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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Water
 
Water turned to wine.
        St. John, Chap. ii. Verses 3–10.
  1
Vidit et erubuit lympha pudica Deum.
        Crashaw.—Epigrammata Sacra, 1634.
  2
Thou water turn’st to wine (fair friend of life);
  Thy foe, to cross the sweet arts of thy reign,
Distils from thence the tears of wrath and strife,
  And so turns wine to water back again.
        Crashaw.—Divine Epigram.
  3
The conscious water saw its God, and blushed.
        Boswell’s Johnson, 1778, Chapter LXV. Croker’s edition.
  4
Reach with your whiter hands to me,
  Some crystal of the spring;
And I about the cup shall see
  Fresh lilies flourishing.
Or else, sweet nymphs, do you but this,
  To the glass your lips incline;
And I shall see, by that one kiss,
  The water turn’d to wine.
        Herrick.—The Hesperides to the Water Nymph, No. 318.
  5
Water, water, everywhere,
  And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
  Nor any drop to drink!
        Coleridge.—The Ancient Mariner, Part II. Verse 9.
  6
Unstable as water thou shalt not excel.
        Genesis, Chap. xlix. Ver. 4. (Jacob to Reuben.)
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