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  • According to Book 10 of The Prelude, when Wordsworth heard the news that Robespierre and his followers had been executed, it was one of the happiest moments of his life: "O friend, few happier moments have been mine/Through my whole life than that when first I heard/That this foul tribe of Moloch was o'erthrown,/And their chief regent levelled with the dust" (1805: 10. 466-69).


  • Yea, even the strong are o'erthrown by misfortunes.


  • And now her city is utterly o'erthrown by the foe, and she, a slave in her old age, her children dead, lies stretched upon the ground, soiling her hair, poor lady in the dust.


  • Thou hast within thy halls a tripod with brazen feet, which Heracles, in days gone by, after he had o'erthrown the foundations of Ilium and was starting on another enterprise, enjoined the to set up at the Pythian shrine.

    The Suppliants

  • Lo! from the depths of salt Aegean floods I, Poseidon, come, where choirs of Nereids trip in the mazes of the graceful dance; for since the day that Phoebus and myself with measurement exact set towers of stone about this land of Troy and ringed it round, never from my heart hath passed away a kindly feeling for my Phrygian town, which now is smouldering and o'erthrown, a prey to Argive prowess.

    The Trojan Women

  • To quote the immortal Bard: "Oh, what noble mind is here o'erthrown."

    January 2004

  • As the Princess put it, 'There's no such sport as sport by sport o'erthrown'.


  • Is a warrior, in proof, that can ne'er be o'erthrown.

    War Poetry of the South

  • Nothing can be imagined at once more powerful or more pathetic than that picture of a "noble mind o'erthrown," alternating between crushed, hopeless misery and wild excitement -- thirsting for the rest and peace that only death can bestow, yet shrinking from the fearful leap into the dim unknown beyond the grave.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 100, April, 1876

  • Hold fast thy buried isles, thy towers o'erthrown --

    Grace Darling Heroine of the Farne Islands


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