|Sweet Water, Best Bread
Bread, kneaded with rainwater,
failing that, with pure light thin
fountain water that arises in the east
and flows forever eastward, failing
that, water from a quick-running spring
from flinty, chalky, gravelly ground,
failing that, water from the longest river
you can find, failing that, muddy, still,
thick water left to settle for a day or two,
or even well-water lifted in dark old stone
cisterns ~ and if nature won't afford you
these your purest water must then be had
by art at infinite cost, and in rudiments.
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