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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Thames
 
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.
        Sir John Denham—Cooper’s Hill. L. 189. Latin prose with same idea found in a letter of Roger Ascham’s to Sir William Petre. Epistles. P. 254. (Ed. 1590).
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Serene yet strong, majestic yet sedate,
Swift without violence, without terror great.
        Prior—Carmen Seculare. L. 200. Imitation of Denham.
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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—Seasons. Summer. L. 1,425.
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Never did sun more beautifully steep
  In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
  The river glideth at his own sweet will.
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
  And all that mighty heart is lying still!
        WordsworthSonnet. Composed upon Westminster Bridge.
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