His rod was a tough stalk of grass, his line was a fine long white horse-hair, and he tied a little wriggling worm
at the end.
One morning, as the flowers awoke, Fragrant, and fresh, and fair, A little worm
came creeping by, And begged a shelter there.
did nothing except fall off his pony, and knock chips out of gate-posts with his trap.
She has seen that the tears are not dry on These cheeks, where the worm
never dies, And has come past the stars of the Lion, To point us the path to the skies -- To the Lethean peace of the skies -- Come up, in despite of the Lion, To shine on us with her bright eyes -- Come up, through the lair of the Lion, With love in her luminous eyes.
In Mercian tongue it was 'The Lair of the White Worm
He was forbidden to look at a book, and as that was the one thing he most delighted in, it was a terrible affliction to the Worm
On being plucked up, a great worm
is found to be its root, and as the tree groweth in greatness, so doth the worm
diminish, and as soon as the worm
is entirely turned into a tree it rooteth in the earth, and so becomes great.
To the door of this, the twelfth house whose bell he had rung, came a housekeeper who made him think of an unwholesome, surfeited worm
that had eaten its nut to a hollow shell and now sought to fill the vacancy with edible lodgers.
His connection with Madame Karenina, by creating so much sensation and attracting general attention, had given him a fresh distinction which soothed his gnawing worm
of ambition for a while, but a week before that worm
had been roused up again with fresh force.
I saw how the fine form of man was degraded and wasted; I beheld the corruption of death succeed to the blooming cheek of life; I saw how the worm
inherited the wonders of the eye and brain.
That, the fortunes of his brother and comrade, and of himself were evidently made, inasmuch as they had but to put their price upon this document, and get that price from the minion of fortune and the worm
of the hour: who now appeared to be less of a minion and more of a worm
than had been previously supposed.
There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,--when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms
struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.