A fountain of Parnassus sacred to the Muses. Its waters had the
power of inspiring with the gift of poetry those who drank of them.
The drooping Muses [Sir Industry]
Brought to another Castalie,
Where Isis many a famous nursling breeds,
Or where old Cam soft paces o'er the lea
In pensive mood.
Thomson: Castle of Indolence,
“Isis” means the University of Oxford, and “Cam” the University of
Cambridge, so called from the respective rivers on which they stand.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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