Phrases with "ancient"

Samuel Johnson I clambered with Mr. Boswell among the ruins, which afford striking images of ancient life. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Oscar Wilde It is something that has dwelt in fearful places, and in ancient sepulchres has made its abode. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Samuel Johnson The ancient proceleusmatick song, by which the rowers of gallies were animated, may be supposed to have been of this kind. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Rudyard Kipling Beetle choked aloud on the sudden knowledge that King was the ancient and eternal Chucks — later Count Shucksen — of Peter Simple. He had not realised it before. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

John Lewis Burckhard This is certainly one of the most ancient quarters of the town. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Edgar Allan Poe Body o’ me! what an inn this is! The light out and the landlord asleep! Hola! ancient Baltasar! BALTASAR. [waking]. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Sir Walter Scott His sister, Miss Rachel Waverley, presided at his table; and they became, by degrees, an old bachelor and an ancient maiden lady, the gentlest and kindest of the votaries of celibacy. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Walter Scott There hung the ancient family picture, which, from some odd mysterious expressions of his uncle relating to it, had become to his boyhood, nay, his early youth, a subject of curiosity and of fear. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Ulloa notices the extensive ruins of brick, which mark the probable site of the temple of Pachacamac, attesting by their present appearance its ancient magnificence and strength. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

It was an ancient muzzle-loader, and perhaps for the reason that he had not used it for some considerable time, he made the mistake of giving each barrel a double charge. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Wilkie Collins Knowing the Count by name only, as belonging to an ancient family in Provence or in Languedoc, Monsieur Héraultordered him to be shown in. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Marjorie Bowen The enormous iron stove bore the date of 1616; a little beyond this, in the corner, was a narrow door the upper part of which was composed of squares of ancient glass, heavily leaded. The Grey Chamber by Marjorie Bowen

Laurence Sterne An ancient gentleman came slowly, and after him a young smart one. A Mystery with a Moral by Laurence Sterne

Sinclair Lewis But the scene should have been an ancient castle at midnight, terrible with wind and lightning, for suddenly they were not bright nor cheery, but black with tragedy. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Benjamin Disraeli The gentleman from the British Museum made some remarks on the mode in which the ancient Egyptians moved masses of granite, and quoted Herodotus to the civil engineer. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Charles Kingsley Who knows not the woes of ancient coast-guard lieutenants? But as it befell, Elsley Vavasour was justly punished for going home, by losing the most “poetical” incident of the whole night. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Leon Trotsky The realschule differed from the gymnasium in the absence from its curriculum of ancient languages and in its broader course in mathematics, natural sciences and modern languages. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Each of them had a platter and a mug, and two ancient crones were acting as servitors, carrying food and drink from the table to the feasters. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arthur Morrison But first, as to the “Mirror of Portugal.” This was a diamond of much and ancient fame. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Carlyle So much of truth, only under an ancient obsolete vesture, but the spirit of it still true, do I find in the Paganism of old nations. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

He was arrayed in a splendid dress, regaled with incense, and with a profusion of sweet-scented flowers, of which the ancient Mexicans were as fond as their descendants of the present day. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

John Keats That ancient Beadsman heard the prelude soft; And so it chanc’d, for many a door was wide, From hurry to and fro. The Eve of St. Agnes by John Keats

It is an ancient derelict that has been in the laboratory as long as I have known the place. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

H. G. Wells For the matter of that, they had them in ancient Egypt. But flying —” “True,” said Lincoln. “Though our dancers —” “They can afford to wait,” said Graham; “they can afford to wait. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle To the right of this stood, and stands to this day, an ancient barrow, or burying mound, covered deeply in a bristle of heather and bracken. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Edith Wharton A big bed of embers still gleamed in the kitchen chimney, under an iron pot hung from an ancient crane. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Andrew Lang Entries of burials in ancient times often contained some biographical information about the deceased. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

A triangle of green filled the intervening space, and in it stood an ancient wooden pump. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

I challenged her, and she quoted the Brabants, about whom there had been an ancient scandal. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Mr. O’Reilly in the last chair grunted and swore musically in ancient Gaelic as a razor bit into his cheek. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charles Kingsley They are the remains of a double line; an avenue of stones, which has formed part of an ancient British temple. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Nathaniel Hawthorne It is a question of speculative interest, whether the ancient Romans were as unclean a people as we everywhere find those who have succeeded them. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

The Hydropathic omnibuses began to roll up and discharge new guests, and they were followed by several taxi-cabs and one ancient four-wheeler. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I climb a hill and gain a fine view of the Court, with its picturesque outline and stacks of ancient chimneys clearly defined against the background of dark-green hills. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

The chateau had resumed its ancient splendour. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

The ancient black supported his tottering and feeble steps upon the rough limb of a tree. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Radclyffe Hall In the garden of the villa the orange trees flowered, and the little arbour that looked over the sea was covered by an ancient wistaria vine whose mighty trunk was as thick as three saplings. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

George Meredith There is comfort in exercise, even for an ancient creature such as I am. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Her locks an ancient lady gave Her loving husband’s life to save; And men — they honored so the dame — Upon some stars bestowed her name. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Thomas Wolfe The mincing airs and graces of such a fellow, his antics and his gibes, the spicy sting of his feminine and envenomed wit, were the exact counterparts of the malicious quips of ancient clowns. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Richard Burton Pilgrimaging Moslems are here shown the tomb of Al-nabi Daniyal (Daniel the Prophet), discovered upon a spot where the late Sultan Mahmud dreamed that he saw an ancient man at prayer. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

H. Rider Haggard But they worship an ancient stone statue fashioned like a dwarf, and to him they offer the blood of men. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

In ancient Indian Vedaic mythology the apsaras were heavenly damsels who dwelt in the tether, between earth and sun. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

George Meredith Hey! what a queer old ancient he is. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

M. P. Shiel And let me tell you, sir, that in marrying her you marry no farmer’s daughter, but a lady of ancient lineage and high race —” “Ah, I thought there was some mystery —” “Not much mystery. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Nathaniel Hawthorne So he crammed a great silver watch into his fob, and drew on a patchwork morning-gown of an ancient fashion. The Dolliver Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1876]

Francis Bacon For as to hieroglyphics (things of ancient use and embraced chiefly by the Egyptians, one of the most ancient nations), they are but as continued impresses and emblems. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Arthur Machen But Mr. Carver banked at Tellson’s, and the ancient should have known better. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Thither in haste all Greece, one armed people assembling, Flock'd on an ancient day, left the recesses of home, Lest in a safe content, unreach'd, his stolen adultress. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Walter Scott Those with which I was most struck were the ruins of an ancient castle in which that Elizabeth-chamber, as you call it, once existed. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Sponge-soft, slimy, and water-soaked, it might have been riven from some ancient wreck, lain lost for ages in the black ooze at sea-bottom. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Ralph Waldo Emerson The conservative party established the reverend hierarchies and monarchies of the most ancient world. The Conservative by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

George MacDonald An ancient woman in the village had told him a legend concerning a Mr. Raven, long time librarian to “that Sir Upward whose portrait hangs there among the books. Lilith by George MacDonald

Edith Wharton In the pallor of the waning night the ancient monuments of his race stood up mournful and deserted as a line of tombs. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

As I have remarked, they are of ancient strain, and they still conserve the instincts of their predecessors, or their forefathers, the old mining race. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Theodore Dreiser Her head had some of the sharpness of the old Greek coinage, and her hair was plaited as in ancient cut stone. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Evidence of Mannhardt and Frazer. Existing Continental customs recognized as survivals of ancient beliefs. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

David Hume After many confusions and revolutions, the royal family was at last restored, and the ancient government reestablished. Of the Parties of Great Britain by David Hume

William Makepeace Thackeray And he passed into the cloister, and then into the garden where lie the ancient dead. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

What he needed in his central character was, a heart with a capacity for the wrath of Hebrew prophets applied to ancient abuses, and for evangelic pity applied to the sufferings of nations. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

The thing was brilliantly staged—the dim library at Castle Gay, and the robust and bright-eyed sage scintillating among its ancient shadows. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Anthony Trollope When Lady Mason tells her ancient lover that she did forge the will, the plot of Orley Farm has unravelled itself — and this she does in the middle of the tale. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Algernon Blackwood This woman, so humbly placed in life today, rose clearer and clearer before me as the soul that Julius claimed to be of ancient lineage. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Previously to this he had been writing verses and imitating ancient poems under the name of Thomas Rowley, whom he feigned to be a monk of the 15th century. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

For the time being the best the ancient river has to show — the quintessence of the season, superb October — shall be ours. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Robert Green Ingersoll They venerate the ancient because it is ancient. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Some of these towns are so undermined by ancient workings that the ground is constantly subsiding and the houses above slip sideways. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

About what happened next he was never quite clear, but he felt himself swung by strong arms into the ancient Ford. Through the folds of the scarf he heard its protesting start. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

But now there is an end of this and many other stupid oppressions; and the time-honored University will doubtless regain its ancient importance. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Now, in ancient Greece, women were secluded from the society of men. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

It was the city beloved of the Sun; where his worship was maintained in its splendor; “where every fountain, pathway, and wall,” says an ancient chronicler, “was regarded as a holy mystery. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Henry James There was a high wall with a double gate in the middle and flanked by a couple of ancient massive posts; the big rusty grille bristled with old-fashioned iron-work. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

It is quite as legitimately used to denote the literature of ancient times, in contradistinction to the modern. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Helena had long loved Bertram, yet she always remembered that he was the Count of Rousillon, descended from the most ancient family in France. She of humble birth. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Here was that ancient worthy left to the tender mercies of the people he most detested on earth. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Benjamin Disraeli The building formed the farthest side of a quadrangle, which you entered through an ancient and massy gate; on each side of which was a small building, of course the lodges. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Meredith She heard of Italy as of a distant place, known to her in ancient years. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald That afternoon Clark’s ancient Ford had slowed up beside Jim, who was on the sidewalk and, out of a clear sky, Clark invited him to a party at the country club. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The ancient prototype and forerunner of political influence. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

The ancient philosophies were of two kinds — exoteric, those that the philosophers themselves could partly understand, and esoteric, those that nobody could understand. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Marjorie Bowen The ancient jeweller was seated on a southern terrace that received the faint and fitful rays of the September sun. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

Washington Irving Was ever peaceable and retired conqueror in a more uncomfortable predicament? While Aben Habuz was harassed by these perplexities and molestations, an ancient Arabian physician arrived at his court. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Samuel Johnson With him we went to see an ancient building, called a dun or borough. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Thomas Hardy It was an ancient edifice of the fifteenth century, once a palace, now a training-school, with mullioned and transomed windows, and a courtyard in front shut in from the road by a wall. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Her victory was announced by an unusual tranquillity and gladness of soul which followed the relinquishing of my ancient and latterly tormenting studies. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Percy Bysshe Shelley The history of ancient Greece is the study of legislators, philosophers, and poets; it is the history of men, compared with the history of titles. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Edmund Burke In the calling of the States–General of France, the first thing that struck me was a great departure from the ancient course. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Mark Twain It casts its shadow from the most ancient pillar in Venice, in the Grand Square of St. Mark, upon the throngs of free citizens below, and has so done for many a long century. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Not less the clamor, than if — ancient Tyre, Or the new Carthage, set by foes on fire — The rolling ruin, with their lov’d abodes, Involv’d the blazing temples of their gods. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Sinclair Lewis Down a grim street of coal yards, they found a public square, and here was the stillness not of sleep but of ancient death. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Gothic fiction had much to say of melancholy birds that circled portentously over ancient castles filled with gloom and ghosts, but they were generic and not individual specimens. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Thomas Hardy Here was a heaven, fixed and ancient as the northern; yet it had never appeared above the Welland hills since they were heaved up from beneath. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Walter Scott It is well known that the weddings of ancient days were celebrated with a festive publicity rejected by the delicacy of modern times. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Henry Adams Beyond two or three Greek plays, the student got nothing from the ancient languages. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Abraham Merri Intoning words more ancient than I had ever known. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

H.P. Lovecraft Birch heeded this advice all the rest of his life till he told me his story; and when I saw the scarsancient and whitened as they then were — I agreed that he was wise in so doing. In the Vault by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Science is the organised conquest of Nature, and I can quite understand that ancient libertine refusing to co-operate in her own undoing. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Gertrude Stein A canister that is the remains of furniture and a looking-glass and a bed-room and a larger size, all the stand is shouted and what is ancient is practical. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

H. G. Wells The grocer was dimly visible within, with an ancient fowling-piece in hand, watching its endeavours. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

The three narrow islands of pews stretched barely half-way down the nave, and beyond them were great wastes of bare stone floor in which a few worn inscriptions marked the sites of ancient graves. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Hers was a hero, destin’d to command A martial race, and rule the Latian land, Who should his ancient line from Teucer draw, And on the conquer’d world impose the law. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Mark Twain We took the cars and came up here to ancient Cairo, which is an Oriental city and of the completest pattern. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

On these points my ancient mariner is tolerably clear. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Avoiding the bigger hotels, she went to a small one she came across in an obscure street, where she lunched alone, except for one old lady in a dark corner, attended by an ancient waiter. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

The children were a rich brown pink apparently all over, and the ancient Miss Jones was a jet-beaded mass of bridling gratitude and self-importance. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Andrew Lang He had no “painful anxiety,” like the supposed Ionic continuators of the Achaean poems (when they are not said to have done precisely the reverse), to preserve harmony of ancient ideas. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton For ancient Calvinism and modern Evolutionism are essentially the same things. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Nearer to us, north-westerly, and stretching nearly to west, lay the dry, irregular, and broken expanse of an ancient lake bed. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

G. K. Chesterton Any poetaster can describe a thunderstorm; it requires a poet to describe the ancient and quiet sky. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A sort of awe descended upon the half-dozen women marketing and upon the gray-haired ancient who in cap and apron was slicing chicken. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

D. H. Lawrence The Sicilian is much too old in our culture to swallow Socialism whole: much too ancient and rusé not to be sophisticated about any and every belief. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

This race is “entirely different from any other, ancient or modern, that we have heard of. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Well! well! you shall to bed without paying the usual toll; and oh, but ’tis sweet to fall in with a young man who can withstand these ancient ill customs, and gainsay brazen hussies. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

D. H. Lawrence When she appeared in the doorway, Tilly, ancient but still in authority, would crane her skinny neck to see who it was. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Then an ancient waiter hobbled up to him and explained that coffee was not quite ready. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

The ancient black ate but very little himself, continually passing all that was handed to him over to our exile, who thought matters now began to look a little better. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

James Joyce But let us bear it as was the ancient wont. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

For myself I have nothing against the Prince. He represents our ancient line of kings, and he is young, and he is well spoken of, though I have never met him. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

He lived in an ancient house on the Giudecca, and there I found him—a grave, stately old man, with a grizzled beard reaching nearly to his waist. The Story of Salome by Amelia B. Edwards

Rudyard Kipling Across the lawn — the marshalled woods besieged it on three sides — stood an ancient house of lichened and weather-worn stone, with mullioned windows and roofs of rose-red tile. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

As Leake well knew, the latter is “a name which is often indiscriminately applied by the Arabs to ancient ruins. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

D.H. Lawrence But on the rock at the foot of the post was the fallen Christ, armless, who had tumbled down and lay in an unnatural posture, the naked, ancient wooden sculpture of the body on the naked, living rock. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Inside were folds of ancient pasture, with here and there a thorn-bush, falling to rose gardens and, on one side, to the smooth sward of a terrace above a tiny lake. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

Sir Walter Scott The broken path which they pursued with some difficulty, was in some places shaded by ancient birches and oak-trees, and in others overhung by fragments of huge rock. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

H.P. Lovecraft Some of them were bits of ancient folklore; others were case histories in the annals of medicine; one or two were anecdotes obscurely buried in standard histories. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Now neither L. nor the Writer desired to become the happy proprietor of an ancient Egyptian; but the papyrus was a thing to be thought of. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Nothing could be more marked than the contrast between the two men, though their features followed the same lines, and the hereditary mark of an ancient race was stamped indelibly on each. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Henry James The shawl was an ancient much-used fabric of embroidered cashmere, such as many ladies wore forty years ago in their walks abroad and such as no lady wears today. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

D.H. Lawrence Vera retired early, soon to be followed by Allport and Holiday. At half past ten Mr. MacWhirter came in with his ancient volume. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

In the afternoon I took Haraldsen to visit the keep of Hardriding ten miles off, an ancient tooth of masonry on a crag by a burn. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

D. H. Lawrence An ancient man in the black-and-white costume comes out of a hovel of a cottage. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

The distance from the sea is now a little over three miles — in ancient days it may have been much less. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Mark Twain I suppose that ancient Greece and modern Greece compared, furnish the most extravagant contrast to be found in history. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Gissing How can you speak of ancient and mediaeval states? Neither in Greece nor in Italy was there ever what we understand by a democracy. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

H. G. Wells The ancient rarity of gold upon which the entire system rested was gone. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The scene was not less characteristic when their path led the two wanderers through some small, ancient town. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Anthony Trollope We have now to deal with an ancient and noble family, of which my client, the present Earl Lovel, is at this time the head and chief. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

An ancient serving-man and a barefoot maid brought in the materials for supper, and the two troopers fell on the viands like famished crows. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Walter Scott Some thought it was the signal of general hospitality, which, in ancient times, guided the wandering knight, or the weary pilgrim, to rest and refreshment. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Mark Twain The water streams through faucets in the face of a wall of ancient masonry which stands removed from the houses of the village. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Henry David Thoreau When other birds are still, the screech owls take up the strain, like mourning women their ancient u-lu-lu. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Algernon Blackwood Her soul was searching among ancient things. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Daniel Defoe In this, to ancient Israel well compared, Eternal murmurs are among them heard. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

Rudyard Kipling Those ancient prophets an’ martyrs haven’t got much on me in the things a Democracy hands you if you don’t see eye to eye with it. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

John Morley Nothing was so certain to command his fervid sympathy as strict adherence to the rules and ceremonies of an ancient and sacred ordering. Burke by John Morley [1879]

G. K. Chesterton Where Ind’s enamelled peaks arise Around that inmost one, Where ancient eagles on its brink, Vast as archangels, gather and drink The sacrament of the sun. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Rudyard Kipling He was as happy as a gipsy with a stolen pony, and the front part of his gold coat, all blood and grass stains, looked like ancient sacrifices. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Jack London They saw him with the eyes of their ancestors, and by their inherited memory they knew White Fang for the wolf, and they remembered the ancient feud. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

He stood and saw another flash dart its bright, brief, and malignant glance over the ruins of ancient power, and the luxuriance of recent fertility. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Thomas Wolfe His head was crowned with an ancient football helmet, the straps securely fastened underneath his heavy jowls. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

She rented an empty monastery on the slopes of Mount Lebanon, not far from Sayda (the ancient Sidon), and took up her abode there. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

They took their ancient name of Feine, the modern Fenian, from him. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Isabella Bird In two are rude and ancient tombs of ancient bishops, plain blocks of stone, with crosses upon them. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

But Gaslark seized his hand, saying, “Our ancient love and your oft succouring of Goblinland in days gone by make this my quarrel. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Sinclair Lewis This ancient opponent seemed likely to be her most intimate friend, for Vida Sherwin, though she was cordial, stood back and watched for imported heresies. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith An ancient Hermitage has the light of the antique; the merit that it can grow to an extreme old age; a merit. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

All that is ancient history; everything has changed. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Interest and duty, fortunately, now lay on the same side; and the ancient sentiment of loyalty, smothered for a time, but not extinguished, revived in the breasts of the people. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Charles Dickens An ancient sun-dial on the belfry wall was nearly hidden by the snow-drift, and scarcely to be known for what it was. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

There are many ladies, ancient and recent, who are perpetually taking remedies for irremediable pains and aches. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

He sang an ancient song of Killisnook and brandished his whip like a baton. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Francis Bacon How much more, to behold an ancient noble family, which has stood against the waves and weathers of time! For new nobility is but the act of power, but ancient nobility is the act of time. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Andrew Lang No! the fetich-stones of Greece were those which occupied the holy of holies of the most ancient temples, the mysterious fanes within dark cedar or cypress groves, to which men were hardly admitted. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott Whether this be ancient or modern, I know not; but as it is singular in its kind I have thought fit to exhibit it. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

We feel the difference between a modern Venus and an ancient one. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Benjamin Disraeli Relieved from anxiety, St. Barbe resumed his ancient and natural vein. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Washington Irving There are several ancient monuments of nobility and gentry, over some of which hang funeral escutcheons, and banners dropping piecemeal from the walls. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

They unify us, and put a stop to ancient mental interferences. Memories and Studies by William James

Algernon Blackwood Portions of my being stirred that had never stirred before, and things ancient and inexplicable rose to the surface and beckoned me to follow. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

These men are not the “pauper descendants of the wealthy Midianites; they cannot boast of ancient race or of noble blood; and their speech differs in nothing from that of the Arabs around them. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Mark Twain It is a bell tower, and in its top hangs a chime of ancient bells. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Why, the Twelve Apostles,” exclaimed Mabel, innocent of irreverence, for she meant certain ancient and fast-decaying oaks so named, “see as much of life as your fine old English gentleman. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Rudyard Kipling The utmost a writer can hope is that there may survive of his work a fraction good enough to be drawn upon later, to uphold or to embellish some ancient truth restated, or some old delight reborn. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

The highest genius cannot afford in our time to forget the ancient precept, Divide et impera. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is then an ancient opinion and one that has come down from old times, but is now augmented by important considerations that the whole earth rotates with a daily revolution in the space of 24 hours. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Radclyffe Hall Martin would pause to examine the thorn trees, ancient thorns that had weathered many a hard winter. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

H. G. Wells They formed three groups of two each and retained the names of ancient suburban hills or villages. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Abraham Merri An ancient road weary beyond belief beneath the tread of uncounted years. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Richard Burton She never, however, as afterwards happened to an ancient dame at Meccah, came and sat by my side. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

David Hume In our writers, we have had some instances which have met with great applause, and might assure our ambitious youth of equal or superior glory in attempts for the revival of ancient eloquence. Of Eloquence. by David Hume

David Hume The ancient orators seem also to have been on their guard against this jealousy of their audience; but they took a different way of eluding it. Of Eloquence. by David Hume

When Adam long ago in Cupid’s awful court (For Cupid ruled ere Adam was invented) Sued for Eve’s favor, says an ancient law report, He stood and pleaded unhabilimented. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Andrew Lang His later work (as the Voyage of Maeldune) shows a just appreciation of ancient Celtic literature. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

A noisome smell seems to be esteemed the most appropriate offering to the memory of ancient Rome, and I am not sure that the moderns are mistaken in this. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

H. P. Lovecraf It is amusing to note that in describing an attempted initiation into the ancient brotherhood the author cannot escape using the stock Gothic castle of Walpolian lineage. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Awhile and Asia crouching Humbly to Egypt's realm added a boundary new; I, in starry return to the ranks dedicated of heaven, Debt of an ancient vow sum in a bounty to-day. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

W. H. Hudson Kakué, he also informed me, was the ancient name of the country, but the word was misspelt Jujuy by the early explorers, and this corrupted name was eventually retained. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Henry James Moreover, the flower of an ancient stem as he was, tradition (since I have used the word) had in his temperament nothing of disagreeable rigidity. The American by Henry James [1877]

H.P. Lovecraft Before we had reached the stone steps, however, the cat darted ahead of me and vanished down the ancient flight. The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

The ancient distractions of the country were permanently healed. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Borrow The fellow with the fiddle plays, he plays; the little lassie sings, she sings an ancient Roman ditty; now hear the Roman ditty. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

D. H. Lawrence Day followed day of rapt silence, whilst she wandered ghost-like in the hushed, ancient mansion, or flitted along the sleeping terraces. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

James Payn And now I see him storm-tossed in the sea of sin, certain to sink, without a plank but this poor ancient love of his to which to cling, and yet I may not stretch a finger forth to aid him. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Sinclair Lewis He pictured Harvard and Yale and Princeton as ancient groves set with marble temples, before which large groups of Grecian youths talked gently about astronomy and good government. Young Man Axelbrod by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis Men and women must expect nothing, nothing whatever, from each other as of vested right (but that was an ancient battle, too, though still as little won as when Ibsen was new and shocking). The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells And spite of their inclination towards the ancient fashion of living, neither Elizabeth nor Denton had been sufficiently original to escape the suggestion of their surroundings. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Jules Verne Trophies of blunderbuses, matchlocks, arquebuses, carbines, all kinds of firearms, ancient and modern, were picturesquely interlaced against the walls. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle He spoke of ancient Peruvian civilization, and I kept well abreast of him. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

John Lewis Burckhard On the east side, upon a hill over the cataract, are some brick ruins; and, on the west side, are similar ruins, with an ancient temple on the top of the hill. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

She was as much at a loss to conceive how any good could come out of that Nazareth of her abhorrence, as an ancient geographer would have been to have pointed out America in a classical map. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]