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The sun with one eye vieweth all the world.
      - William Shakespeare

I 'gin to be aweary of the sun,
  And wish th' estate o' th' world were now undone.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at V, v)

Full many a glorious morning have I seen
  Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye,
    Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
      Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;
        Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
          With ugly rack on his celestial face,
            And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
              Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:
                Even so my sun one early morn did shine
                  With all-triumphant splendor on my brow;
                    But, out alack, he was but one hour mine,
                      The region cloud hath masked him from me now.
                        Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
                          Suns of the world may stain when heaven's sun staineth.
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXXIII

When the sun shines let foolish gnats make sport,
  But creep in crannies when he hides his beams.
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Antipholus of Syracuse at II, ii)

Men shut their doors against a setting sun.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Apemantus at I, ii)

(Petruchio:) It shall be what o'clock I say it is.
  (Hortensio:) Why, so this gallant will command the sun.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio & Hortensio at IV, iii)

Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass,
  That I may see my shadow as I pass.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at I, ii)

Even here undone!
  I was not much afeard; for once or twice
    I was about to speak and tell him plainly
      The selfsame sun that shines upon his court
        Hides not his visage from our cottage but
          Looks on alike.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Perdita at IV, iv)

And all those sayings will I over swear,
  And all those swearings keep as true in soul
    As doth that orbed continent the fire
      That severs day from night.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Viola at V, i)

In the warm shadow of her loveliness;--
  He kissed her with his beams.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Witch of Atlas
         (st. 2)

God's lidless eye!
      - Horace (Horatio) Smith (a/k/a Paul Chatfield)

"But," quoth his neighbor, "when the sun
  From East to West his course has run,
    How comes it that he shows his face
      Next morning in his former place?"
        "Ho! there's a pretty question, truly!"
          Replied our wight, with an unruly
            Burst of laughter and delight,
              So much his triumph seemed to please him.
                "Why, blockhead! he goes back at night,
                  And that's the reason no one sees him!"
      - Horace (Horatio) Smith (a/k/a Paul Chatfield),
        The Astronomical Alderman (st. 5)

At length the sun began to peep,
  And glid the surface of the deep.
      - William C. Somerville

There was not, on that day a speck to stain
  The azure heaven; the blessed sun alone,
    In unapproachable divinity,
      Career'd, rejoicing in his fields of light.
      - Robert Southey

The sun is all about the world we see, the breath and strength of every spring.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne

The sun, reflecting upon the mud of strands and shores, is unpolluted in his beam.
      - Jeremy Taylor

. . . Because as the sun reflecting upon the wind of strands and shores is unpolluted in its beams, so is God not dishonored when we suppose him in every of his creature, and in every part of every one of them.
      - Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living
         (ch. II, sec. III)

There sinks the nebulous star we call the sun.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Princess
         (pt. IV)

Written as with a sunbeam.
      - Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullian,
        De Resurrectione Carnis (ch. XLVII)

The sopped sun--toper as ever drank hard--
  Stares foolish, hazed,
    Rubicund, dazed,
      Totty with thine October tankard.
      - Francis Thompson, A Corymbus for Autumn
         (st. 1)

The downward sun looks out effulgent from amid the flash of broken clouds.
      - James Thomson (1)

The very dead creation from thy touch assumes a mimic life.
      - James Thomson (1)

You leave the setting to court the rising sun.
      - Tiberius (Tiberius Clauius Nero),
        to the Romans who welcomed his successor, Caligula

He that walketh in the sun shall be tanned.
      - David Tuvill, Vade Mecum

The sun when setting makes the increasing shadows twice as large.
  [Lat., Sol crescentes decedens duplicat umbras.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Eclogues (II, 67)


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