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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Apparitions
 
        A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
Shakespeare.    
  1
        So many ghosts, and forms of fright,
Have started from their graves to-night,
They have driven sleep from mine eyes away;
I will go down to the chapel and pray.
Longfellow.    
  2
        Who gather round, and wonder at the tale
Of horrid apparition, tall and ghastly,
That walks at dead of night, or takes his stand
O’er some new-open’d grave; and (strange to tell!)
Evanishes at crowing of the cock.
Blair.    
  3
        Now it is the time of night,
That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth its sprite,
In the church-way paths to glide.
Shakespeare.    
  4
        My people too were scared with eerie sounds,
A footstep, a low throbbing in the walls,
A noise of falling weights that never fell,
Weird whispers, bells that rang without a hand,
Door-handles turn’d when none was at the door,
And bolted doors that open’d of themselves;
And on betwixt the dark and light had seen
Her, bending by the cradle of her babe.
Tennyson.    
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