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TEMPESTS
[ Also see Storms ]

Who shall face
  The blast that wakes the fury of the sea?
 * * * * *
The vast hulks
  Are whirled like chaff upon the waves; the sails
    Fly, rent like webs of gossamer; the masts
      Are snapped asunder.
      - William Cullen Bryant

An horrid stillness first invades the ear,
  And in that silence we the tempest fear.
      - John Dryden

Look, from the turbid south
  What floods of flame in red diffusion burst,
    Frequent and furious, darted thro' the dark
      And broken ridges of a thousand clouds,
        Pil'd hill on hill; and hark, the thunder rous'd,
          Groans in long roarings through the distant gloom.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch)

Meanwhile
  The sun, in his setting, sent up the last smile
    Of his power, to baffle the storm. And, behold!
      O'er the mountains embattled, his armies, all gold,
        Rose and rested: while far up the dim airy crags,
          Its artillery silenced, its banners in rags,
            The rear of the tempest its sullen retreat
              Drew off slowly, receding in silence, to meet
                The powers of the night, which, now gathering afar,
                  Had already sent forward one bright, single star.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

There is war in the skies!
  Lo! the black-winged legions of tempest arise
    O'er those sharp splinter'd rocks that are gleaming below
      In the soft light, so fair and so fatal, as though
        Some seraph burn'd through them, the thunderbolt searching
          Which the black cloud unbosom'd just now.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

To create a tempest in a teapot.
      - Proverb

To make waves in a cup.
  [Lat., Exitare fluctus in simpulo.]
      - Proverb

I have seen tempests, when the scalding winds
  Have riv'd the knotty oaks; and I have seen
    The ambitious ocean swell, and rage, and foam,
      To be exalted with the threat'ning clouds;
        But never till to-night, never till now,
          Did I go through a tempest dropping fire.
      - William Shakespeare

The southern wind
  Doth play the trumpet to his purposes;
    And, by his hollow whistling in the leaves,
      Foretells a tempest and a blustering day.
      - William Shakespeare

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks. Rage, blow,
  You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
    Till you have drenched our steeples, downed the cocks.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at III, ii)

Suddeine they see from midst of all the maine
  The surging waters like a mountaine rise,
    And the great sea, puft up with proud disdaine,
      To swell above the measure of his guise,
        As threatning to devoure all that his powre despise.
      - Edmund Spenser

Along the woods, along the moorish fens,
  Sighs the sad genius of the coming storm;
    And up among the loose disjointed cliffs,
      And fractured mountains wild, the brawling brook
        And cave, presageful, send a hollow moan,
          Resounding long in listening fancy's ear.
      - James Thomson (1)

And sometimes too a burst of rain,
  Swept from the black horizon, broad, descends
    In one continuous flood. Still over head
      The mingling tempest weaves its gloom, and still
        The deluge deepens; till the fields around
          Lie sunk, and flatted, in the sordid wave.
            Sudden the ditches swell; the meadows swim.
              Red, from the hills, innumerable streams
                Tumultuous roar; and high above its banks
                  The river lift; before whose rushing tide,
                    Herds, flocks, and harvests, cottages, and swains,
                      Roll mingled down; all that the winds had spar'd
                        In one wild moment ruined; the big hopes
                          And well-earned treasures of the painful year.
      - James Thomson (1)

From cloud to cloud the rending lightnings rage;
  Till, in the furious elemental war
    Dissolv'd, the whole precipitated mass
      Unbroken floods and solid torrents pour.
      - James Thomson (1)


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