Careful Words

report (n.)

report (v.)

  By evil report and good report.

New Testament: 2 Corinthians vi. 8.

If my gossip Report be an honest woman of her word.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Merchant of Venice. Act iii. Sc. 1.

Report me and my cause aright.

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

'T is greatly wise to talk with our past hours,

And ask them what report they bore to heaven.

Edward Young (1684-1765): Night thoughts. Night ii. Line 376.

  Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

New Testament: Philippians iv. 8.

He's gone, and who knows how he may report

Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?

John Milton (1608-1674): Samson Agonistes. Line 1350.