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It was doubtless caused by one of those meteors, which the night-watcher may so often observe burning out to waste, in the vacant regions of the atmosphere So powerful was its radiance, that it thoroughly illuminated the dense medium of cloud betwixt the sky and earth.
The creature in our rear was gaining on us rapidly when Nobs flew past me like a meteor and rushed straight for the frightful reptile.
Out of the mist came slowly a great frigate, brilliant with "the meteor flag of England.
The red head vanished like a meteor, for Polly's tone had been decidedly cool.
This immense canopy of fire was perceived at a distance of one hundred miles out at sea, and more than one ship's captain entered in his log the appearance of this gigantic meteor.
I should not be surprised if it did not look like a meteor on fire to the eyes of the spectators in Florida.
It was a coarse wood-cut, representing a splendid meteor "as seen in the town of Cologne," which was to be read below in bright letters.
By excluding men under thirty-five from the first office, and those under thirty from the second, it confines the electors to men of whom the people have had time to form a judgment, and with respect to whom they will not be liable to be deceived by those brilliant appearances of genius and patriotism, which, like transient meteors, sometimes mislead as well as dazzle.
Last night cloud-shadows gloomed the path that winds to my abode, And the torches of the river-boats like angry meteors glowed.
Patience, monseigneur, for you do not know what Colbert is -- study him quickly; it is with this dark financier as it is with meteors, which the eye never sees completely before their disastrous invasion; when we feel them we are dead.
Then the moons come; the mysterious, magic moons of Mars, hurtling like monster meteors low across the face of the planet.
He speaks of high towers wherein people watched "winds, rain, snow, hail and some of the fiery meteors also.