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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
It flows through old hushed Egypt and its sands,
Like some grave mighty thought threading a dream.
        Leigh Hunt—Sonnet. The Nile.
Son of the old moon-mountains African!
  Stream of the Pyramid and Crocodile!
  We call thee fruitful, and that very while
A desert, fills our seeing’s inward span.
        Keats—Sonnet. To the Nile.
The Nile, forever new and old,
Among the living and the dead,
Its mighty, mystic stream has rolled.
        Longfellow—Christus. The Golden Legend. Pt. I.
            The higher Nilus swells,
The more it promises; as it ebbs, the seedsman
Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
And shortly comes the harvest.
        Antony and Cleopatra. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 23.
          Whose tongue
Outvenoms all the worms of Nile.
        Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 33.
O’er Egypt’s land of memory floods are level,
  And they are thine, O Nile! and well thou knowest
The soul-sustaining airs and blasts of evil,
  And fruits, and poisons spring where’er thou flowest.
        Shelley—Sonnet. To the Nile.
Mysterious Flood,—that through the silent sands
  Hast wandered, century on century,
Watering the length of great Egyptian lands,
  Which were not, but for thee.
        Bayard Taylor—To the Nile.

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