The Crystal Drop

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Thread of Gold

Arthur Christopher Benson (1907)

 

Sometimes the water-drop glides in the sun among mossy ledges, or lingers by the edge of the copse, where the hazels lean together ; but sometimes it is darkened and polluted, so that it would seem that the  foul oozings that infect it could never be purged away.

But the turbid elements, the scum, the mud, the slime—each of which, after all, have their place in the vast economy of things—float and sink to their destined abode ; and the crystal drop, released and purified, runs joyfully onwards in its appointed way.

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