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NILE RIVER
[ Also see Africa Egypt Rivers ]

It flows through old hushed Egypt and its sands,
  Like some grave mighty thought threading a dream.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry 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.
      - John Keats (1), Sonnet--To the Nile

The Nile, forever new and old,
  Among the living and the dead,
    Its mighty, mystic stream has rolled.
      - Henry Wadsworth 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.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Antony at II, vii)

No, 'tis slander,
  Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue
    Outvenoms all the worms of Nile, whose breath
      Rides on the posting winds and doth belie
        All corners of the world. Kings, queens. and states,
          Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave
            This viperous slander enters.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Pisanio at III, iv)

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.
      - Percy Bysshe 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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