Careful Words

number (n.)

number (v.)

Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber!

Holy angels guard thy bed!

Heavenly blessings without number

Gently falling on thy head.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748): A Cradle Hymn.

Greatest happiness of the greatest number.

  So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Old Testament: Psalm xc. 12.

Our compell'd sins

Stand more for number than for accompt.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Measure for Measure. Act ii. Sc. 4.