Take almost any path you please, and ten to one
it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there
by a pool in the stream.
There is magic in it.
Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged
in his deepest reveries--stand that man on his legs,
set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you
to water, if water there be in all that region.
Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert,
try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied
with a metaphysical professor.
Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water
are wedded forever.
–Herman MelvilleMoby Dick, 1851