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God's glowing covenant.
- Hosea Ballou, MS. Sermons
And, lo! in the dark east, expanded high,
The rainbow brightens to the setting Sun.
- James Beattie, The Minstrel
(bk. I, st. 30)
Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.
It encircles the sky with its glorious arc; the hands of the Most High have stretched it out.
- Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
(ch. XLIII, v. 11-12)
'Tis sweet to listen as the night winds creep
From leaf to leaf; 'tis sweet to view on high
The rainbow, based on ocean, span the sky.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Don Juan (canto I, st. 122)
Faithful to its sacred page. Heaven stills rebuilds thy span.
- Thomas Campbell
Triumphant arch, that fill'st the sky when storms prepare to part!
- Thomas Campbell
Triumphal arch, that fill'st the sky
When storms prepare to part,
I ask not proud Philosophy
To teach me what thou art.
- Thomas Campbell, To the Rainbow
That gracious thing, made up of tears and light.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The smiling daughter of the storm.
- Charles Caleb Colton
Over her hung a canopy of state,
Not of rich tissue, nor of spangled gold,
But of a substance, though not animate,
Yet of a heavenly and spiritual mould,
That only eyes of spirits might behold.
- Giles Fletcher ("The Younger"),
The Rainbow (l. 33)
O beautiful rainbow;--all woven of light!
There's not in thy tissue one shadow of night;
Heaven surely is open when thou dost appear.
And, bending thee above, the angels draw near,
And sing,--"The rainbow! the rainbow!
The smile of God is here."
- Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale, Poems
God loves an idle rainbow,
No less than laboring seas.
- Ralph Hodgson, Three Poems (II)
There was an awful rainbow once in heaven;
We know her woof, her texture; she is given
In the dull catalogue of common things.
Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings.
- John Keats (1), Lamia (pt. II, l. 231)
Pride of the dewy morning,
The swain's experienced eye
From thee takes timely warning.
Nor trusts the gorgeous sky.
- John Keble,
Christian Year--(25th Sunday after Trinity)--On the Rainbow
God's illumined promise.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Conspicuous with three listed colors gay, betokening peace from God, and covenant new.
- John Milton
A rainbow in the morning
Is the Shepherd's warning;
But a rainbow at night
Is the Shepherd's delight.
- Old Rhyme, Old Weather Rhyme
Born of the shower, and colored by the sun.
- Jean Charles Prince
What skilful limner e'er would choose
To paint the rainbow's varying hues,
Unless to mortal it were given
To dip his brush in dyes of heaven?
- Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
(canto VI, st. 5)
Hail, many-colored messenger, that ne'er
Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter;
Who, with thy saffron wings, upon my flowers
Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers;
And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown
My bosky acres, and my unshrubb'd down,
Rich scarf to my proud earth.
- William Shakespeare
Mild arch of promise! on the evening sky
Thou shinest fair with many a lovely ray,
Each in the south melting.
- Robert Southey,
Sonnets--The Evening Rainbow
Rain, rain, and sun! a rainbow in the sky!
- Lord Alfred Tennyson,
Idylls of the King--The Coming of Arthur
Meantime, refracted from yon eastern cloud,
Bestriding earth, the grand ethereal bow
Shoots up immense; and every hue unfolds,
In fair proportion, running from the red
To where the violet fades into the sky.
- James Thomson (1)
Hung on the shower that fronts the golden West,
The rainbow bursts like magic on mine eyes!
In hues of ancient promise there imprest;
Frail in its date, eternal in its guise.
- Charles Tennyson Turner,
Sonnets and Fugitive Pieces--The Rainbow
When thou dost shine, darkness looks white and fair,
Forms turn to music, clouds to smiles and air;
Rain gently spends his honey-drops, and pours
Balm on the cleft earth, milk on grass and flowers.
Bright pledge of peace and sunshine!
- Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist")
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