We are exhorted to lay up treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, nor thieves break through and steal.
"So, while the town hummed on as was its wont, With mill, and wheel, and scythe, and lowing steer In the green field,--while, round a hundred hearths, Brown Labor boasted of the mighty deeds Done in the meadow swaths, and Envy hissed Its poison, that corroded all it touched,-- Rusting a neighbor's gold, mildewing wheat, And blistering the pure skin of chastest maid,-- Edwin and Bertha sat in marriage joy, From all removed, as heavenly creatures winged, Alit upon a hill-top near the sun, When all the world is reft of man and town By distance, and their hearts the silence fills-- Not long: for unto them, as unto all, Down from love's height unto the world of men Occasion called with many a sordid voice.
But hast thou rusted this latter time for want of exercise?
The next book opens with Thalaba lying distracted upon her grave, in the neighbourhood of which he had wandered, till "the sun, and the wind, and the rain, had rusted his raven locks"; and there he is found by the father of his bride, and visited by her ghost, and soothed and encouraged to proceed upon his holy enterprise.
There he rusted out his life, but when he neared his end was filled with fear, and sent for a clergyman to give him consolation.
This peace is nothing but to rust iron, increase tailors, and breed ballad-makers.
Foul-cankering rust the hidden treasure frets, But gold that's put to use more gold begets.'
My helm and shield are rusting in the hall; The martial trumpet's spirit-stirring blast, The herald's call, inviting to the lists, Rouse not the echoes of these vales, where naught Save cowherd's horn and cattle bell is heard, In one unvarying dull monotony.