The curtains of the dark are already shaken by the birth-pangs of the morning.
All those nameless discontents—they were no more than love's birth-pangs.
In anguish, fear, and humiliation had his love been born, but the birth-pangs had been as brief as they were intense.
It would seem as if bringing forth must be always accompanied by birth-pangs.
No Hercules will reward my travail, so do not expect of me the birth-pangs that are torturing Virgil.
The birth-pangs of Democracy, wherewith convulsed Europe was groaning in cries that reached Heaven, could not escape me.
The marks of the birth-pangs remain on the land; its struggle for breath was too terrible, its scars too deep to hide or cover.
Over there is the long mirror which will presently begin to stir and reflect the birth-pangs of light.
He can only study the trend of things and "alleviate the birth-pangs" of the new time.