Careful Words

weight (n.)

weight (v.)

weight (adj.)

That blessed mood,

In which the burden of the mystery,

In which the heavy and the weary weight

Of all this unintelligible world,

Is lightened.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850): Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey.

The sightless Milton, with his hair

Around his placid temples curled;

And Shakespeare at his side,—a freight,

If clay could think and mind were weight,

For him who bore the world!

William Wordsworth (1770-1850): The Italian Itinerant.

Now cheaply bought for thrice their weight in gold.

John Ferriar (1764-1815): Illustrations of Sterne. Bibliomania. Line 65.

Wearing all that weight

Of learning lightly like a flower.

Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892): In Memoriam. Conclusion. Stanza 10.

With grave

Aspect he rose, and in his rising seem'd

A pillar of state; deep on his front engraven

Deliberation sat, and public care;

And princely counsel in his face yet shone,

Majestic though in ruin: sage he stood,

With Atlantean shoulders, fit to bear

The weight of mightiest monarchies; his look

Drew audience and attention still as night

Or summer's noontide air.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 300.

The monumental pomp of age

Was with this goodly personage;

A stature undepressed in size,

Unbent, which rather seemed to rise

In open victory o'er the weight

Of seventy years, to loftier height.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850): The White Doe of Rylstone. Canto iii.

The heart bowed down by weight of woe

To weakest hope will cling.

Alfred Bunn (1790-1860): Song.

Not two strong men the enormous weight could raise,—

Such men as live in these degenerate days.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): The Iliad of Homer. Book v. Line 371.