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STORMS
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Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.
      - Joseph Addison, The Campaign

A mighty wind, like a leviathan,
  Ploughed through the brine, and from these solitudes
    Sent Silence frightened.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The poplars showed
  The white of their leaves, the amber grain
    Shrunk in the wind,--and the lightning now
      Is tangled in tremulous skeins of rain!
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

I have heard a greater storm in a boiling pot.
      - Athenaeus, Deipnosophistoe (VIII, 19),
        Dorian, a flutist, ridiculing Timotheos, a zither player, who imitated a storm at sea

Unsparing as the scourge of war,
  Blasts follow blasts, and groves dismantled roar.
      - Robert Bloomfield

Flash!
  Lightning, I swear!--there's a tempest brewing!
    Crash!
      Thunder, too--swift-footed lightning pursuing!
        The leaves are troubled, the winds drop dead,
          The air grows ruminant overhead--
            Splash!
              That great round drop fell pat on my nose.
                Flash! crash! splash!--
                  I must run for it, I suppose.
                    O what a flashing, and crashing, and splashing,
                      The earth is rocking, the skies are riven--
                        Jove in a passion, in god-like fashion,
                          Is breaking the crystal urns of heaven.
      - Robert Williams Buchanan

The earth is rocking, the skies are riven--
  Jove in a passion, in god-like fashion,
    Is breaking the crystal urns of heaven.
      - Robert Williams Buchanan,
        Horatius Cogitandibus (st. 16)

A storm in a cream bowl.
      - James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde,
        Ormond Manuscripts--Commission New Series
         (vol. IV, p. 292),
        to the Earl of Arlington, Dec. 29, 1678

He used to raise a storm in a teapot.
  [Lat., Excitabat enim fluctus in simpulo.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Legibus (III, 16)

A thousand miles from land are we,
  Tossing about on the roaring sea--
    From billow to bounding billow cast,
      Like fleecy snow on the stormy blast:
        The sails are scattered abroad, like weeds;
          The strong masts shake, like quivering reeds;
            The mighty cables, and iron chains,
              The hull, which all earthly strength disdains--
                They strain and they crack, and hearts like stone
                  Their natural hard proud strength disown.
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter)

Bursts as a wave that from the clouds impends,
  And swell'd with tempests on the ship descends;
    White are the decks with foam; the winds aloud
      Howl o'er the masts, and sing through every shroud:
        Pale, trembling, tir'd, the sailors freeze with fears;
          And instant death on every wave appears.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XV, l. 752), (Pope's translation)

Roads are wet where'er one wendeth,
  And with rain the thistle bendeth,
    And the brook cries like a child!
      Not a rainbow shines to cheer us;
        Ah! the sun comes never near us,
          And the heavens look dark and wile.
      - Mary Howitt, The Wet Summer,
        from the German

Ride the air
  In whirlwind.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 545)

It is a tempest in a tumbler of water.
  [Fr., C'est une tempete dans un verre d'eau.]
      - Paul I (Petrovitch Pavlof), Grand duc de Russie,
        of the insurrection in Geneva

The winds grow high;
  Impending tempests charge the sky;
    The lightning flies, the thunder roars;
      And big waves lash the frightened shores.
      - Matthew Prior, The Lady's Looking-Glass

Lightnings, that show the vast and foamy deep,
  The rending thunders, as they onward roll,
    The loud winds, that o'er the billows sweep--
      Shake the firm nerve, appal the bravest soul!
      - Mrs. Ann Ward Radcliffe,
        Mysteries of Udolpho--The Mariner
         (st. 9)

The storm is master. Man, as a ball, is tossed twixt winds and billows.
  [Ger., Der Sturm ist Meister; Wind und Well spielen
    Ball mit dem Menschen.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wilhelm Tell (IV, 1, 59)

Loud o'er my head though awful thunders roll,
  And vivid lightnings flash from pole to pole,
    Yet 'tis Thy voice, my God, that bids them fly,
      Thy arm directs those lightnings through the sky.
        Then let the good Thy mighty name revere,
          And hardened sinners Thy just vengeance fear.
      - Sir Walter Scott, On a Thunderstorm,
        written at the age of twelve, found in Lockhart's "Life of Scott", vol. I, ch. III

A red morn that ever yet betoken'd
  Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field,
    Sorrow to shepherds, woe unto the birds,
      Gust and foul flaws to herdsmen and to herds.
      - William Shakespeare

Blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark!
  The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.
      - William Shakespeare

I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds
  Have riv'd the knotty oaks, and I have seen
    The ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam,
      To be exalted with the threat'ning clouds
        But never till tonight, never till now,
          Did I go through a tempest dropping fire.
      - William Shakespeare

We often see, against some storm,
  A silence in the heavens, the rack stand still,
    The bold winds speechless, and the orb below
      As hush as death.
      - William Shakespeare

Or, if there were a sympathy in choice,
  War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it,
    Making it momentany as a sound,
      Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,
        Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
          That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth,
            And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!'
              The jaws of darkness do devour it up:
                So quick bright things come to confusion.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Lysander at I, i)

O Cicero,
  I have seen tempests when the scolding winds
    Have rived the knotty oaks, and I have seen
      Th' ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam
        To be exalted with the threat'ning clouds;
          But never till to-night, never till now,
            Did I go through a tempest dropping fire.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Casca at I, iii)

Why, now blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark!
  The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at V, i)


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