|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|As on the smooth expanse of crystal lakes|
The sinking stone at first a circle makes;
The trembling surface by the motion stirrd,
Spreads in a second circle, then a third;
Wide, and more wide, the floating rings advance,
Fill all the watery plain, and to the margin dance.
Pope.Temple of Fame, Line 436.
|The small pebble stirs the peaceful lake;|
The circle movd, a circle straight succeeds,
Another still, and still another spreads.
Pope.Essay on Man, Epi. IV. Line 364.
|Glory is like a circle in the water,|
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought.
Shakespeare.King Henry VI., Part I. Act I. Scene 2. (La Pucelle to Charles the Dauphin.)
|Circles in water as they wider flow|
The less conspicuous in their progress grow,
And when at last they trench upon the shore,
Distinction ceases and theyre viewd no more.
Crabbe.The Borough, Letter 3.