C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • O, could I flow like thee, and make thy stream
  • My great example, as it is my theme!
  • Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull;
  • Strong without rage, without o’erflowing full.
  • Denham.

  • Slow let us trace the matchless vale of Thames;
  • Fair winding up to where the Muses haunt
  • In Twit’nham bowers, and for their Pope implore.
  • Thomson.

  • There is a hill beside the silver Thames,
  • Shady with birch and beech and odorous pine;
  • And brilliant underfoot with thousand gems,
  • Steeply the thickets to his floods decline.
  • Robert Bridges.

  • The time shall come, when, free as seas or wind,
  • Unbounded Thames shall flow for all mankind,
  • Whole nations enter with each swelling tide,
  • And seas but join the regions they divide;
  • Earth’s distant ends our glory shall behold,
  • And the new world launch forth to seek the old.
  • Pope.