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RAIN
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[ Also see Clouds Dew Nature Rainbows Snow Storms Sun Thunder Umbrellas Water Weather Wind ]

And the hooded clouds, like friars,
  Tell their beads in drops of rain.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Midnight Mass for the Dying Year (st. 4)

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
  It rains, and the wind in never weary;
    The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
      But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
        And the day is dark and dreary.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Rainy Day

The ceaseless rain is falling fast,
  And yonder gilded vane,
    Immovable for three days past,
      Points to the misty main.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Travels by the Fireside (st. 1)

It is not raining to me,
  It's raining daffodils;
    In every dimpled drop I see
      Wild flowers on distant hills.
      - Robert Loveman, April Rain,
        appeared in "Harper's Magazine", May, 1901

And now the thickened sky like a dark ceiling stood; down rushed the rain impetuous.
      - John Milton

Drip, drip, the rain comes falling,
  Rain in the woods, rain on the sea;
    Even the little waves, beaten, come crawling
      As if to find shelter here with me.
      - James Herbert Morse

The rain is o'er--How densely bright
  Yon pearly clouds reposing lie!
    Cloud above cloud, a glorious sight,
      Contrasting with the deep-blue sky!
        In grateful silence earth receives
          The general blessing; fresh and fair
            Each flower expands its little leaves,
              As glad the common joy to share.
      - Andrews Norton

But, when the blackning Clouds in sprinkling Show'rs
  Distill, from the high Summits down the Rain
    Runs trickling; with the fertile Moisture chear'd,
      The Orchats smile; joyous the Farmers see
        Their thriving Plants, and bless the heav'nly Dew.
      - John Arthur Phillips

All nature mourns, the skies relent in showers; hushed are the birds, and closed the drooping flowers.
      - Alexander Pope

See daily show'rs rejoice the thirsty earth
  And bless the flow'ry buds' succeeding birth.
      - Matthew Prior

For the rain it raineth every day.
      - William Shakespeare

O earth! I will befriend thee more with rain than youthful April shall with all his showers; in summer's drought I'll drop upon thee still.
      - William Shakespeare

When the splitting wind makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks.
      - William Shakespeare

But when I came, alas, to wive,
  With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
    By swaggering could I never thrive,
      For the rain it raineth every day.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at V, i)

I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
  From the seas and the streams;
    I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
      In their noonday dreams.
        From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
          The sweet buds every one,
            When rocked to rest on their mother's breast,
              As she dances about the sun.
                I wield the flail of the lashing hail,
                  And whiten the green plains under,
                    And then again I dissolve it in rain,
                      And laugh as I pass in thunder.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cloud

I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue II)

Prelusive drops, let all their moisture flow in large effusion o'er the freshened world.
      - James Thomson (1)

The kind refresher of the summer heats.
      - James Thomson (1)

The Clouds consign their treasures to the fields;
  And, softly shaking on the dimpled pool
    Prelusive drops, let all their moisture flow
      In large effusion, o'er the freshen'd world.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring
         (l. 173)

'Twas so; I saw thy birth. That drowsy lake
  From her faint bosom breath'd thee, the disease
    Of her sick waters, and infectious ease.
      But now at even,
        Too gross for heaven,
          Thou fall'st in tears, and weep'st for thy mistake.
      - Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist")

The later rain,--it falls in anxious haste
  Upon the sun-dried fields and branches bare,
    Loosening with searching drops the rigid waste,
      As if it would each root's lost strength repair.
      - Jones Very

Vexed sailors curse the rain for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.
      - Edmund Waller

The rain is playing its soft pleasant tune fitfully on the skylight, and the shade of the fast-flying clouds across my book passed with delicate change.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis


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