Careful Words

portion (n.)

portion (v.)

He wales a portion with judicious care;

And "Let us worship God," he says with solemn air.

Robert Burns (1759-1796): The Cotter's Saturday Night.

  By labour and intent study (which I take to be my portion in this life), joined with the strong propensity of nature, I might perhaps leave something so written to after times as they should not willingly let it die.

John Milton (1608-1674): The Reason of Church Government. Introduction, Book ii.

I live not in myself, but I become

Portion of that around me; and to me

High mountains are a feeling, but the hum

Of human cities torture.

Lord Byron 1788-1824: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. Canto iii. Stanza 72.

What is the end of fame? 'T is but to fill

A certain portion of uncertain paper.

Lord Byron 1788-1824: Don Juan. Canto i. Stanza 218.

That best portion of a good man's life,—

His little, nameless, unremembered acts

Of kindness and of love.

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