What is break of the day?

Famous quotes containing the words break of, day and/or break:

    For rhetoric, he could not ope
    His mouth, but out there flew a trope;
    And when he happen’d to break off
    I’ th’ middle of his speech, or cough,
    H’ had hard words ready to show why,
    And tell what rules he did it by;
    Samuel Butler (1612–1680)

    Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
    The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of
    young fellows, robust, friendly,
    Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.
    Walt Whitman (1819–1892)

    Each day I live in a glass room
    Unless I break it with the thrusting
    Of my senses and pass through
    The splintered walls to the great landscape.
    Mervyn Peake (1911–1968)