These Greek capitals, black with age, and quite deeply graven
in the stone, with I know not what signs peculiar to Gothic caligraphy imprinted upon their forms and upon their attitudes, as though with the purpose of revealing that it had been a hand of the Middle Ages which had inscribed them there, and especially the fatal and melancholy meaning contained in them, struck the author deeply.
They seemed to be governed by that sort of tacit common-sense law which, say what they will of the inborn lawlessness of the human race, has its precepts graven
on every breast.
Throughout the Pacific, and also in Nantucket, and New Bedford, and Sag Harbor, you will come across lively sketches of whales and whaling-scenes, graven
by the fishermen themselves on Sperm Whale-teeth, or ladies' busks wrought out of the Right Whale-bone, and other like skrimshander articles, as the whalemen call the numerous little ingenious contrivances they elaborately carve out of the rough material, in their hours of ocean leisure.
"Take this rifle, and pouch, and horn, and send them to the person, whose name is graven
on the plates of the stock,--a trader cut the letters with his knife,--for it is long, that I have intended to send him such a token of my love."
There were vases, and figures of men and animals, and graven
platters and bowls, and mosaics of precious gems, and many other things.
He threaded his way back to the ferry landing, found nobody at large there, and walked boldly on board the boat, for he knew she was tenantless except that there was a watchman, who always turned in and slept like a graven
And in the midst of all this turmoil, a sense of unpardonable injustice remained graven
in his memory.
I've got a wold silver spoon, and a wold graven
seal at home, too; but, Lord, what's a spoon and seal?
Doane, Nishikanta, and Grimshaw was a graven
god whose name was Gold.
Shunning the tombs, it crept about the mounds, beneath which slept poor humble men: twining for them the first wreaths they had ever won, but wreaths less liable to wither and far more lasting in their kind, than some which were graven
deep in stone and marble, and told in pompous terms of virtues meekly hidden for many a year, and only revealed at last to executors and mourning legatees.
"`There was a graven
image of Desire Painted with red blood on a ground of gold.'" murmured Gouvernail, under his breath.
He went in again, and put his right hand on the latch of the door to close it--but he did not close it: he was arrested, as he had been already since his loss, by the invisible wand of catalepsy, and stood like a graven
image, with wide but sightless eyes, holding open his door, powerless to resist either the good or the evil that might enter there.