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Famous quotes containing the word powers:

    The Powers whose name and shape no living creature knows
    Have pulled the Immortal Rose;
    And though the Seven Lights bowed in their dance and wept,
    The Polar Dragon slept,
    His heavy rings uncoiled from glimmering deep to deep....
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    My Vanquisher, spoild of his vanted spoile;
    Death his deaths wound shall then receive, & stoop
    *nglorious, of his mortall sting disarm’d.
    I through the ample Air in Triumph high
    Shall lead Hell Captive maugre Hell, and show
    The powers of darkness bound. Thou at the sight
    Pleas’d, out of Heaven shalt look down and smile,
    John Milton (1608–1674)

    For human nature, being more highly pitched, selved, and distinctive than anything in the world, can have been developed, evolved, condensed, from the vastness of the world not anyhow or by the working of common powers but only by one of finer or higher pitch and determination than itself.
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)