Careful Words

text (n.)

The worst speak something good; if all want sense,

God takes a text, and preacheth Pa-ti-ence.

George Herbert (1593-1632): The Church Porch.

And many a holy text around she strews,

That teach the rustic moralist to die.

Thomas Gray (1716-1771): Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 21.

  You shall see them on a beautiful quarto page, where a neat rivulet of text shall meander through a meadow of margin.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816): School for Scandal. Act i. Sc. 1.