Careful Words

return (n.)

return (v.)

return (adv.)

O, call back yesterday, bid time return!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Richard II. Act iii. Sc. 2.

So sweetly she bade me adieu,

I thought that she bade me return.

William Shenstone (1714-1763): A Pastoral. Part i.

  He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

Old Testament: Job vii. 10; cf. xvi. 22.

For solitude sometimes is best society,

And short retirement urges sweet return.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Lost. Book ix. Line 249.

There swift return

Diurnal, merely to officiate light

Round this opacous earth, this punctual spot.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Lost. Book viii. Line 21.

But oh the heavy change, now thou art gone,

Now thou art gone and never must return!

John Milton (1608-1674): Lycidas. Line 37.

Farewell to Lochaber, farewell to my Jean,

Where heartsome wi' thee I hae mony days been;

For Lochaber no more, Lochaber no more,

We 'll maybe return to Lochaber no more.

Allan Ramsay (1686-1758): Lochaber no More.

  To return to our wethers.

Martin Luther (1483-1546): Works. Book i. Chap. i. n. 2.

  To return to our wethers.

Martin Luther (1483-1546): Works. Book i. Chap. i. n. 2.

Return unto thy rest, my soul,

From all the wanderings of thy thought,

From sickness unto death made whole,

Safe through a thousand perils brought.

James Montgomery (1771-1854): Rest for the Soul.

And while the lamp holds out to burn,

The vilest sinner may return.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748): Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Book i. Hymn 88.