Careful Words

lower (n.)

lower (v.)

lower (adv.)

I am not now in fortune's power:

He that is down can fall no lower.

Samuel Butler (1600-1680): Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 877.

From lower to the higher next,

Not to the top, is Nature's text;

And embryo Good, to reach full stature,

Absorbs the Evil in its nature.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891): Festina Lente. Moral.