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The Thread of Gold

(1905)
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Excerpt from The Thread of Gold

I Sate to-day, in a pleasant hour, at a place called The Seven Springs, high up in a green valley of the Cotswold hills. Close beside the road, seven clear rills ripple out into a small pool, and the air is musical with the sound of running water. Above me, in a little thicket, a full-fed thrush sent out one long-drawn cadence after another, in the joy of his heart, while the lengthening shadows of bush and tree crept softly over the pale sward of the old pasture-lands, in the westering light of the calm afternoon.

These springs are the highest head-waters of the Thames, and that fact is stated in a somewhat stilted Latin hexameter carved on a stone of the wall beside the pool. The so-called Thames-head is in a meadow down below Cirencester, where a deliberate engine pumps up, from a hidden well, thousands of gallons a day of the purest water, which begins the service of man at once by helping to swell the scanty flow of the Thames and Severn Canal. But The Seven Springs are the highest hill-fount of Father Thames for all that, streaming as they do from the eastward ridge of the great oolite crest of the downs that overhang Cheltenham.

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Hardback Editions

September 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Thread of Gold
Author(s): Arthur Christopher Benson
ISBN: 1-4344-9206-0 / 978-1-4344-9206-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The Thread of Gold (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Arthur Christopher Benson
ISBN: 1-330-67919-9 / 978-1-330-67919-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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April 2015 : Paperback
Title: The Thread of Gold
Author(s): Arthur Christopher Benson
ISBN: 1-5116-7842-9 / 978-1-5116-7842-1
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: The Thread of Gold
Author(s): Arthur Christopher Benson
ISBN: 1-289-45339-X / 978-1-289-45339-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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February 2012 : Paperback
Title: The Thread of Gold (TREDITION CLASSICS)
Author(s): Arthur Christopher Benson
ISBN: 3847217607 / 978-3847217602
Publisher: tredition
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Thread of Gold
Author(s): Arthur Christopher Benson
ISBN: 1-142-19484-1 / 978-1-142-19484-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: The Thread of Gold
Author(s): Arthur Christopher Benson
ISBN: 1-4344-9112-9 / 978-1-4344-9112-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
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