Careful Words

side (n.)

side (v.)

side (adv.)

side (adj.)

O, what may man within him hide,

Though angel on the outward side!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Measure for Measure. Act iii. Sc. 2.

Back and side go bare, go bare,

Both foot and hand go cold;

But, belly, God send thee good ale enough,

Whether it be new or old.

Bishop Still (John) (1543-1607): Gammer Gurton's Needle. Act ii.

Hands promiscuously applied,

Round the slight waist, or down the glowing side.

Lord Byron 1788-1824: The Waltz.

Of which all Europe rings from side to side.

John Milton (1608-1674): Sonnet xxii. To Cyriac Skinner.

Thou slave, thou wretch, thou coward!

Thou little valiant, great in villany!

Thou ever strong upon the stronger side!

Thou Fortune's champion that dost never fight

But when her humorous ladyship is by

To teach thee safety.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King John. Act iii. Sc. 1.

If I had thought thou couldst have died,

I might not weep for thee;

But I forgot, when by thy side,

That thou couldst mortal be.

Charles Wolfe (1791-1823): To Mary.

  The laws are with us, and God on our side.

Robert Southey (1774-1843): On the Rise and Progress of Popular Disaffection (1817), Essay viii. Vol. ii. p. 107.

He could distinguish and divide

A hair 'twixt south and southwest side.

Samuel Butler (1600-1680): Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 67.

As half in shade and half in sun

This world along its path advances,

May that side the sun's upon

Be all that e'er shall meet thy glances!

Thomas Moore (1779-1852): Peace be around Thee.

So, when a raging fever burns,

We shift from side to side by turns;

And 't is a poor relief we gain

To change the place, but keep the pain.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748): Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Book ii. Hymn 146.