The Nile is a major north-flowing river in North Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world. The Nile has two major tributaries, the White Nile and Blue Nile. The latter is the source of most of the water and fertile soil. The former is the longer. The White Nile rises in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, with the most distant source being as-yet undetermined, and located in either Rwanda or Burundi. It flows north through Tanzania, Lake Victoria, Uganda, and southern Sudan. The Blue Nile starts at Lake Tana in Ethiopia, and flows into Sudan from the southeast. The two rivers meet near the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.
- The Nile, forever new and old,
Among the living and the dead,
Its mighty, mystic stream has rolled.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus, The Golden Legend (1872), Part I.
- The higher Nilus swells,
The more it promises; as it ebbs, the seedsman
Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
And shortly comes the harvest.
- Whose tongue
Outvenoms all the worms of Nile.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 559.
- It flows through old hushed Egypt and its sands,
Like some grave mighty thought threading a dream.
- Leigh Hunt, Sonnet, The Nile.
- Son of the old moon-mountains African!
Stream of the Pyramid and Crocodile!
We call thee fruitful, and that very while
A desert, fills our seeing's inward span.
- John Keats, Sonnet, The Nile.
- O'er Egypt's land of memory floods are level,
And they are thine, O Nile! and well thou knowest
The soul-sustaining airs and blasts of evil,
And fruits, and poisons spring where'er thou flowest.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Sonnet, To the Nile.
- Mysterious Flood,—that through the silent sands
Hast wandered, century on century,
Watering the length of great Egyptian lands,
Which were not, but for thee.
- Bayard Taylor, To the Nile.