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Meditation and Water

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It's natural. The two go together (according to Melville).
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Yes, as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedded forever. But here is the artist he desires to paint you the dreamiest, shadiest, quietest, most enchanting bit of romantic landscape in all the Valley of the Sacko. What is the chief element he employs? There stand his trees, each with the hollow trunk, as if a hermit and a crucifix were within. And here sleeps his meadow, and their sleep his cattle. And up from yonder cottage goes a sleepy smoke deep into the distant woodlands winds A. Mazy Way, reaching two overlapping spurs of mountains bathed in their hillside blue. But though the picture lies thus transit, and though this pine tree shakes down its size like leaves upon the shepherd's head, yet all were vain, unless the shepherds I were fixed upon the magic stream before him. Go visit the prairies in june, when for scores on scores of miles you wade knee deep among tiger lilies. What is the one charm wanting water? There is not a drop of water there