It was all new to him, raw and horrible--it had fallen upon him like a lightning stroke
His important poems were mostly published at this time, in 1650 and 1655, in the collection which he named 'Silex Scintillans' (The Flaming Flint), a title explained by the frontispiece, which represents a flinty heart glowing under the lightning stroke
of God's call.
Was he a man for a coup-de-foudre, the lightning stroke
There were many men in San Francisco against whom he had registered black marks, and now and again, with one of his lightning strokes
, he erased such a mark.
Last night a lightning stroke
a dome in the city of the Vatican," he wrote, referencing a widely-circulated image showing the freak natural occurrence.
Second, it is the slow component of the lightning stroke
which ignites flammable vapors.