Careful Words

hold (n.)

hold (v.)

Some say, compar'd to Bononcini,

That Mynheer Handel's but a ninny;

Others aver that he to Handel

Is scarcely fit to hold a candle.

Strange all this difference should be

'Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

John Byrom (1691-1763): On the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini.

Lay on, Macduff,

And damn'd be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Macbeth. Act v. Sc. 8.

  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

New Testament: 1 Thessalonians v. 21.

There studious let me sit,

And hold high converse with the mighty dead.

James Thomson (1700-1748): The Seasons. Winter. Line 431.

  Let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.

Book Of Common Prayer: Solemnization of Matrimony.

And he that stands upon a slippery place.

Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King John. Act iii. Sc. 4.

Hold the fleet angel fast until he bless thee.

Nathaniel Cotton (1707-1788): To-morrow.

  Hold the fort! I am coming!

William T. Sherman (1820-1891),—signalled to General Corse in Allatoona from the top of Kenesaw, Oct. 5, 1864.

To hold, as 't were, the mirror up to nature.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2.

Hold thou the good; define it well;

For fear divine Philosophy

Should push beyond her mark, and be

Procuress to the Lords of Hell.

Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892): In Memoriam. liii. Stanza 4.

  To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.

Book Of Common Prayer: Solemnization of Matrimony.

To hold with the hare and run with the hound.

John Heywood (Circa 1565): Proverbes. Part i. Chap. x.