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Have you ever, looking up, seen a cloud like to a Centaur, a Part, or a Wolf, or a Bull?
- Aristophanes, Clouds,
As though an angel, in his upward flight,
Had left his mantle floating in mid-air.
- Joanna Baillie
Rocks, torrents, gulfs, and shapes of giant size
And glitt'ring cliff on cliffs, and fiery ramparts rise.
- James Beattie, Ministrel (bk. I)
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that al our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea.
- Bible, I Corinthians (ch. X, v. 1)
And it can to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.
- Bible, I Kings (ch. XVIII, v. 44)
Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretches out the heavens like a curtain:
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
- Bible, Psalms (ch. CIV, v. 1-5)
I saw two clouds at morning
Tinged by the rising sun,
And in the dawn they floated on
And mingled into one.
- John Gardiner Calkins Brainard,
I Saw Two Clouds at Morning
Were I a cloud I'd gather
My skirts up in the air,
And fly well know whither,
And rest I well know where.
- Robert Seymour Bridges,
Elegy--The Cliff Top--A Cloud
Cloud-walls of the morning's gray
Faced with amber column,
Crowned with crimson cupola
From a sunset solemn.
May-mists, for the casements, fetch,
Pale and glimmering,
With a sunbeam hid in each,
And a smell of spring.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
O, it is pleasant, with a heart at ease,
Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies,
To make the shifting clouds be what you please,
Or let the easily persuaded eyes
Own each quaint likeness issuing from the mould
Of a friend's fancy.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Fancy in Nubibus
Though outwardly a gloomy shroud,
The inner half of every cloud
Is bright and shining:
I therefore turn my clouds about
And always wear them inside out
To show the lining.
- Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler (Mrs. A.L. Felkin),
Wisdom of Folly
When scattered clouds are resting on the bosoms of hills, it seems as if one might climb into the heavenly region, earth being so intermixed with sky, and gradually transformed into it.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
The clouds,--the only birds that never sleep.
- Victor Hugo, The Vanished City
Those clouds are angels' robes.--That fiery west
Is paved with smiling faces.
- Charles Kingsley
The hooded clouds, like friars,
Tell their beads in drops of rain.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
See yonder little cloud, that, borne aloft
So tenderly by the wind, floats fast away
Over the snowy peaks!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Christus--The Golden Legend
(pt. V, l. 145)
By unseen hand uplifted in the light
Of sunset, yonder solitary cloud
Floats, with its white apparel blown abroad,
And wafted up to heaven.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Michael Angelo
(pt. II, 2)
But here by the mill the castled clouds
Mocked themselves in the dizzy water.
- Edgar Lee Masters,
Spoon River Anthology--Isaiah Beethoven
They are fair resting-places
For the dear weary dead on their way up to heaven.
- Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller)
Was I deceiv'd, or did a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
- John Milton, Comus (l. 22)
There does a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night,
And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.
- John Milton, Comus (l. 223)
So when the sun in bed,
Curtain'd with cloudy red,
Pillows his chin upon an orient wave.
- John Milton,
Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity
The low'ring element
Scowls o'er the darken'd landscape.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. II, l. 490)
If woolly fleeces spread the heavenly way
No rain, be sure, disturbs the summer's day.
- Old Rhyme, Old Weather Rhyme
When clouds appear like rocks and towers,
The earth's refreshed by frequent showers.
- Old Rhyme, Old Weather Rhyme
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