|The owl is abroad, the bat and the toad,
And so is the cat-a-mountain;
The ant and the mole sit both in a hole,
And frog peeps out o’ the fountain. - Ben Jonson Attribution: Ben Jonson (1572–1637), British dramatist, poet. Charm (l. 1–4). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.|
For the building of a new Japan
Let’s put our mind and strength together,
Doing our best to promote production,
Sending our goods to the peoples of the world,
Endlessly and continuously,
Like water gushing from a fountain.
Grow, industry, grow, grow, grow,
Harmony and sincerity. Matsushita Electrical. - Matsushita Electrical Company Attribution: Matsushita Electrical Company. quoted in F.LK. Hsu, Iemoto, The Heart of Japan (1975). Company anthem, sung on official occasions.
Unmeasured power, incredible passion, enormous craft: no thought
apparent but burns darkly
Smothered with its own smoke in the human brain-vault: no thought
outside; a certain measure in phenomena:
The fountains of the boiling stars, the flowers on the foreland, the
ever-returning roses of dawn. - Robinson Jeffers Attribution: Robinson Jeffers (1887–1962), U.S. poet. Apology for Bad Dreams (l. 66–68). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
There arose, glimmering whitely over the harsh scrub and the stunted trees, a noble city, set foursquare and colonnaded along its falling flower-bordered terraces. There were splashing fountains, and the sound of flutes; and its citizens moved, grave and beautiful, black and white and brown together; and these groups of elders paused, and smiled with pleasure at the sight of the children—the blue-eyed, fair-skinned children of the North playing hand in hand with the bronze-skinned, dark-eyed children of the South. Yes, they smiled and approved these many-fathered children, running and playing among the flowers and the terraces, through the white pillars and tall trees of this fabulous and ancient city. - Doris Lessing Attribution: Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Martha Quest, in Martha Quest, pt. 1, ch. 1, p. 11, Simon and Schuster (1952).
I can’t forget
How she stood at the top of that long marble stair
Amazed, and then with a sleepy pirouette
Went dancing slowly down to the fountain-quieted square; - Richard Wilbur Attribution: Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. Piazza di Spagna, Early Morning (l. 1–4). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.
I was with Hercules and Cadmus once,
When in a wood of Crete they bayed the bear
With hounds of Sparta: never did I hear
Such gallant chiding; for besides the groves,
The skies, the fountains, every region near
Seemed all one mutual cry. I never heard
So musical a discord, such sweet thunder. - William Shakespeare Attribution: William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Hippolyta, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 112-8. Theseus is here associated with classical legends in praise of hunting with a pack of hounds; “bayed” means brought to bay.