though not animate,
      Yet of a heavenly and spiritual mould,
        That only eyes of spirits might behold.
      - Giles Fletcher ("The Younger"),
        The Rainbow (l. 33)

O beautiful rainbow;--all woven of light!
  There's not in thy tissue one shadow of night;
    Heaven surely is open when thou dost appear.
      And, bending thee above, the angels draw near,
        And sing,--"The rainbow! the rainbow!
          The smile of God is here."
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale, Poems

God loves an idle rainbow,
  No less than laboring seas.
      - Ralph Hodgson, Three Poems (II)

There was an awful rainbow once in heaven;
  We know her woof, her texture; she is given
    In the dull catalogue of common things.
      Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings.
      - John Keats (1), Lamia (pt. II, l. 231)

Pride of the dewy morning,
  The swain's experienced eye
    From thee takes timely warning.
      Nor trusts the gorgeous sky.
      - John Keble,
        Christian Year--(25th Sunday after Trinity)--On the Rainbow

God's illumined promise.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Conspicuous with three listed colors gay, betokening peace from God, and covenant new.
      - John Milton

A rainbow in the morning
  Is the Shepherd's warning;
    But a rainbow at night
      Is the Shepherd's delight.
      - Old Rhyme, Old Weather Rhyme

Born of the shower, and colored by the sun.
      - Jean Charles Prince

What skilful limner e'er would choose
  To paint the rainbow's varying hues,
    Unless to mortal it were given
      To dip his brush in dyes of heaven?
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto VI, st. 5)

Hail, many-colored messenger, that ne'er
  Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter;
    Who, with thy saffron wings, upon my flowers
      Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers;
        And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown
          My bosky acres, and my unshrubb'd down,
            Rich scarf to my proud earth.
      - William Shakespeare

Mild arch of promise! on the evening sky
  Thou shinest fair with many a lovely ray,
    Each in the south melting.
      - Robert Southey,
        Sonnets--The Evening Rainbow

Rain, rain, and sun! a rainbow in the sky!
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Idylls of the King--The Coming of Arthur
         (l. 401)

Meantime, refracted from yon eastern cloud,
  Bestriding earth, the grand ethereal bow
    Shoots up immense; and every hue unfolds,
      In fair proportion, running from the red
        To where the violet fades into the sky.
      - James Thomson (1)

Hung on the shower that fronts the golden West,
  The rainbow bursts like magic on mine eyes!
    In hues of ancient promise there imprest;
      Frail in its date, eternal in its guise.
      - Charles Tennyson Turner,
        Sonnets and Fugitive Pieces--The Rainbow

When thou dost shine, darkness looks white and fair,
  Forms turn to music, clouds to smiles and air;
    Rain gently spends his honey-drops, and pours
      Balm on the cleft earth, milk on grass and flowers.
        Bright pledge of peace and sunshine!
      - Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist")


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