Careful Words

task (n.)

task (v.)

The trivial round, the common task,

Would furnish all we ought to ask.

John Keble (1792-1866): Morning.

Delightful task! to rear the tender thought,

To teach the young idea how to shoot.

James Thomson (1700-1748): The Seasons. Spring. Line 1149.

But now my task is smoothly done,

I can fly, or I can run.

John Milton (1608-1674): Comus. Line 1012.

Whose sore task

Does not divide the Sunday from the week.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 1.