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


  • O Venus, hail! all hail, immortal Queen!
  • Thou reign’st unbounded o’er the human scene,
  • Where the bright Thames shines forth in azure pride,
  • To where the Ganges rolls its foamy tide,
  • Where the redundant Nile expands his course,
  • Or Niagara throws her headlong force;
  • Still from the east to west, from pole to pole,
  • Thou e’er shalt rule great Sovereign of the whole.
  • Bohn.

  • Creator Venus, genial power of love,
  • The bliss of men below, and gods above!
  • Beneath the sliding sun thou runn’st thy race,
  • Dost fairest shine, and best become thy place;
  • For thee the winds their eastern blasts forbear,
  • Thy month reveals the spring, and opens all the year.
  • Thee, goddess, thee, the storms of winter fly,
  • Earth smiles with flowers renewing, laughs the sky,
  • And birds to lays of love their tuneful notes apply;
  • For thee the lion loathes the taste of blood.
  • Dryden.