The brook is nearly dry, the drying rushes perish in the mud; the air is burning, and far from the steep embankments a thin clear streamlet flows upon the sand.
There it is from morn to night that little naked children come to play. They bathe, no higher than their calves, so sunken is the stream.
But they tramp in the current and often slip upon the rocks, and little boys throw water upon little laughing girls.
And when a company of passing merchants leads down their great white cattle to the sink, they cross their hands behind them, and watch the heavy beasts.