Careful Words

roll (n.)

roll (v.)

roll (adj.)

Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate,

Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate?

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784): Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 345.

I am not in the roll of common men.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry IV. Part I. Act iii. Sc. 1.

  I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor.

Grover Cleveland (1837-1908): Veto of Dependent Pension Bill, July 5, 1888.

Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean, roll!

Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;

Man marks the earth with ruin,—his control

Stops with the shore.

Lord Byron 1788-1824: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. Canto iv. Stanza 179.

Wherever waves can roll, and winds can blow.

Charles Churchill (1731-1764): The Farewell. Line 38.