Careful Words

flame (n.)

flame (v.)

flame (adj.)

He's gone, and who knows how he may report

Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?

John Milton (1608-1674): Samson Agonistes. Line 1350.

Her track, where'er the goddess roves,

Glory pursue, and gen'rous shame,

Th' unconquerable mind, and freedom's holy flame.

Thomas Gray (1716-1771): The Progress of Poesy. II. 2, Line 10.

Drink ye to her that each loves best!

And if you nurse a flame

That's told but to her mutual breast,

We will not ask her name.

Thomas Campbell (1777-1844): Drink ye to Her.

If I speak to thee in friendship's name,

Thou think'st I speak too coldly;

If I mention love's devoted flame,

Thou say'st I speak too boldly.

Thomas Moore (1779-1852): How shall I woo?

They sin who tell us love can die;

With life all other passions fly,

All others are but vanity.

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Love is indestructible,

Its holy flame forever burneth;

From heaven it came, to heaven returneth.

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It soweth here with toil and care,

But the harvest-time of love is there.

Robert Southey (1774-1843): The Curse of Kehama. Canto x. Stanza 10.

Religion blushing, veils her sacred fires,

And unawares Morality expires.

Nor public flame nor private dares to shine;

Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine!

Lo! thy dread empire Chaos is restor'd,

Light dies before thy uncreating word;

Thy hand, great Anarch, lets the curtain fall,

And universal darkness buries all.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): The Dunciad. Book iv. Line 649.

The boy stood on the burning deck,

Whence all but him had fled;

The flame that lit the battle's wreck

Shone round him o'er the dead.

John Keble (1792-1866): Casabianca.

Vital spark of heavenly flame!

Quit, O quit this mortal frame!

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): The Dying Christian to his Soul.

What things have we seen

Done at the Mermaid! heard words that have been

So nimble and so full of subtile flame

As if that every one from whence they came

Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest,

And resolved to live a fool the rest

Of his dull life.

William Drummond (1585-1649): Letter to Ben Jonson.