Dear sensibility! source inexhausted of all that's precious in our joys, or costly in our sorrows!... eternal fountain of our feelings!—'tis here I trace thee—and this is thy divinity which stirs within me ...—all comes from thee, great—great SENSORIUM of the world!
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Bourbonnois." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).
Yorick's famous apostrophe to sensibility (sentimentalism).