O that I had wings like a dove. [ Bible ]
Not as a vulture, but a dove,
The Holy Ghost came from above. [ Longfellow, after Fuller ]
Day is a snow-white Dove of heaven
That from the East glad message brings:
Night is a stealthy, evil Raven,
Wrapt to the eyes in his black wings. [ T. B. Aldrich ]
Time, as he passes us, has a dove's wing,
Untoiled, and swift, and of a silken sound. [ Cowper ]
Dark the Night, with breath all flowers.
And tender broken voice that fills
With ravishment the listening hours, -
Liquid ripples, and soft ring-dove cooings
In low-toned rhythm that love's aching stills!
Dark the night
Yet is she bright.
For in her dark she brings the mystic star.
Trembling yet strong, as is the voice of love.
From some unknown afar. [ George Eliot ]
I take thy hand, this hand,
As soft as dove's down, and as white as it;
Or Ethiopian's tooth, or the fanned snow.
That's bolted by the northern blast twice o'er. [ William Shakespeare ]
Hate shuts her soul when dove-eyed Mercy pleads. [ Charles Sprague ]
Hear the mellow wedding bells.
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells
Through the balmy air of night
How they ring out their delight!
From the molten golden notes,
And all in tune
What a liquid ditty floats
To the turtle-dove that listen? while she gloats
On the moon! [ Poe ]
The fountain of love is the rose and the lily, the sun and the dove. [ Heinrich Heine ]
Marble, pearl, rose, dove, all may disappear: the pearl melts, the marble breaks, the rose fades, the bird escapes. [ T. Gautier ]
After all, the head only reproduces what the heart creates; and so we give the mocking-bird credit when he imitates the loving murmurs of the dove. [ G. J. W. Melville ]
We cannot approach beauty. Its nature is like opaline dove's-neck lustres, hovering and evanescent. Herein it resembles the most excellent things, which have all this rainbow character, defying all attempts at appropriation and use. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]