Careful Words

present (n.)

present (v.)

present (adv.)

present (adj.)

And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,

Against the use of nature. Present fears

Are less than horrible imaginings.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Macbeth. Act i. Sc. 3.

  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Old Testament: Psalm xlvi. 1.

  Absent in body, but present in spirit.

New Testament: 1 Corinthians v. 3.

My mind to me a kingdom is;

Such present joys therein I find,

That it excels all other bliss

That earth affords or grows by kind:

Though much I want which most would have,

Yet still my mind forbids to crave.

Edward Dyer (Circa 1540-1607): MS. Rawl. 85, p. 17.

Past and to come seems best; things present worst.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry IV. Part II. Act i. Sc. 3.