Careful Words

honey (n.)

honey (v.)

honey (adj.)

  A land flowing with milk and honey.

Old Testament: Exodus iii. 8; Jeremiah xxxii. 22.

How doth the little busy bee

Improve each shining hour,

And gather honey all the day

From every opening flower!

Isaac Watts (1674-1748): Divine Songs. Song xx.

Words sweet as honey from his lips distill'd.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): The Iliad of Homer. Book i. Line 332.

  Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Old Testament: Psalm xix. 10.

For he on honey-dew hath fed,

And drunk the milk of Paradise.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834): Kubla Khan.

Boy! Lucius! Fast asleep? It is no matter;

Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber:

Thou hast no figures nor no fantasies,

Which busy care draws in the brains of men;

Therefore thou sleep'st so sound.

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