Excerpt from An Original Year
It veers from the north to the south, but soon comes back to the north again. It is always blowing out of one of the same old quarters. It travels everlastingly round the same old circle.
The rivers ﬂow into the sea. All of them do this, they keep doing it all the time but what does it amount to? The sea is never full. The sea sends back the water to the hills, and the water ﬂows to the sea again. The ancients supposed that the sea found its way back through subterranean channels, bubbling up in springs and descending in rivers to the sea again. We know that the sea goes into the clouds, falls upon hill and plain, and then runs to the ocean-bed again. But it is the same old circuit, whether you view it as an ancient or a modern.
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