Careful Words

mystery (n.)

That blessed mood,

In which the burden of the mystery,

In which the heavy and the weary weight

Of all this unintelligible world,

Is lightened.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850): Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey.

Pluck out the heart of my mystery.

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

She has seen the mystery hid

Under Egypt's pyramid:

By those eyelids pale and close

Now she knows what Rhamses knows.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1809-1861): Little Mattie. Stanza ii.

Within that awful volume lies

The mystery of mysteries!

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832): The Monastery. Chap. xii.