Fresh things to say (but not sing!) about 'Stormy Weather'

Fresh things to say (but not sing!) about 'Stormy Weather'

When I saw last night's stormy weather forecasts, I nearly broke out into a song about them. (Don't know whyyyy I didn't. That's a hint.)

But I didn't sing. I wanted something different to say about stormy weather, so I did what comes naturally when I want a great quotation: I went browsing through Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.

This time, what I found wasn't familiar at all, but so much the better when I wanted to drive something out of my memory. I hope you'll enjoy what I found and share the sensation of having something fresh to talk about as the storms return.

If you worry about sounding too old-fashioned, try quoting Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 18), who wrote in "Tristia" that:

"When fortune smiles you'll have a host of friends,

But they'll desert you when the storm descends."

Or, if you need a morale booster when you're out in the storm, try this from "The Ballad of the 'Bolivar'" (1890) by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936):

"Overloaded, undermanned, meant to founder, we

Euchred God Almighty's storm,

bluffed the Eternal Sea!"

Do you feel both patriotic and rebellious when political news gives way to a stormy weather forecast? Then try this from Thomas Jefferson (1743-1836), who wrote to James Madison on Jan. 30, 1787:

"I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."


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  • May I use 'euchred' in a sentence? Many people who attended so-called Trump University were euchred out of thousands of dollars.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Yes, of course you may use it!

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