It was surrounded by a triple enclosure; the wire fence, then the hedge of thorny locusts
, then the mulberry hedge which kept out the hot winds of summer and held fast to the protecting snows of winter.
Meanwhile, the locust
kept singing in the great old Pyncheon Elm.
In such a soil grew Homer and Confucius and the rest, and out of such a wilderness comes the Reformer eating locusts
and wild honey.
As when the potent Rod Of AMRAMS Son in EGYPTS evill day Wav'd round the Coast, up call'd a pitchy cloud Of LOCUSTS, warping on the Eastern Wind, That ore the Realm of impious PHAROAH hung Like Night, and darken'd all the Land of NILE: So numberless were those bad Angels seen Hovering on wing under the Cope of Hell 'Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding Fires; Till, as a signal giv'n, th' uplifted Spear Of their great Sultan waving to direct Thir course, in even ballance down they light On the firm brimstone, and fill all the Plain; A multitude, like which the populous North Pour'd never from her frozen loyns, to pass RHENE or the DANAW, when her barbarous Sons Came like a Deluge on the South, and spread Beneath GIBRALTAR to the LYBIAN sands.
This island and all adjoining it are inhabited by hairy savages, who are certain to attack us, and whatever these dwarfs may do we dare not resist, since they swarm like locusts
, and if one of them is killed the rest will fall upon us, and speedily make an end of us.
Our road lay through a wood, where we found the ground covered over with young locusts
, a plague intolerably afflictive in a country so barren of itself.
It was beset by a throng of promoters and stock-jobbers, who fell upon it and upon the public like a swarm of seventeen-year locusts
They saw few or no churches, but the prophet's mansion, the court-house, and the arsenal, blue-brick houses with verandas and porches, surrounded by gardens bordered with acacias, palms, and locusts
flying to a river before the blast of a grass fire--the flame comes on and on till at last it overtakes them and they huddle into the water--even so was the eddying stream of Xanthus filled with the uproar of men and horses, all struggling in confusion before Achilles.
The emigrants from the East to the West invariably passed along the valley of the Mohawk, and swept away the means of subsistence like a swarm of locusts
, Nor were the people on the Flats in a much better condition.
You boil it in sawdust: you salt it in glue: You condense it with locusts
and tape: Still keeping one principal object in view-- To preserve its symmetrical shape.
A flight of this kind, like an Egyptian flight of locusts
, devours everything that serves for its food as it passes along.
Verily," sighed the Pharisee, as he peered dizzily over the precipice, "the uncircumcised are as the sands by the seashore-as the locusts
in the wilderness
He looked at the forest on the bank of the stream, saw the individual trees, the leaves and the veining of each leaf -- he saw the very insects upon them: the locusts
, the brilliant bodied flies, the gray spiders stretching their webs from twig to twig.
Whereupon the whole court began, on all sides, to devour the dishes spread before them with such enthusiasm that it looked as though a cloud of Egyptian locusts
was settling down on green and growing crops.