Careful Words

balance (n.)

balance (v.)

Poetic Justice, with her lifted scale,

Where in nice balance truth with gold she weighs,

And solid pudding against empty praise.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): The Dunciad. Book i. Line 52.

  The balance of power.

Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745): Speech, 1741.

  I called the New World into existence to redress the balance of the Old.

George Canning (1770-1827): The King's Message, Dec. 12, 1826.