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Dies Iræ

A famous madiæval hymn on the last judgment, probably the composition of Thomas of Celano, a native of Abruzzi, who died in 1255. Sir Walter Scott has introduced the former part of it …

Dying Sayings

(real or traditional): ADAMS (President): “Independence for ever.” ADAMS (John Q. ): “It is the last of earth. I am content.” ADDISON: “See how a Christian die…

Kenneth Lay 2006 Deaths

Kenneth LayAge: 64 founder and former CEO of Enron, the energy trading company that filed for bankruptcy in Dec. 2001, who was convicted of fraud and conspiracy in May. He died of heart diseas…

George Washington LAY

LAY, George Washington, a Representative from New York; born in Catskill, N.Y., July 26, 1798; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Hamilton College at Clinton, N.Y., in 1817; studi…

Die

The die is cast. The step is taken, and I cannot draw back. So said Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon. I have set my life upon the cast, And I will stand the hazard of the die. Shak…

Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling,

former executives of Enron who were at the helm of the energy company when it crumbled in 2001, were found guilty of fraud and conspiracy by a Houston jury in May. Lay was convicted of six co…

Walt Whitman: The Dying Veteran

The Dying VeteranAmid these days of order, ease, prosperity, Amid the current songs of beauty, peace, decorum, I cast a reminiscence—(likely 'twill offend you, I heard it in my boyhood;)—More …

Walt Whitman: To One Shortly to Die

To One Shortly to DieFrom all the rest I single out you, having a message for you, You are to die—let others tell you what they please, I cannot prevaricate, I am exact and merciless, but I lo…

Lay Figures

Wooden figures with free joints, used by artists chiefly for the study of drapery. This is a metaphorical use of lay. As divines divide the world into two parties, the ecclesiastics and the…

Lay by the Heels

(To). To render powerless. The allusion is to the stocks, in which vagrants and other petty offenders were confined by the ankles, locked in what was called the stocks, common, at one time,…