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A song is a relatively short musical composition. Colloquially, song is often used to refer any music composition, even those without vocals.

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  • It is best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.
  • The best days of the church have always been its singing days.
    • Theodore L. Cuyler, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 554.
  • And heaven had wanted one immortal song.
    • John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel (1681), Part I, line 197.
  • Song opens a window to the secret places of the soul.
    • Habad. quoted in Siegel et al. compilers and eds. (1973) The Jewish Catalogue, p. 211. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America. ISBN 0827600429.
  • Listen to that song, and learn it!
    Half my kingdom would I give,
    As I live,
    If by such songs you would earn it!
  • Now, good Cesario, but that piece of song,
    That old and antique song we heard last night;
    Methought it did relieve my passion much,
    More than light airs and recollected terms
    Of these most brisk and giddy-paced times:
    Come, but one verse.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 732-33.
  • I cannot sing the old songs
    Though well I know the tune,
    Familiar as a cradle-song
    With sleep-compelling croon;
    Yet though I'm filled with music,
    As choirs of summer birds,
    "I cannot sing the old songs"—
    I do not know the words.
  • All this for a song.
    • Burleigh, to Queen Elizabeth (when ordered to give £100 to Spenser).
  • I can not sing the old songs now!
    It is not that I deem them low,
    'Tis that I can't remember how
    They go.
  • A song of hate is a song of Hell;
    Some there be who sing it well.
    Let them sing it loud and long,
    We lift our hearts in a loftier song:
    We lift our hearts to Heaven above,
    Singing the glory of her we love,
    England.
  • Verse sweetens toil, however rude the sound;
    She feels no biting pang the while she sings,
    Nor as she turns the giddy wheel around,
    Revolves the sad vicissitudes of things.
    • Richard Gifford, Contemplation. Samuel Johnson altered the second line to: "All at her work the village maiden sings"; and in the third line substituted "while for "as".
  • He play'd an ancient ditty long since mute,
    In Provence call'd, "La belle dame sans merci."
    • John Keats, The Eve of St. Agnes, Stanza 33. "La Belle Dame, sans Merci" is a poem by Alain Chartier. Attributed to Jean Marot by M. Paulin—Manuscript Français, VII. 252. In Harleian Manuscript, 373, a translation is attributed to Sir Richard Ros.
  • We are tenting tonight on the old camp ground,
    Give us a song to cheer.
  • In the ink of our sweat we will find it yet,
    The song that is fit for men!
  • The song on its mighty pinions
    Took every living soul, and lifted it gently to heaven.
  • Such songs have power to quiet
    The restless pulse of care,
    And come like the benediction
    That follows after prayer.
  • And grant that when I face the grisly Thing,
    My song may trumpet down the gray Perhaps
    Let me be as a tune-swept fiddlestring
    That feels the Master Melody—and snaps.
  • She makes her hand hard with labour, and her heart soft with pity: and when winter evenings fall early (sitting at her merry wheel), she sings a defiance to the giddy wheel of fortune … and fears no manner of ill because she means none.
  • I think, whatever mortals crave,
    With impotent endeavor,
    A wreath—a rank—a throne—a grave—
    The world goes round forever;
    I think that life is not too long,
    And therefore I determine,
    That many people read a song,
    Who will not read a sermon.
  • Odds life! must one swear to the truth of a song?
  • Etiam singulorum fatigatio quamlibet se rudi modulatione solatur.
    • Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
    • Quintilian, De Institutione Oratoria, I. 81.
  • Builders, raise the ceiling high,
    Raise the dome into the sky,
    Hear the wedding song!
    For the happy groom is near,
    Tall as Mars, and statelier,
    Hear the wedding song!
    • Sappho, Fragments. J. S. Easby Smith's translation.
  • Knitting and withal singing, and it seemed that her voice comforted her hands to work.
  • Because the gift of Song was chiefly lent,
    To give consoling music for the joys
    We lack, and not for those which we possess.
  • They sang of love and not of fame;
    Forgot was Britain's glory;
    Each heart recalled a different name,
    But all sang "Annie Laurie."
  • Cantilenam eandem canis.
    • You sing the same old song.
    • Terence, Phormio, III. 2. 10.
  • Cicala to cicala is dear, and ant to ant, and hawks to hawks, but to me the muse and song.
    • Theocritus, Idyl, IX. Translation by Andrew Lang, Stanza 2.
  • Grasshopper to grasshopper, ant to ant is dear,
    Hawks love hawks, but I the muse and song.
    • Theocritus, Idyl, IX. Translation by Maurice Thompson.
  • Swift, swift, and bring with you
    Song's Indian summer!
  • Martem accendere cantu.
    • To kindle war by song.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), VI. 165.
  • Soft words, with nothing in them, make a song.
  • A careless song, with a little nonsense in it now and then, does not mis-become a monarch.
  • Bring the good old bugle, boys! we'll sing another song—
    Sing it with a spirit that will start the world along—
    Sing it as we used to sing it, fifty thousand strong,
    While we were marching through Georgia.

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