|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Oh, swiftly glides the bonnie boat,|
Just parted from the shore,
And to the fishers chorus-note,
Soft moves the dipping oar!
Joanna BaillieSong. Oh, Swiftly glides the Bonnie Boat.
|Like the watermen that row one way and look another.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Democritus to the Reader.
| On the ear|
Drops the light drip of the suspended oar.
ByronChilde Harold. Canto III. St. 86.
|But oars alone can neer prevail|
To reach the distant coast;
The breath of Heaven must swell the sail,
Or all the toil is lost.
CowperHuman Frailty. St. 6.
|We lie and listen to the hissing waves,|
Wherein our boat seems sharpening its keel,
Which on the seas face all unthankful graves
An arrowed scratch as with a tool of steel.
John DavidsonIn a Music-Hall and Other Poems. For Lovers. L. 17.
|The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea|
In a beautiful pea-green boat.
Edward LearThe Owl and the Pussy-Cat.
|And all the way, to guide their chime,|
With falling oars they kept the time.
| Like the watermen who advance forward while they look backward.|
MontaigneBk. II. Ch. XXIX. Of Profit and Honesty.
|Faintly as tolls the evening chime,|
Our voices keep tune and our oars keep time,
Soon as the woods on shore look dim,
Well sing at St. Anns our parting hymn;
Row, brothers, row, the stream runs fast,
The rapids are near and the daylights past!
MooreCanadian Boat Song.
|Gracefully, gracefully glides our bark|
On the bosom of Father Thames,
And before her bows the wavelets dark
Break into a thousand gems.
Thos. NoelA Thames Voyage.
| Like watermen who look astern while they row the boat ahead.|
PlutarchWhether twas rightfully said, Live concealed.
|Learn of the little nautilus to sail,|
Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. III. L. 177.
| The oars were silver:|
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke.
Antony and Cleopatra. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 199.