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On day of Poetry Night, COF recommends S. Wordsworth

And opines on things preservationistic, poetic, and predictionistic.
Comments re article 48256 The Eubank springhouse well

By the COF, Guest literary/EPA critic,
Prof. of Poetics & Environmental Studies, UK, University of Knifley

Those of us schooled as young lads in the old schools and the old ways twere mandated (a popular word nowadays) to recite from memory Mr Sam Wordworth's tribute to a staple of his and our childhood "The Old Oaken Bucket." For enny of the young readers I highly recommend they find a copy.



A particular line calls to mind the rhapsody that Jim and you paint of the Eubank springhouse well: "I found it the source of an exquisite pleasure, the purest and sweetest that nature can yield."

However, some smart aleck (obviously a ancestor of today's nanny bureaucrats) penned a response under the same title and in the same meter that speaks to the impossibility of enjoying the best of nature's libations today. One stanza in particular stands out:
"Oh, had I but realized in time to avoid them
The dangers that lurked in that pestilent draft,
I'd have tested for organic germs and destroyed them
With potassic permanganate ere I had quaffed.
Or perchance I'd have boiled it, and afterward strained it
Through filters of charcoal and gravel combined;
Or after distillin, condensed and regained it
In potable form with its filth left behind.
Mr. Sam penned his ode in 1817 and I'm not sure when the EPA wannabe issued his response but I've found it in a collection of Poems of the American People dated 1936 so it was already famous by that time.

The point seems to be that enny future for the Eubank springhouse will be litigated, regulated, delayed and delayed again, and probably approved only as a picture and a short disapproving narrative of the ignorance of our forbearers.

Don't ya jest luv progress!

-COF at Dun Roman
Close to a number of delicious natural springs


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