Careful Words

rule (n.)

rule (v.)

Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,

Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot. Prologue to the Satires. Line 197.

I have not kept my square; but that to come

Shall all be done by the rule.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Antony and Cleopatra. Act ii. Sc. 3.

When Britain first, at Heaven's command,

Arose from out the azure main,

This was the charter of her land,

And guardian angels sung the strain:

Rule, Britannia! Britannia rules the waves!

Britons never shall be slaves.

James Thomson (1700-1748): Alfred. Act ii. Sc. 5.

  No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.

Robert Burton (1576-1640): Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 2, Subsect. 3.

For contemplation he and valour form'd,

For softness she and sweet attractive grace;

He for God only, she for God in him.

His fair large front and eye sublime declar'd

Absolute rule; and hyacinthine locks

Round from his parted forelock manly hung

Clustering, but not beneath his shoulders broad.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 297.

For I, who hold sage Homer's rule the best,

Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace. Satire ii. Book ii. Line 159.

A little rule, a little sway,

A sunbeam in a winter's day,

Is all the proud and mighty have

Between the cradle and the grave.

John Dyer (1700-1758): Grongar Hill. Line 88.

With thy long levell'd rule of streaming light.

John Milton (1608-1674): Comus. Line 340.

None shall rule but the humble,

And none but Toil shall have.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): Boston Hymn. 1863.

Beneath the rule of men entirely great,

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Edward Bulwer Lytton (1805-1873): Richelieu. Act ii. Sc. 2.

  Ornate rhetorick taught out of the rule of Plato. . . . To which poetry would be made subsequent, or indeed rather precedent, as being less suttle and fine, but more simple, sensuous, and passionate.

John Milton (1608-1674): Tractate of Education.

  How shall I be able to rule over others, that have not full power and command of myself?

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

Because the good old rule

Sufficeth them,—the simple plan,

That they should take who have the power,

And they should keep who can.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850): Rob Roy's Grave.

Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.

Edmund Spenser (1553-1599): Faerie Queene. Book v. Canto ii. St. 43.

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774): The Traveller. Line 386.

Rule the rost.

John Heywood (Circa 1565): Proverbes. Part i. Chap. v.

Her that ruled the rost in the kitchen.

Thomas Heywood (1570-1641): History of Women (ed. 1624). Page 286.

Resolv'd to ruin or to rule the state.

John Dryden (1631-1701): Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 174.

See, Winter comes to rule the varied year.

James Thomson (1700-1748): The Seasons. Winter. Line 1.

He shall rule them with a rod of iron.

New Testament: Revelation ii. 27.