|Ever charming, ever new,
When will the landscape tire the view!
The fountain’s fall, the river’s flow,
The woody valleys, warm and low;
The windy summit, wild and high,
Roughly rushing on the sky!
The pleasant seat, the ruined tow’r,
The naked rock, the shady bow’r;
The town and village, dome and farm,
Each give each a double charm,
As pearls upon an Ethiop’s arm. - John Dyer Attribution: John Dyer (1699–1758), Welsh poet. Grongar Hill. . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.|
Eternall God, O thou that onely art
The sacred Fountain of eternall light,
And blessed Loadstone of my better part;
O thou my heart’s desire, my soul’s delight,
Reflect upon my soul, and touch my heart,
And then my heart shall prize no good above thee;
And then my soul shall know thee; knowing, love thee;
And then my trembling thoughts shall never start
From thy commands, or swerve the least degree,
Or once presume to move, but as they move in thee. - Francis Quarles Attribution: Francis Quarles (1592–1644), British poet. Now first be lov’d. . . Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Grierson and G. Bullough, eds. (1934) Oxford University Press.
More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day. - Alfred Tennyson Attribution: Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892), British poet. Morte d’Arthur (l. 164–168). . . Tennyson; a Selected Edition. Christopher Ricks, ed. (1989) University of California Press.
Dear sensibility! source inexhausted of all that’s precious in our joys, or costly in our sorrows!... eternal fountain of our feelings!—’tis here I trace thee—and this is thy divinity which stirs within me ...—all comes from thee, great—great SENSORIUM of the world! - Laurence Sterne Attribution: Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. “The Bourbonnois.” Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967). Yorick’s famous apostrophe to sensibility (sentimentalism).
Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them. You may dam up the fountain of water, and make it a stagnant marsh, or you may let it run free and do its work; but you cannot say whether it shall be there; it is there. And it will act, if not openly for good, then covertly for evil; but it will act. - Olive Schreiner Attribution: Olive Schreiner (1855–1920), South African writer, feminist. Lyndall, in The Story of an African Farm, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1883).
But there, where I have garnered up my heart,
Where either I must live or bear no life;
The fountain from the which my current runs
Or else dries up: to be discarded thence,
Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads
To knot and gender in! - William Shakespeare Attribution: William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 4, sc. 2, l. 57-62. “Knot and gender” means copulate and breed; the foulness is all in Othello’s imagination.
Oh, for the wonder that bubbles into my soul,
I would be a good fountain, a good well-head,
Would blur no whisper, spoil no expression. - D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence Attribution: D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885–1930), British poet. Song of a Man Who Has Come Through (l. 11–13). . . The Complete Poems [D. H. Lawrence]. Vivian de Sola Pinto and Warren Roberts, eds. (1993) Penguin Books.
Yesterday the theological feuds in the taverns
And the miraculous cure at the fountain;
Yesterday the Sabbath of Witches. But today the struggle. - W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden Attribution: W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907–1973), Anglo-American poet, essayist. Spain, 1937 (l. 14–16). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I–II. M. H. Abrams, general ed. (5th ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
I want to go back, like Ponce de Leon, to the Fountain. - Lyndon Baines Johnson Attribution: Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908–1973), U.S. president. The President Steps Down, ch. 6, p. 256, Macmillan (1970). Johnson wanted to teach in his retirement.