Careful Words

passage (n.)

It is no act of common passage, but

A strain of rareness.

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

  The bird of passage known to us as the cuckoo.

Pliny The Elder (23-79 a d): Natural History. Book xviii. Sect. 249.

How commentators each dark passage shun,

And hold their farthing candle to the sun.

Edward Young (1684-1765): Love of Fame. Satire vii. Line 97.

E'en like the passage of an angel's tear

That falls through the clear ether silently.

John Keats (1795-1821): To One who has been long in City pent.

  He was one of a lean body and visage, as if his eager soul, biting for anger at the clog of his body, desired to fret a passage through it.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661): Life of the Duke of Alva.