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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Visions
 
  Circa beatitudinem perfectam, quæ in Dei visione consistit.
  Concerning perfect blessedness which consists in a vision of God.
        Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologie. Probably the origin of the phrase “beatific vision.”
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And like a passing thought, she fled
In light away.
        BurnsThe Vision. Last lines.
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The people’s prayer, the glad diviner’s theme!
The young men’s vision, and the old men’s dream!
        Dryden—Absalom and Achitophel. Pt. I. L. 238.
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So little distant dangers seem:
So we mistake the future’s face,
Ey’d thro’ Hope’s deluding glass;
As yon summits soft and fair,
Clad in colours of the air,
Which to those who journey near,
Barren, brown, and rough appear.
        Dyer—Gronger Hill. L. 884.
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Visions of glory, spare my aching sight!
Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my soul.
        Gray—The Bard. III. 1. L. 11.
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I wonder if ever a song was sung but the singer’s heart sang sweeter!
I wonder if ever a rhyme was rung but the thought surpassed the meter!
I wonder if ever a sculptor wrought till the cold stone echoed his ardent thought!
Or, if ever a painter with light and shade the dream of his inmost heart portrayed!
        James C. Harvey—Incompleteness.
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I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes.
        Hosea. XII. 10.
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Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel, writing in a book of gold;
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said—
“What writest thou?” The Vision raised its head,
And, with a look made all of sweet accord,
Answered, “The names of those who love the Lord.”
        Leigh Hunt—Abou Ben Adhem and the Angel.
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  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
        Joel. II. 28. Acts. II. 17.
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It is a dream, sweet child! a waking dream,
A blissful certainty, a vision bright,
Of that rare happiness, which even on earth
Heaven gives to those it loves.
        Longfellow—Spanish Student. Act III. Sc. 5.
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An angel stood and met my gaze,
  Through the low doorway of my tent;
The tent is struck, the vision stays;
  I only know she came and went.
        Lowell—She Came and Went.
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Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimæras dire.
        MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. II. L. 628.
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O visions ill foreseen! Better had I
Liv’d ignorant of future, so had borne
My part of evil only.
        MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. XI. L. 763.
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My thoughts by night are often filled
  With visions false as fair:
For in the past alone, I build
  My castles in the air.
        Thos. Love Peacock—Castles in the Air. St. 1.
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Hence the fool’s paradise, the statesman’s scheme,
The air-built castle, and the golden dream,
The maid’s romantic wish, the chemist’s flame,
And poet’s vision of eternal fame.
        Pope—Dunciad. Bk. III. L. 9.
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Where there is no vision, the people perish.
        Proverbs. XXIX. 18.
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Hence, dear delusion, sweet enchantment hence!
        Horace and James Smith—Rejected Addresses. An Address without a Phœnix. By “S.T.P.” (Not an imitation. Initials used to puzzle critics.)
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Our revels now are ended. These, our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind.
        Tempest. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 148.
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But shapes that come not at an earthly call,
Will not depart when mortal voices bid.
        WordsworthDion. V.
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Fond man! the vision of a moment made!
Dream of a dream! and shadow of a shade!
        Young—Paraphrase on Part of the Book of Job. L. 187. Shadow of a shade is found in the prologue of Nobody and Somebody, a play acted by the servants of Queen Elizabeth. Not the shadow of the shade of history said by Paul Bourget—On Cœur de Femme. P. 186. (Ed. 1890).
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