- a state of heightened vigilance, especially prior to battle
Etymology:who lives? - a sentry's challenge
"QUI vive!" The sentry's musket rings,
- The channelled bayonet gleams;
- High o'er him, like a raven's wings
- The broad tri-colored banner flings
"QUI vive!" The sentry's musket rings,. The channelled bayonet
gleams; ... "Qui vive!" How oft the midnight air. That startling cry has borne! ...Oliver Wendal Holmes. http://www.bartleby.com/102/104.html - 23k
1917 Qui vive? Who passes by up there?
- Who moves -- what stirs in the startled air?
- What whispers, thrills, exults up there?
- "The Flags of France." Grace Ellery Channing
Were a tail black man to do the same, there is not one of us who would not immediately be on the . My sadness about the American estrangement just mentioned doesn't make me act any differently at such a moment, http://www.geocities.com/~bblair/france_twp.htm
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