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WIND
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[ Also see Air Clouds Nature Rain Storms Weather Zephyrs ]

Never does a wilder song
  Steal the breezy lyre along,
    When the wind in odors dying,
      Wooes it with enamor'd sighing.
      - Thomas Moore, To Rosa

Loud wind, strong wind, sweeping o'er the mountains,
  Fresh wind, free wind, blowing from the sea,
    Pour forth thy vials like streams from airy mountains,
      Draughts of life to me.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        North Wind

When the wind is in the east,
  Then the fishes bite the least;
    When the wind is in the west,
      Then the fishes bite the best;
        When the wind is in the north,
          Then the fishes do come forth;
            When the wind is in the south,
              It blows the bait in the fish's mouth.
      - Old Rhyme,
        in J.O. Halliwell's "Popular Rhymes"

When the stormy winds do blow.
      - Martin (Martyn) Parker,
        Ye Gentlemen of England

To strive with the winds.
  [Lat., Cum ventis litigare.]
      - Petronius (Caius Petronius Arbiter) 83

And the South Wind--he was dressed
  With a ribbon round his breast
    That floated, flapped, and fluttered
      In a riotous unrest
        And a drapery of mist
          From the shoulder to the wrist
            Floating backward with the motion
              Of the waving hand he kissed.
      - James Whitcomb Riley,
        The South Wind and the Sun

The morning wind the mead hath kissed;
  It leads in narrow lines
    The shadows of the silver mist,
      To pause among the pines.
      - John Ruskin

A young man who had been troubling society with impalpable doctrines of a new civilization which he called "the Kingdom of Heaven" had been put out of the way; and I can imagine that believer in material power murmuring as he went homeward, "it will all blow over now." Yes. The wind from the Kingdom of Heaven has blown over the world, and shall blow for centuries yet.
      - George William Russell (used pseudonym "AE"),
        The Economics of Ireland (p. 23)

O the wind is a faun in the spring time
  When the ways are green for the tread of the May!
    List! hark his lay!
      Whist! mark his play!
        T-r-r-r-l!
          Hear how gay!
      - Clinton Scollard, The Wind

Take a straw and throw it up into the air, you may see by that which way the wind is.
      - John Selden, Table Talk--Libels

Is 't possible? Sits the wind in that corner?
      - William Shakespeare

What wind blew you hither, Pistol?
  Not the ill wind which blows no man to good.
      - William Shakespeare

(Falstaff:) What wind blew you hither, Pistol?
  (Pistol:) Not the ill wind which blows no man to good.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Falstaff & Pistol at V, iii)

Ill blows the wind that profits nobody.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth Part III
         (Son at II, v)

O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being,
  Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
    Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,
      Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,
        Pestilence-stricken multitudes.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind
         (pt. I)

O wind,
  If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind
         (pt. V)

Cease, rude Boreas, blustering railer!
  List, ye landsmen all, to me:
    Messmates, hear a brother sailor
      Sing the dangers of the sea.
      - George Alexander Stevens, The Storm

There are, indeed, few merrier spectacles than that of many windmills bickering together in a fresh breeze over a woody country; their halting alacrity of movement, their pleasant business, making bread all day with uncouth gesticulation; their air, gigantically human, as of a creature half alive, put a spirit of romance into the tamest landscape.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson, Foreigner at Home

I loved the Wind.
  Whether it kissed my hair and pallid brow;
    Whether with sweets my sense it fed, as now;
      Whether it blew across the scudding main;
        Whether it shrieked above a stretch of plain;
          Whether, on autumn days, in solemn woods,
            And barren solitudes,
              Along the waste it whirled the withered leaves;
                Whether it hummed around my cottage eaves,
                  And shook the rattling doors,
                    And died with long-drawn sighs, on bleak and dreary moors;
                      Whether in winter, when its trump did blow
                        Through desolate gorges dirges of despair,
                          It drove the snow-flakes slantly down the air,
                            And piled the drifts of snow;
                              Or whether it breathed soft in vernal hours,
                                And filled the trees with sap, and filled the grass with flowers.
      - Richard Henry Stoddard

Emblem of man, who, after all his moaning
  And strain of dire immeasurable strife,
    Has yet this consolation, all atoning--
      Life, as a windmill, grinds the bread of Life.
      - 1st Lord de Tabley, Sir John Fleming Leicester,
        The Windmill

Sweet and low, sweet and low,
  Wind of the western sea,
    Low, low, breathe and blow,
      Wind of the western sea!
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Princess,
        a song, end of pt. II

Through the gaunt woods the winds are shrilling cold,
  Down from the rifted rock the sunbeam pours
    Over the cold gray slopes, and stony moors.
      - Frederick Tennyson

A fresher Gale
  Begins to wave the wood, and stir the stream,
    Sweeping with shadowy gust the fields of corn;
      While the Quail clamors for his running mate.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Summer
         (l. 1,655)

Except wind stands as it never stood
  It is an ill wind turns none to good.
      - Thomas Tusser

Yet true it is as cow chews cud,
  And trees at spring do yield forth bud,
    Except wind stands as never it stood,
      It is an ill wind turns none to good.
      - Thomas Tusser,
        Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandrie--Description of the Properties of Winds
         (ch. XII)


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