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In his east the glorious lamp was seen, regent of the day; and all the horizon round, invested with bright rays.
      - John Milton

O sun! of this great world both eye and soul.
      - John Milton

The golden sun, in splendor likest heav'n,
  Dispenses light from far; they, as they move
    Their starry dance, in numbers that compute
      Days, months, and years, towards his all-cheering lamp,
        Turn swift their various motions, or are turn'd
          By his magnetic beam, that gently warms
            The universe; and to each inward part,
              With gentle penetration, though unseen,
                Shoots invisible virtue ev'n to the deep.
      - John Milton

What light through yonder window breaks!
  It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!--
    Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon.(Shakespeare} The great luminary
      Aloof the vulgar constellations thick,
        That from his lordly eye keep distance due,
          Dispenses light from far.
      - John Milton

The gay motes that people the sunbeams.
      - John Milton, Il Penseroso (l. 8)

The greater luminary
  Aloof the vulgar constellations thick,
    That from his lordly eye keep distance due,
      Dispenses light from far.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 576)

Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 171)

And see--the Sun himself!--on wings
  Of glory up the East he springs.
    Angel of Light! who from the time
      Those heavens began their march sublime,
        Hath first of all the starry choir
          Trod in his Maker's steps of fire!
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--The Fire Worshippers

As sunshine, broken in the rill,
  Though turn'd astray, is sunshine still!
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--The Fire Worshippers

Blest power of sunshine!--and genial day,
  What balm, what life is in thy ray!
    To feel there is such real bliss,
      That had the world no joy but this,
        To sit in sunshine calm and sweet,--
          It were a world too exquisite
            For man to leave it for the gloom,
              The deep, cold shadow, of the tomb.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--The Fire Worshippers

Though the sun scorches us sometimes, and gives us the headache, we do not refuse to acknowledge that we stand in need of his warmth.
      - Phillippe de Mornay

Suppose the chariot of the sun were given you, what would you do?
  [Lat., Finge datos currus, quid agas?]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (bk. II, 74),
        (Apollo's question to Phaeton)

If you count the sunny and the cloudy days of the whole year, you will find that the sunshine predominates.
  [Lat., Si numeres anno soles et nubila toto,
    Invenies nitidum saepius isse diem.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (V, 8, 31)

Pompey bade Sylla recollect that more worshipped the rising than the setting sun.
      - Plutarch, Life of Pompey

Now deep in ocean sunk the lamp of light,
  And drew behind the cloudy veil of night.
      - Alexander Pope

More joyful eyes look at the setting than at the rising sun. Burdens are laid down by the poor, whom the sun consoles more than the rich. No star and no moon announce the rising sun; and does not the setting sun, like a lover, leave behind his image in the moon? I yearn towards him when he sets, not when he rises.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Suns are sunflowers of a higher light.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

And the sun had on a crown
  Wrought of gilded thistledown,
    And a scarf of velvet vapor
      And a raveled rainbow gown;
        And his tinsel-tangled hair
          Tossed and lost upon the air
            Was glossier and flossier
              Than any anywhere.
      - James Whitcomb Riley,
        The South Wind and the Sun

It's hame, and it's hame, and it's hame we fain would be,
  Though the cloud is in the lift and the wind is on the lea;
    For the sun through the mirk blinks blithe on mine e'e,
      Says, "I'll shine on ye yet in your ain countrie."
      - Sir Walter Scott, Fortunes of Nigel
         (ch. XXXI), probably quoted

He fires the proud tops of the eastern pines
  And darts his light through every guilty hole.
      - William Shakespeare

Now, ere the sun advance his burning eye,
  The day to cheer, and night's dank dew to dry.
      - William Shakespeare

That orbed continent, the fire that severs day from night.
      - William Shakespeare

The glorious sun
  Stays in his course and plays the alchemist,
    Turning with splendor of his precious eye
      The meager cloddy earth to glittering gold.
      - William Shakespeare

The heavenly-harness'd team
  Begins his golden progress in the east.
      - William Shakespeare

The selfsame sun that shines upon his court
  Hides not his visage from our cottage, but
    Looks on alike.
      - William Shakespeare

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