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THAMES RIVER
[ Also see England London Rivers ]

There is a hill beside the silver Thames,
  Shady with birch and beech and odorous pine;
    And brilliant underfoot with thousand gems,
      Steeply the thickets to his floods decline.
      - Robert Seymour Bridges

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)

The time shall come, when, free as seas or wind,
  Unbounded Thames shall flow for all mankind,
    Whole nations enter with each swelling tide,
      And seas but join the regions they divide;
        Earth's distant ends our glory shall behold,
          And the new world launch forth to seek the old.
      - Alexander Pope

Serene yet strong, majestic yet sedate,
  Swift without violence, without terror great.
      - Matthew Prior, Carmen Seculare (l. 200),
        imitation of Denham

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.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Summer
         (l. 1,425)

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.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Sonnet--Composed upon Westminster Bridge


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