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Rain

  • The rains are rhythmic, coming religiously in the afternoons (after lunch has been eaten but before tea, so that the nights are washed clean-black with bright pinpoints of silver starlight hanging over a restless, grateful earth).

  • Go for a short walk in a soft rain — lovely — so many wild flowers startling me through the woods and a lawn sprinkled with dandelions, like a night with stars. And through it all the sound of soft rain like the sound of innumerable earthworms stirring in the ground.

  • A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.

  • ... the pavements looked washed and sticky, like pieces of half-sucked toffee.

  • The sky, like old discoloured silk, ripped and tore, emptying its contents into the Arabian Sea.

  • ... rain is one thing the British do better than anybody else.

  • Rain is my lover, my apple strudel. / It haunts my heels like a pedigreed poodle. / Beyond the seas or across the nation, / It follows me faithful on every vacation.

    • Phyllis McGinley,
    • "Notes Written on a Damp Veranda," The Love Letters of Phyllis McGinley ()
  • What happiness it is to listen to rain at night; joyful relief, ease; a lapping-round and hushing and brooding tenderness, all are mingled together in the sound of the fast-falling rain. God, looking down upon the rainy earth, sees how faint are these lights shining in little windows, — how easily put out ...

  • I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.

  • Every fool becomes a philosopher after ten days of rain, so I spare you the inside view of my heart.

    • Clover Adams,
    • 1882, in Natalie Dykstra, Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life ()
  • It's raining fish-hooks and hammer handles!

  • The earth is soaked and soggy with rain. Everything is drinking its fill and the surplus gluts the drains. The sky is full of it and lies low over the earth, heavy and dense. Even the sea is wetter than usual!

  • Rain. Sometimes it falls like worms, sometimes like needles, and sometimes like iron swords.

  • Is the sea drying up? It is going up into mist and coming down on us in this water spout, the rain. It raineth every day, and the weather represents our tearful despair on a large scale.

  • Oh, where do you come from, / You little drops of rain, / Pitter patter, pitter patter, / Down the window pane?

    • Jane Euphemia Browne,
    • "Little Raindrops," in Iona and Peter Opie, eds., The Oxford Book of Children's Verse ()
  • Even the eternal skies weep, I thought; is there any shame then, that mortal man should spend himself in tears?

  • Surround of rainbows / Listen / The rain comes upon us / Restore us.

  • I began to forget when it hadn't been raining and became as one with all the characters in all of the novels about rainy seasons, who rush around banging their heads against the walls, drinking water glasses of straight whiskey and moaning, 'The rain! The rain! My God, the rain!'

  • I love the rain; it is a curtain shutting me off from the world.

    • Jean Marquand,
    • "Regina's Baby," in Charlotte H. Bruner, ed., African Women's Writing ()
  • Gray are the rains of March, yet paving the streets with silver, mirroring the lights of passing cars, and soaking the trees black as shining knights in suits of mail.

  • By mid-morning a rain as fine as silk spills was weaving over the lake.

  • The smell of rain is rich with life.

  • Rain knows the earth and loves it well, for rain is the passion of the earth.

  • It was raining when Rahel came back to Ayemenem. Slanting silver ropes slammed into loose earth, plowing it up like gunfire.

  • Like a tall woman walking across the hayfield, / The rain came slowly, dressed in crystal and the sun ...

  • Rain fell in ropes and wind shuttled through them, webbing the city in its ephemeral weave.

  • Rain was nature's way of saying 'Sleep in.'

  • ... down it came, the blessed deluge. The music of rain splashing on tents and tin sheds drove men to an ecstasy of rejoicing. They turned out to cheer; lifted up their faces and opened their mouths to drink the bright drops; danced round, hallooing and shouting, getting drenched in the downpour. ... Rain filled all the dams and banks and potholes. Every gully was a rushing torrent: water lay flashing and shining in depressions on the flat land and away through the bush.

  • In the country they say, 'We'll come when it rains.' When the soft rains come soaking through the day and into the night, they go visiting, they sit around the kitchen table in a dry place and talk of children and crops.

  • What have they done to the rain.

  • Heigh-ho! the rain, / The wild, impetuous rain! / Hear how it raves at my window-pane! / Hurrying down with a mad commotion, / Mad as the din of a storm-lashed ocean, — / Sweeping the mountain, pelting the plain, — / Heigh-ho! the wild, impetuous rain!

  • He heard sound coming. Rain, like hundreds of mice running through corn.

  • ... rain began to beat at the narrow lattice windows in the stop-and-start manner of an untalented child practicing scales at the piano.

  • Rain, rain, pelted down upon us with unlooked-for fury.