There rise authors now and then, who seem proof against the mutability of language, because they have rooted themselves in the unchanging principles of human nature. They are like gigantic trees that we sometimes see on the banks of a stream; which, by their vast and deep roots, penetrating through the mere surface, and laying hold on the very foundations of the earth, preserve the soil around them from being swept away by the ever-flowing current, and hold up many a neighboring plant, and perhaps worthless weed, to perpetuity.

Washington Irving (1783-1859) American author [pseud. for Geoffrey Crayon]
“The Mutabilities of Literature,” The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-20)

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