Careful Words

drop (n.)

drop (v.)

One kind kiss before we part,

Drop a tear and bid adieu;

Though we sever, my fond heart

Till we meet shall pant for you.

Robert Dodsley (1703-1764): The Parting Kiss.

My tears must stop, for every drop

Hinders needle and thread.

Thomas Hood (1798-1845): The Song of the Shirt.

Do not drop in for an after-loss.

Ah, do not, when my heart hath 'scap'd this sorrow,

Come in the rearward of a conquer'd woe;

Give not a windy night a rainy morrow,

To linger out a purpos'd overthrow.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Sonnet xc.

Were 't the last drop in the well,

As I gasp'd upon the brink,

Ere my fainting spirit fell

'T is to thee that I would drink.

Lord Byron 1788-1824: To Thomas Moore.

So may'st thou live, till like ripe fruit thou drop

Into thy mother's lap.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Lost. Book xi. Line 535.

Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way

Of starved people.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Merchant of Venice. Act v. Sc. 1.

  The nations are as a drop of a bucket.

Old Testament: Isaiah xl. 15.

  A cup of hot wine with not a drop of allaying Tiber in 't.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Coriolanus. Act ii. Sc. 1.

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,

Falling like dew upon a thought, produces

That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.

Lord Byron 1788-1824: Don Juan. Canto iii. Stanza 88.

A ruddy drop of manly blood

The surging sea outweighs;

The world uncertain comes and goes,

The lover rooted stays.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): Essays. First Series. Epigraph to Friendship.

Water, water, everywhere,

Nor any drop to drink.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834): The Ancient Mariner. Part ii.