spider's web


I spied a spider clymbing by his webb to the height of an trie and at 12 several times I perceived his web broke, and the spider fel to the ground. But the 13 tyme he attempted and clambe up the tree.

David Hume of Godscroft
- attributed to Robert the Bruce

Much like a subtle spider which doth sit
   In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;
If aught do touch the utmost thread of it,
   She feels it instantly on every side.

Sir John Davies - The Immortality of the Soul

The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.

Alexander Pope

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.


Her waggon-spokes made of long spinners' legs;
The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers;
The traces, of the smallest spider's web...

William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet

'Will you walk into my parlour?' said a spider to a fly:
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy'

Mary Howitt - The Spider and the Fly

Or almost like a spider, who, confin’d
   In her web’s centre, shakt with every winde,
Moves in an instant if the buzzing flie
   Stir but a string of her lawn canapie

Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas - First Week, Sixth Day

Our souls sit close and silently within,
And their own web from their own entrails spin;
And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such,
That, spider-like, we feel the tenderest touch.

John Dryden - Mariage à la Mode