the simplest letters
no where to hide their Heads ! and yet 1689
into his mouth, and no where to hide 1803
in so beautiful an economy the idle had no where to hide themselves. 1821
no where to hide, and the walls there are too high for me to climb 1886
No where to hide the pitying tears, 1898
to run no where to hide A mindless body 2005
no where to hide, no where to run For 2010
The shadows growing smaller
No-where to hide 2012
out in plain sight, with no where to hide. 2014
in the waves with no where to hide 2014
“The simplest letters are the hardest. There’s no where to hide.” 2019
sources (no where to hide, selected finds)
and Who knew not where to hide their heads, &c.
ex George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie (1630-1714 *), his A Memorial for His Highness the Prince of Orange, in relation to the affairs of Scotland. By two Persons of Quality. (London) : 21
ex James Janeway (1636-74 *), his Heaven Upon Earth, Or, The Best Friend, in the Worst Times. Being an earnest exhortation to get acquainted with God, as the only way to real good and blessedness. From the second American edition, corrected (Northampton, Massachusetts) : 233 (Quest. 9)
ex passage on the Egyptians, “the first among whom the rules of government were known,”
in Jacques Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704 *), An universal history: from the beginning of the world, to the Empire of Charlemagne. translated from the thirteenth edition of the original, by Mr. Ephilstone (New York) : 325
ex Mary Morton Wall, “A Romance in Letters,” part 2 in The Woman’s Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly Devoted to Art 9:11 (July 1886) : 343 (right column, lower)
ex Junius Lackland Hempstead (1842-1920 *), “No Where” in his Musings of Morn : 175
author of Brain Rambles (1905)
ex Vince Allio, “Gone and Forgotten,” in his Step : 125
ex MeLyssa D. Bailey aka Penrocker, “What’s wrong with the Brothers?” in her Perpetual Imagery : “Constant Word Stimulation...Causing Visualization to the mind” : 49
ex Andrew Warren, “Avenging Angels” in his Poetry in Motion : 73
ex Daniel Carnahan, The Manipulator : 305
ex Justin Burrows, The Last Sherkanas : 100
ex “The Strong, silent type” in The Boston Globe (October 20, 2019), being a notice for an exhibit of “what catches the eye” of type designer Matthew Carter at the Katherine Small Gallery, Somerville, Massachusetts.
a theory —
“Nowhere” / “no where” were not standardized pre 1900, and drifted away from standardization in this new century (the more recent instances are from self-published books, and may reflect absence of copyediting).
In reading these aloud, one might emphasize enunciation of “where,” as if “where” is a thing or generalized place that is absent.
I suppose it’s something like Stein’s “there is no there there” about Oakland — but here, there’s no where there (or where).
tags: no; no where; nowhere; two Persons of Quality; brain rambles; Matthew Carter