A flying scud, drifting clouds. (Icelandic, rek, drift; verb, recka, to drive.)
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And ... leave not a rack behind.
(Dutch, rak; verb, rakken, to stretch: Danish, rag; Anglo-Saxon, reac.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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