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ISLANDS
[ Also see Countries Crete Water World ]

From the sprinkled isles,
  Lily on lily, that o'erlace the sea.
      - Robert Browning, Cleon

Beautiful isle of the sea,
  Smile on the brow of the waters.
      - George Cooper (1), Song

Fast-anchor'd isle.
      - William Cowper, Task
         (bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 151)

O, it's a snug little island!
  A right little, tight little island!
      - Thomas Dibdin, The Snug Little Island

Sprinkled along the waste of years
  Full many a soft green isle appears:
    Pause where we may upon the desert road,
      Some shelter is in sight, some sacred safe abode.
      - John Keble,
        Christian Year--The First Sunday in Advent
         (st. 8)

Remember, sir, my liege,
  The kings your ancestors, together with
    The natural bravery of your isle, which stands
      As Neptune's park, ribbed and paled in
        With rocks unscalable and roaring waters,
          With sands that will not bear your enemies' boats
            But suck them up to th' topmast.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Queen, wife to Cymbeline at III, i)

Ay, many flowering islands lie
  In the waters of wide Agony.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley,
        Lines written among the Euganean Hills
         (l. 66)

Sark, fairer than aught in the world that the lit skies cover,
  Laughs inly behind her cliffs, and the seafarers mark
    As a shrine where the sunlight serves, though the blown clouds hover, Sark.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne,
        Insularum Ocelle

Summer isles of Eden, lying in dark purple spheres of sea.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall (164)

Island of bliss! amid the subject Seas,
  That thunder round thy rocky coasts, set up,
    At once the wonder, terror, and delight
      Of distant nations; whose remotest shore
        Can soon be shaken by thy naval arm;
          Not to be shook thyself, but all assaults
            Baffling, like thy hoar cliffs the loud sea-wave.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Summer
         (l. 1,597)


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