From "A River View" [Signs and Seasons]
"A small river or stream flowing by one's door has many
attractions over a large body of water like the Hudson.
One can make a companion of it; he can walk with it and
sit with it, or lounge on its banks, and feel that it is
all his own. It becomes something private and special to
him. You cannot have the same kind of attachment and
sympathy with a great river; it does not flow through
your affections like a lesser stream."
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