Careful Words

turn (n.)

turn (v.)

turn (adv.)

turn (adj.)

He that fights and runs away

May turn and fight another day;

But he that is in battle slain

Will never rise to fight again.

Ray: History of the Rebellion (1752), p. 48.

A good turn at need,

At first or last, shall be assur'd of meed.

Du Bartas (1544-1590): First Week, Sixth Day.

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight!

Make me a child again, just for to-night!

Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832-1911): Rock me to sleep.

Thus times do shift,—each thing his turn does hold;

New things succeed, as former things grow old.

Robert Herrick (1591-1674): Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve.

Turn him to any cause of policy,

The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,

Familiar as his garter: that when he speaks,

The air, a chartered libertine, is still.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry V. Act i. Sc. 1.

One good turne asketh another.

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

Turn over a new leaf.

Thomas Middleton (1580-1627): Anything for a Quiet Life. Act iii. Sc. 3.

Turn over a new leaf.

Thomas Dekker (1572-1632): The Honest Whore. Part ii. Act ii. Sc. 1.

The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry VI. Part III. Act ii. Sc. 2.

  You are a devil at everything, and there is no kind of thing in the 'versal world but what you can turn your hand to.

Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616): Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. xi.