Phrases with "oath"

In 1534 he refused the oath which pledged him to approval of the King’s marriage to Anne Boleyn, and for this he was imprisoned in the Tower, and on July 7, 1535, beheaded. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

George Borrow With an oath or two for not having treated him at first like a friend, he said he would soon set me all right; and pulling out two hundred pounds, told me to pay him when I could. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Wilkie Collins On my oath as an honest woman, I failed to see it at the time. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Rudyard Kipling He shall not plead another’s act,  Nor bind him- in another’s oath To weigh the Word above the Fact,  Or make or take excuse for sloth. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Its members are bound by oath to the privacy of their deliberations. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

But there are some things that are stronger than ourselves, Richard, and the oath that I took a year and a-half ago, in the Rue de l’Archevêque, is one of those things. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

I’d take my Bible oath he’s the man. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton Alan Nadoway took the oath and stood gazing at the prosecuting counsel with gloomy composure. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

With an effort he suppressed an oath and pulled his face into a wooden expression. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

George Gissing He has taken an oath never again to speak to you. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

I’ve kept the promise I gave you like an oath to my mother. Prester John by John Buchan

Ralph Waldo Emerson In the Spanish islands, every agent or factor of the Americans, unless he be a consul, has taken oath that he is a Catholic, or has caused a priest to make that declaration for him. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Walter Scott And I heard the oath of deadly resentment and revenge which she muttered in the ear of one, who by his answer will, I judge, be but too ready an executioner of her will. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

M. R. James Att. Was it like Ann Clark’s dress? S. She used to wear just such a dress: but I could not say on my oath it was hers. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

But I am ready to take my oath that it is ordinary spy work. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Mark Twain If the English hadn’t been gallant enough to lower the flag for a few hours one day, she’d have had to break her oath or die up there. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

It was perhaps the only oath of allegiance which John had ever taken. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Sinclair Lewis She had turned flippantly pious, taken a knight’s oath sung to jazz, and after three hard years had become a nurse, well trained, patiently consecrated, and very pert. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle And so he repeated and repeated his oath that this first lesson should be his last, and that from that time forward he would be a sober, hard-working yeoman as his father had been before him. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

William Morris But Ralph said: “Champions, for this oath I thank you all heartily. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Thomas Hardy He has strenuously kept that oath and promise. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Andrew Lang Casuistry, or even law, would have absolved him easily; an oath taken under duresse is of no avail. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

And thiss iss the man who hass taken hiss oath to ruin me. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard The armourers who make them in Zu-vendis bind themselves by oath not to reveal the secret. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle I heard a short struggle below and an oath or two in French. The wounded sergeant had not waited long for his vengeance. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

H. Rider Haggard Then with an oath he strikes — and drives it home with all his strength! From the bed beneath there comes one long sigh and a sound as of limbs trembling against the bed-gear. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle I am surprised, indeed, that you should have fallen away from that allegiance to which you did not only swear yourself, but did administer the oath to so many others. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. Rider Haggard Moreover, such was my bargain with Nam sealed by an oath sworn upon the blood of Aca, an oath that I do not dare to break. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Ivan Turgenev I am ready to take my oath that I only lent him the money. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

You won’t? But Bible oath that’s all it’s worth. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Ann Radcliffe One of the robbers exclaiming with an oath that this was a golden night, bade his comrades dispatch, adding he would go to find Paulo and the lady. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Jules Verne This voyage ended, would he not consent to restore our liberty, under an oath never to reveal his existence? — an oath of honour which we should have religiously kept. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Wilkie Collins I violate no oath (you shall hear why presently) in making my confidence complete by telling you the name of the society to which I belong. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

A requiem mass and an oath of allegiance. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

R. D. Blackmore Then he told all he knew, to the best of his knowledge, and swore to it when sober, accepted a refresher, and made oath to it again, with some lively particulars added. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

At that Valera gave vent to an oath of rage and alarm, clapped his sombrero tightly over his eyes, and followed them on shore with all the speed of which he was capable. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle How could I give it up when it would be to break my oath and to desert my comrades? If you could see how things stand with me you could never ask it of me. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

He would not take an oath that the girl in question was the girl he had seen give evidence, but he was certain in his own mind. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

For of all of us here one has sworn an oath and will keep it, and one claims the Stone for his purposes, and two are unlearned in its way. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

This circumstance drew from Martial an oath worthy of his costume. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope Wid that he tuk an oath thin niver to tell nothin’ of what had passed that night. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Robert Louis Stevenson In spite of their piety, they could twang off an oath with Sir Toby Belch in person. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

He never saw Shaw. Shaw takes his oath he didn’t see him. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

He took the oath and Peter Shearer proceeded to run him quickly through the happenings of the fatal night. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells No oath can hold you that you don’t make of your own free accord. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry Fielding And all this is veritably true, and I will take my oath of it before any justice in the kingdom. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Papa took an oath — did you hear of it?” “What oath? He takes many. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Anthony Trollope Your lordship would have been required to state on oath whether you believed those insinuations or not; and, if so, why you believed them. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

What woman worth having would ever look at him again? This woman business! Perhaps you’d feel differently about it if you were married? But he had taken an oath against marriage long ago. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Finally, with an oath of annoyance, he jerked on his overcoat and hat, and left the house. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

I heard an oath from Belville, a laugh from Raffles, and for a second that was all. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Walter Scott Conrade also presented himself before the altar with boldness enough; but his voice as he took the oath sounded hollow, as if drowned in his helmet. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He took the oath with the air of a novice and leaned over the rail. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Rudyard Kipling An oath from Salem Hardieker,   A shriek upon the stairs, A dance of shadows on the wall,   A knife-thrust unawares — And Hans came down, as cattle drop,   Across the broken chairs. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

George Gissing I have an idea of offering substantial prizes to men and women engaged in sedentary work who take an oath to abstain from all reading, and keep it for a certain number of years. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Rafael Sabatini There he found Razetta, who poured out his denunciation with a volubility marred by frequent sneezings, and Razetta’s servant, who affirmed on oath the truth of his master’s statement. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Isabella Bird Our servants and charvadars are all Moslems, and each of them took an oath on the Koran, administered by a mollah, that he was innocent of the theft. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Mark Twain Then he showed Huckleberry how to make an H and an F, and the oath was complete. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

For an instant the thwarted detective listened for the angry shout or the smothered oath which would naturally follow the discovery by Brotherson of this attempted interference with his privacy. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

And might I be the vassal of any save one knight, to whom I swore an oath that I would own him as my lord, I’d serve you till my death. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

He swore with every variety of oath that I was Gentleman Geordie, and that I had levanted with his winnings. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

He recovered, and with an oath ordered Dodd to go below, or he would have him chucked into the hold. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Meredith My oath on it, she won’t quiver a muscle! Next to my wife, you may take my word for it, Dacier, Diana Warwick is the pick of living women. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

H. Rider Haggard He who swears upon the blood of Aca swears an oath indeed, and woe be to him if he should break it. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne These suckling-pigs were really delicious, and Pencroft was devouring his share with great gusto, when all at once a cry and an oath escaped him. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope Senators and others are to be bound by oath to support the Constitution; but no religious test shall be required as a qualification to any office. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Now, my experience of life pronounces it to be a human necessity to rap out an oath here and there. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Anthony Trollope No one can have exacted an oath from him. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Sworn to be his wife when the house he is building is complete; and the oath was on the graves of the dead; on the graves of the dead!” she repeated. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle The German soldier rapped out a rough jagged oath at this spectacle, and shouldering his way through the roisterers he sprang upon the altar. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Walter Scott I command you to do so, and your oath obliges you to obey. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

He’s not thinking about any Saga oath nowadays. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

She took her dyin’ oath that she didn’t know where Hunk was. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

He took the oath without the slightest trace of nervousness, appearing quite calm and self-possessed, although his face had, perhaps, paled a little. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Anthony Trollope But now the oath had been directed against a female, and the chosen friend of his betrothed. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle They had sworn an oath on all that they thought holy to have his blood as a vengeance for their comrades. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

They might rend me to pieces, but to him the oath was inviolable. Prester John by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope I don’t know what difference an oath makes. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I can only get a License by taking my oath that I marry her with her father’s consent. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

He took an oath to this effect on the night he first brought me home to this house, and fully explained the meaning of that oath to me, though I was quite a child at that time. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Wilkie Collins No mystery, Valeria, in that claret — I’ll take my oath it’s nothing but innocent juice of the grape. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

All who were desirous of entering into the new communion took an oath of poverty, and relinquished their possessions for the general good of the fraternity. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

He let his musket fall with an oath and then sank into the arms of one of the boatmen who extended them to receive him. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

James Anthony Froude He was mated with a companion ‘who could fit him with cursing and swearing, give him oath for oath, and curse for curse. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

H. G. Wells The clerk to the Justices repeated the oath with incredible rapidity. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Thomas Hardy St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Hebrews, says, “An oath for confirmation is an end of all strife. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

James Hogg An oath is an awfu’ thing, especially when it is for life or death. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Thomas Paine The oath of allegiance in America is to the nation only. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Full of sorrow was I, fair queen, thy brows to abandon, Full of sorrow; in oath answer, adorable head. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch He took every oath eagerly, and with a pensive frown I resumed my shaving. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

He held up his right hand and so did Gaudian, like a man taking an oath or a parson blessing his congregation. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Walter Scott They also made oath that they came to do battle in knightly guise, and with the usual weapons, disclaiming the use of spells, charms, or magical devices to incline victory to their side. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Arthur Conan Doyle That is an oath that I can put my hand to my heart and swear that I have never broken. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The chapter is intended to free him from his oath respecting Mary, and to reprove his wives for their conduct. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Anthony Trollope He managed, however, to take the oath early among those who took it, and heard the Queen’s speech read and the Address moved and seconded. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim In a manner, my oath would have been accomplished. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

George Meredith Lord Ormont had struck to fragments that barrier of the conventional oath and ceremonial union. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

So much is perhaps not against my oath . Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle The thing stands thus, sahib, and I tell it to you because I know that an oath is binding upon a Feringhee, and that we may trust you. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Wilkie Collins In two words, sir, if you mean to charge him before the magistrates with attempting your life, I’ll take my Bible oath he did attempt it, and you may call me as your witness. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Thomas Hardy So that an oath sworn here is doubly an oath. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Maria Edgeworth Love could do wonders — as my father knew when he was a young man — perhaps I might bring about her conversion, and then all would be smooth and right, and no oath against it. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Remorse, arising from his conception of the awful nature of an oath before the altar. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope Then he swore a most solemn oath that if he knew anything about his brother Ferdinand he would reveal it. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain I am ready to take my oath of this. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Robert Louis Stevenson I believe these deep duties may lie upon your lordship; I believe you may have laid them on your conscience when you took the oath of the high office which you hold. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson There, an oath having been exacted, the money changed hands. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Love Peacock How well he kept his oath we shall have no opportunity of narrating: Di lui la nostra istoria piu non parla. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

H. G. Wells None. If they put an oath into your mouth it doesn’t matter. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Hope Muttering an oath in my exasperation, I was about to pass on, when an old woman put her head out of the door and looked round. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Sir Walter Scott A round English oath or two, and the burden of a campaign song, convinced him the hamlet also was occupied by the Duke of Cumberland’s soldiers. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Elizabeth Gaskell No lies can break the oath we swore to each other. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

She uttered a mild preliminary oath of endearment and suddenly ceased speaking. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Then all at once something gave, and Raffles swore an oath as soft as any prayer. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Anthony Trollope There was the man in the mask tendering to him the oath upon the cross; and there had been Pat Carroll assuring him of that man’s wrath. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

The oath upon the evangelists was taken in the following manner. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Thomas Hardy I have kept my oath for twenty-one years; and now I can drink with a good conscience. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Gustave Flauber They swore an oath to fight for one another until death. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Sir Richard Burton But after obtaining his every object he falsed his oath and asked for a cord, which she brought to him. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

George Borrow I begged him to tell me how I could requite him for his kindness, whereupon, with the most dreadful oath I ever heard, he bade me come and see him hanged when his time was come. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

I watched Burle closely, and I’ll take my oath that he’s guileless as a child. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

This statement may be doubted; but it is on the authority of Dee himself, who made it on oath before the commissioners appointed by Elizabeth to inquire into his circumstances. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Gissing The barman had forgotten the piece of lemon, and was rewarded with an oath considerably stronger than the occasion seemed to warrant. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

In order not to break his oath he was commanded to strike her with a bundle of palm leaves, giving her a hundred painless blows at once. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

There was an oath from Nathaniel Burke, a shrill cry from Phillip Masterton and immediately they were overwhelmed and the handcuffs were clapped on. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

He was filled with admiration, but soon a frown and then an oath came to put an end to it. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Anthony Trollope Perjure yourself one way you certainly must, av’ you’ve taken such an oath as that, for you’ve sworn many oaths that you would make this Catholic lady your wife. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Jules Verne Jean could not suppress a cry, which awoke Misonne and Vasling. An oath burst from the latter, whose features contracted. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Charles Kingsley Then she accused me of disloyalty in having taken an oath which bound me to the service of another than her. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

She repeated her oath of allegiance, and detailed her plan for escape. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

The present had been accepted, and his face was to be whitened by a dress of honour, provided he made the tobeh, oath of penance, restraining himself from the use of wine for the future. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Hard shall it be for thee to abide the avenging sword of Witchland if thou do him despite, and against thy sworn oath as umpire incline wrongfully to his enemies in this dispute. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

But with whom?” “With her who now, on every occasion, uses the oath you have just uttered. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Louis Stevenson Dalzell was ordered away to the West, the guards round the city were doubled, officers and soldiers were forced to take the oath of allegiance, and all lodgers were commanded to give in their names. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mr. Cannot took the oath with a gravity and decorum which had been lacking in most of those who had preceded him. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Wilkie Collins For the last time I say it — on my honour as a gentleman, on my oath as a Christian, if the man you pointed out at the Opera knows ME, he is so altered, or so disguised, that I do not know him. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

If to Judy telling her would be like taking an oath that they would go, to me it would at least be like assuming sponsorship for their intention. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Anthony Hope A half smothered yet uncontrolled oath broke from one of them. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Anthony Trollope I do not know that a woman is very much the worse because her husband may forget himself on an occasion to ‘rap out an oath at her’, as he would call it when making the best of his own sin. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins An oath burst from his lips, and he struck his fist, in impotent fury, on a table near him. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Anthony Trollope But when you’ve taken the oath we’ve all taken, we’ll be ready then not only to tell you all, but follow you anywhere. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

H. Rider Haggard When this cup was drunk, Asmund rose again, according to custom, and asked if none had an oath to swear as to some deed that should be done. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Andrew Lang All this the poor woman stated on oath at an inquiry before the magistrates, reported in the Buckinghamshire county paper of August 29, 1829. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson After trying him on different topics, it appears that the little German gentleman flounced into a temper, swore an oath or two, and departed from that car in quest of livelier society. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

You yourselves have heard Doctor Summers state on oath that they cannot be identified as the remains of any particular person. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Charles Kingsley I wonder if you are the great Trebooze of Trebooze.” “I say,” yawned the young gentleman, “where’s old Heale?” and an oath followed the speech, as it did every other one herein recorded. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

He turned round with an oath and went off with his two companions; but he’d lost something of his swagger, I thought. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Robert Green Ingersoll Nearly every farmer’s boy took an oath that he never would cultivate the soil. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Faithful fellows, how they love me! Hum! — what an oath was that! — they need not swear so loud — upon the very staircase, too! It detracts from my reputation. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

If I continue to observe this oath and to keep it inviolate, may it be mine to enjoy life and the practice of the Art respected among all men for ever. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

James Payn Others rap out a thunder-clap of an oath or two, which leaves their firmament as serene as ever. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Elizabeth Gaskell And Jennings, the grocer’s shopman — well, he was not quite so bad, but I doubt if I could have got him up to an oath after he heard that Miss Hale flatly denied it. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Meredith He pledges his oath to discover her mother, if alive; if dead, to avenge her. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Did he ever take an oath of fidelity to Lingard? No. Well then — he would not let any interest of that old fool stand between Willems and Willems’ happiness. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Sir Walter Scott I keepit that oath which I took to them; but I made another vow to mysell, that if I lived to see the day of his return I would set him in his father’s seat, if every step was on a dead man. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Victor Hugo In becoming a Mohawk the members took an oath to be hurtful. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

I had had too many opportunities of witnessing the barbarity of his nature to doubt his fulfilling his oath to the very letter. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Thomas Hobbes It appears also that the oath adds nothing to the obligation. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Mad I had called him, and mad I could declare him upon oath if necessary. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Anthony Trollope Another oath will make it all the stronger. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Rudyard Kipling Zuyland took a heavy column and a half, giving approximate lengths and breadths, and the whole list of the crew whom he had sworn on oath to testify to his facts. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Gaston Leroux They had no more than performed this gesture when the general uttered an oath and tried to expel what he had drained so heartily. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

He remembered the oath of vengeance which he had pronounced over Marie-Anne’s lifeless form too well. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Jane Austen I will take my oath he never dropt a syllable of being tired of her, or of wishing to marry Miss Morton, or any thing like it. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Rudyard Kipling So ‘elp me Gawd, I saw an’ ‘eard all these things with my own eyes an’ ears!’ He repeated his oath several times. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

I really couldn’t hardly take my oath he was the same man, and no wonder nobody else couldn’t. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

I cannot tell you how dear she soon became to me, but I had made an oath I would leave her nothing, and I have not broken that oath, dearly as I love her. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Meredith The girl does not care for him one corner of an eye! She stood up before us cool as at a dancing-lesson, swore she had never committed herself to an oath to him, sneered at him. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

They swear by God with their most strenuous oath that hadst Thou ordered them they would surely go forth. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

James Joyce Lynch closed his ears and gave out oath after oath till the dray had passed. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Wilkie Collins I could have taken my oath that I saw Mr. Luker pass something to an elderly gentleman, in a light-coloured paletot. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Jack London The Cockney has one oath, and one oath only, the most indecent in the language, which he uses on any and every occasion. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

George Meredith We conciliated him by calling him captain, and pretending to swear an oath of allegiance. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Also there is something on my mind that I’d like to tell you, Mrs. Gretorex. But I gave my word, I even swore my oath to the doctor not to. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

G. K. Chesterton But lovers lust after constancy more than after happiness; if you are in any sense prepared to give them what they ask, then what they ask, beyond all question, is an oath of final fidelity. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

John Polidori His oath startled him; — was he then to allow this monster to roam, bearing ruin upon his breath, amidst all he held dear, and not avert its progress? His very sister might have been touched by him. The Vampyre by John Polidori

I know nothing: when I know nothing, it is the same as if I had taken an oath not to tell. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

I could take my oath as it were n’t far from this spot I’m standin’ on. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Rudyard Kipling I’m in trouble’—‘Heaven send he’ll listen to me!’ There was something very like an oath from Bessie’s lips. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope He had been convinced that Harry Annesley was a false knave, and had been made to swear an oath that Harry should not be his heir. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Walter Scott The most solemn part of a knight’s oath was to defend “all widows, orphelines, and maidens of gude fame. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

R. D. Blackmore Never an oath did he utter all the way to the landing where his boat was left; and his men, who knew how much that meant, were afraid to do more than just wink at one another. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Meredith I think it bad to check an oath or a sneeze. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Robert Louis Stevenson An elder of the Kirk, nobody had heard an oath upon his lips, save perhaps thrice or so at the sheep-washing, since the chase of his father’s murderers. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith After this, how can he claim her? I paid him all he had to expect with uncle’s money, for his promise by his sacred oath never, never to disturb or come near my sister. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Guy de Maupassant At the loud oath he swore his wife came hurrying into the room, and, guessing what had happened, stripped the bedclothes from him with lightning rapidity. Toine by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Hear, on the other hand, a modern oath, and (what is most remarkable) an oath sworn in the pulpit. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Rudyard Kipling We stretched the three fish on the grass — the eleven and a half, the twelve, and fifteen pounder — and we swore an oath that all who came after should merely be weighed and put back again. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell But her listener said, after a pause, ‘It were a cruel wrong, I grant thee that; but thy oath were a sin, and thy words were evil, my poor lass. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle The fellow burst out into an oath that made my skin pringle. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Guy de Maupassan The young girl’s despair was terrible, and she took an oath never to marry. A Sister’s Confession by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Handel Richardson He knew that she knew; he would have taken his oath on it; and he only had room in his brain for one thought: to prevent her knowing. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling Dick bit back an oath that was hurrying to his lips. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Hope But hot on the sound of the discharge came a shout and an oath from Bernenstein. He was hurled away from the door, and through it burst Rischenheim and the whole score after him. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Anthony Trollope The dreadful word “vulpecide” was heard from various lips with an oath or two before it. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

He would often make men repeated promises, and confirm his promise by an oath or by writing, and then purposely forget all about it, and think that such an action did him credit. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

George Meredith Does my brother want an oath from me? That I can give him. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Charles Dickens This was supposed to make Harold’s oath a great deal more impressive and binding. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Edgar Allan Poe They were dirty papers — very dirty — and Gluck, the printer, would take his Bible oath to their having been printed in Rotterdam. He was mistakenundoubtedly — mistaken. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

With an oath that rings in my ears yet, he lifted his heavy cane and advanced upon me with a bound, only to meet the same fate as his father at the hands of the watchful detectives. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green