|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|As I came down the Highgate Hill,|
The Highgate Hill, the Highgate Hill,
As I came down the Highgate Hill
I met the suns bravado,
And saw below me, fold on fold,
Grey to pearl and pearl to gold,
This London like a land of old,
The land of Eldorado.
|Veni Gotham, ubi multos,|
Si non omnes, vidi stultos.
I came to Gotham, where I saw many who were fools, if not all.
Richard BrathwaitDrunken Barnabys Journal.
|A mighty mass of brick, and smoke, and shipping,|
Dirty and dusty, but as wide as eye
Could reach, with here and there a sail just skipping
In sight, then lost amidst the forestry
Of masts; a wilderness of steeples peeping
On tiptoe through their sea-coal canopy;
A huge, dun cupola, like a foolscap crown
On a fools headand there is London Town.
ByronDon Juan. Canto X. St. 82.
|London is the clearing-house of the world.|
Jos. ChamberlainSpeech, Guildhall, London. Jan. 19, 1904.
| If the parks be the lungs of London we wonder what Greenwich Fair isa periodical breaking out, we supposea sort of spring rash.|
|London is a roost for every bird.|
Benj. DisraeliLothair. Ch. XI.
| London is the epitome of our times, and the Rome of to-day.|
EmersonEnglish Traits. Result.
|He was born within the sound of Bow-bell.|
|London! the needy villains general home,|
The common sewer of Paris and of Rome!
With eager thirst, by folly or by fate,
Sucks in the dregs of each corrupted state.
Samuel JohnsonLondon. L. 93.
|Then in town let me live, and in town let me die|
For I own I cant relish the country, not I.
If I must have a villa in summer to dwell,
Oh give me the sweet shady side of Pall Mall.
Captain MorrisThe Contrast.
| The way was long and weary,|
But gallantly they strode,
A country lad and lassie,
Along the heavy road.
The night was dark and stormy,
But blithe of heart were they,
For shining in the distance
The lights of London lay.
O gleaming lights of London, that gem of the citys crown;
What fortunes be within you, O Lights of London Town!
George R. Sims. Song in Lights of London.
|The lungs of London. (Parks)|
Windham. Debate in House of Commons. June 30, 1808, attributes it to Lord Chatham.