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English citations of limn

1658 1880 1964 2000
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  • 1658 — Read books which are in french and Latin, for so you may retain and increase your knowledge in Latin: some times draw and limn and practise perspective. — Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia, 1658
  • Dante Gabriel Rosetti, William Blake, lines 9-10
    This cupboard Holy of Holies, held the cloud
    Of his soul writ and limned;
  • 1964 — As he looked up at the rim of the hole, faintly limned in the moonlight, he mused that this searching feeling of his was perhaps jealousy. — Kobo Abe, The Woman in the Dunes, Chapter 30, 1962. Translated from Japanese by E. Dale Saunders.
  • 2000 — In telling these people's stories Mr. Butler draws upon the same gifts of empathy and insight, the same ability to limn an entire life in a couple of pages. — Michiko Kakutani, "Earthlings May Endanger Your Peaceful Rationality", New York Times, March 10, 2000