And anon there came in a dove at a window, and in her mouth there seemed a little censer of gold, and therewithal there was such a savour as all the spicery of the world had been there.
- Sir Thomas Malory (English Author, 1470-1471)
O thou undaunted daughter of desires!
By all thy dower of lights and fires;
By all the eagle in thee, all the dove;
By all thy lives and deaths of love;
By thy large draughts of intellectual day.
-Richard Crashaw (English Poet known for religious verse
of vibrant stylistic ornamentation and ardent faith. 1613-1649)
Hate shuts her soul when dove-eyed mercy pleads.
And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Society, friendship, and love,
Divinely bestowed upon man,
Oh, had I the wings of a dove,
How soon would I taste you again!
William Cowper (English Poet, one of the most widely read English poets of his day, 1731-1800)