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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Motes
 
The gay motes that people the sunbeams.
        Milton.—Il Penseroso, Line 8.
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Like motes dependent on the sunny beam.
        Hood.—Midsummer Fairies, Verse 23.
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And dance, as motes in his meridian ray.
        Dr. Young.—Night VIII. Line 1545.
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The whirling motes are seen uprising o’er
The burning sand that glitters on the shore,
Twisting around, across, below, above,
As drawn by some resistless, hidden love:
A fiery column forming in their flight,
And dancing in the beam of broad sun-light.
        Lamartine.—The Revds. Evans and Swift’s transl. of Lamartine’s Poem of Jocelyn.
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