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" 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'er-flowing full. "
The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine - Page 335
1840
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The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 3

Alexander Pope - English poetry - 1835
...Making night hideous.' SHAKESP. 16 Flaw, Welsted, flow! &c.] Parody on Denham, Cooper's Hill: ' O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great...theme ; Though deep, yet clear ; though gentle, yet not dull : Strong without rage ; without o'erflowing full !' Embrace, embrace, my sons ! be foes no...
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Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets,: With Critical Observations on ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1835
...Dryden has commended them, almost every writer for a century past has imitated, are generally known : O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme I Though deep, yet clear ; though gentle, yet not dull ; Strong, without rage ; without o'erflowing,...
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Scenes and Sketches: In France

John Davies - France - 1835 - 330 pages
...reference to various functions I might be called to discharge — ' O that I flowed like thee and made 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. ' About half way between Tours and Angers...
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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 3, The Renaissance

George Alexander Kennedy, Glyn P. Norton, Jessica Osborn, Hugh Barr Nisbet, Maynard Mack Professor of English Claude Rawson, Marshall Brown, Claude Julien Rawson, Alastair J. Minnis, Christa Knellwolf, Ian Richard Johnson, A. Walton Litz, Raman Selden, Louis Menand, Rafey Habib, Lawrence S. Rainey, Christopher Norris, Christa Knellwolf King - Literary Criticism - 1989 - 782 pages
...explains John Denham's requirement, as he apostrophized the Thames, that form not obstruct thought: 'O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream / My great...theme! / Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, / Strong without rage, without ore-flowing full.1 Depth with clarity, variety without confusion,...
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Melodious Guile: Fictive Pattern in Poetic Language

John Hollander - Poetry - 1990 - 262 pages
...on in the seventeenth century, Sir John Denham, with neoclassical tact, would merely predicate ("O could I flow like thee! and make thy stream / My great example, as it is my theme") and safely rhyme with the name of a synecdoche, rather than more powerfully and Spenserianly punning...
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The Meaning of Literature

Timothy J. Reiss - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 395 pages
...throughout the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth. In them he offered the Thames as a model: O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great...theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without ore-flowing full. (11. 189-92) The poem had first appeared in...
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The Gay]grey Moose: Essays on the Ecologies and Mythologies of Canadian ...

D. M. R. Bentley - Literary Collections - 1992 - 328 pages
...It is a question that recalls John Denham's "famous apostrophe"44 to the Thames in Cooper's Hill: O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great...theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without ore-flowing full.45 To make poetry like reality, to imitate...
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The Third Kind of Knowledge: Memoirs & Selected Writings

Robert Fitzgerald - Biography & Autobiography - 1993 - 279 pages
...contemporaries, and in place of greater touchstones Dryden was fond of quoting Denham's lines on the Thames: O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great...theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without ore-flowing full. He was also fond of alluding to Waller as...
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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 73

1894
...January, 1893. the metaphor from the ship to the river, yon may quote Denham and say : — " Oh, oonld I flow like thee, and make thy stream MY great example...theme ! Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull ; Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full." Each generation has its own authorities...
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Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation

John Guillory, Professor John Guillory - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 392 pages
...the Mersey emulates a "classic" tide, perhaps the following neoclassic locus classicus: O could I flo like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as...theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull Strong without rage, without oreflowing full. Denham reinscribes the ancient Ciceronian topos,...
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