— John Donne English poet 1572 - 1631
Source: The Complete English Poems
— Sarah Helen Whitman United States poet 1803 - 1878
Moonrise in May.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
Source: The Seasons (1726-1730), Summer (1727), l. 1002.
„Our life is but a dark and stormy night,
To which sense yields a weak and glimmering light,
While wandering Man thinks he discerneth all
By that which makes him but mistake and fall.“
— Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury Anglo-Welsh soldier, diplomat, historian, poet and religious philosopher 1583 - 1648
"To his Mistress for her True Picture", line 49
„It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.“
Probably the most parodied and ridiculed opening line in literature. It is the inspiration for a satirical prize, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Used by Charles M. Schultz in the Peanuts cartoons.
Paul Clifford (1830)
„"Now who be ye would cross Lochgyle,
This dark and stormy water?"
"O I'm the chief of Ulva's isle,
And this, Lord Ullin's daughter.“
— Thomas Campbell British writer 1777 - 1844
Lord Ullin's Daughter
„Into the dark night
Resignedly I go,
I am not so afraid of the dark night
As the friends I do not know,
I do not fear the night above
As I fear the friends below.“
— Stevie Smith poet, novelist, illustrator, performer 1902 - 1971
Source: Selected Poems
Source: Volkhavaar (1977), Chapter 7 (p. 69)
— Raymond Chandler Novelist, screenwriter 1888 - 1959
Stray Birds (1916)
— Gu Cheng Chinese poet 1956 - 1993
"A Generation" [Yidai ren]
„It looked as if a night of dark intent was coming, and not only a night, an age. Someone had better be prepared for rage…“
— Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
" Once by the Pacific http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/once-by-the-pacific-2/" (1928)
Context: You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
The cliff in being backed by continent;
It looked as if a night of dark intent
Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
Someone had better be prepared for rage.
There would be more than ocean-water broken
Before God's last Put out the Light was spoken.
— N. Scott Momaday American author 1934
— Ed Harcourt British musician 1977
I'am The Drug.