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vol.1 p.94
the soil of the country, clay, or mud; and give a correspondent tinge to the water.
In some things the fen and the pool agree. They both take every thing in, and let nothing out. Each of them is in summer a sink of putrefaction; and the receptacle of all those unclean, misshapen forms in animal life, which breed and batten in the impurities of stagnation;

Where putrefaction into life ferments,
And breathes destructive myriads.
Very different is the origin of the lake. It's magnificent, and marble bed, formed in the caverns, and deep recesses of rocky mountains, received originally the pure pellucid waters of some rushing torrent, as it came first from the hand of nature - arrested it's course, till the spacious, and splendid bason was filled brimfull; and then discharged the stream, unsullied, and undiminished, through some winding vale, to form other lakes, or increase the dignity of some imperial river. Here no impurities find entrance, either of animal, or of vegetable life:

----- Non illic canna palustris,
Nec sterilis ulvae, nec acuta cuspide junci.
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