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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
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And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear.
        St. Luke, Chap. xxi. Verses 25, 26.
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The sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light; and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
        St. Matthew, Chap. xxiv. Ver. 29.
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The goats ran from the mountains, and the herds
Were strangely clamorous, to the frighted fields.
        Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part I. Act III. Scene 3. (Glendower to Hotspur.)
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        At my nativity,
The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes,
Of burning cressets; and, at my birth,
The frame and huge foundation of the earth
Shaked like a coward.
        Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part I. Act III. Scene 1. (Glendower to Hotspur.)
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  [There was a blow as if all the artillery in the world had been discharged at once; the sea retired from the town above two miles; the birds flew about astonished; the cattle in the fields ran crying.—Malone’s Note on the above passage.]  5
Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night!
Comets, importing change of times and states,
Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky;
And with them scourge the bad revolting stars,
That have consented unto Henry’s death!
        Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part I. Act I. Scene 1. (Bedford in the Abbey.)
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