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HAIR
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The ungrown glories of his beamy hair.
      - Joseph Addison

Long, glorious locks, which drop upon thy cheek like gold-hued cloud-flakes on the rosy morn.
      - Philip James Bailey

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
      - George Bancroft

And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which we go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. XLII, v. 38)

When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.
      - Bible, II Samuel (ch. X, v. 5)

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. X, v. 30)

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 31)

And from that luckless hour my tyrant fair
  Has led and turned me by a single hair.
      - Robert Bland, Anthology (p. 20),
        (edition 1813)

His hair stood upright like porcupine quills.
      - Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron
         (fifth day, Nov. 8)

Dear, dead women, with such hair, too--what's become of all the gold
  Used to hang and brush their bosoms?
      - Robert Browning,
        Men and Women--A Toccata of Galuppi's
         (st. 15)

And though it be a two-foot trout,
  'Tis with a single hair pulled out.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras

Those curious locks so aptly twin'd,
  Whose every hair a soul doth bind.
      - Thomas Carew, To A.L.--Persuasions to Love
         (l.37)

It is foolish to pluck out one's hair for sorrow, as if grief could be assuaged by baldness.
  [Lat., Stultum est in luctu capillum sibi evellere, quasi calvito maeror levaretur.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (III, 26)

Within the midnight of her hair,
  Half-hidden in its deepest deeps.
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter),
        Pearl Wearers

An harmless flaming meteor shone for hair,
  And fell adown his shoulders with losse care.
      - Abraham Cowley, Davideis (bk. II, l. 803)

His head,
  Not yet by time completely silver'd o'er,
    Bespoke him past the bounds of freakish youth,
      But strong for service still, and unimpair'd.
      - William Cowper, Task
         (bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 702)

Tresses, that wear
  Jewels, but to declare
    How much themselves more precious are.
      - Richard Crashaw,
        Wishes to his (supposed) Mistress

Her hair down-gushing in an armful flows,
  And floods her ivory neck, and glitters as she goes.
      - Allan Cunningham

God doth bestow that garment, when we die, that, like a soft and silken canopy, is still spread over us. In spite of death, our hair grows in the grave; and that alone looks fresh when all our other beauty's gone.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

The robe which curious Nature weaves to hang upon the head.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

Gray hair is beautiful in itself, and so softening to the complexion and so picturesque in its effect that many a woman who has been plain in her youth is, by its beneficent influence, transformed into a handsome woman.
      - Maria Richards Oakey Dewing (Miss Oakey)

It's an ill will that blows when you leave the hairdresser.
      - Phyllis Diller

Her head was bare, but for her native ornament of hair, which in a simple knot was tied above--sweet negligence, unheeded bait of love!
      - John Dryden

She knows her man, and when you rant and swear,
  Can draw you to her with a single hair.
      - John Dryden, Persius (satire V, l. 246)

When you see fair hair
  Be pitiful.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. IV)


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