Silenus

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I had gone to take a walk on a fine Sabbath afternoon. I had entered the Green by the gate at the foot of Charlotte street, and had passed the old washing house. I was thinking upon the engine at the time, and had gone as far as the herd's house, when the idea came into my mind that, as steam was an elastic body, it would rush into a vacuum, and, if a communication were made between the cylinder and an exhausted vessel, it would rush into it, and might be there condensed without cooling the cylinder. I then saw that I must get rid of the condensed steam and injection water if I used a jet, as in Newcomen's engine. Two ways of doing this occurred to me: First, the water might be run off by a descending pipe, if an off jet could be got at the depth of 35 or 36 feet, and any air might be extracted by a small pump. The second was, to make the pump large enough to extract both water and air. I had not walked farther than the Golf house, when the whole thing was arranged in my mind.

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he said you will not want to hear these words
he had a lot to say
he said you better had been born a bird
he said you better had been born a stone
he said no longer is the earth your home
he said the weather gives you back your due
he said the weather turns its back on you

the very thought had never crossed my mind
i didn't say a thing
there wasn't supposed to be a second time
we had a promise it was sealed and signed
there was a promise it was bread and wine
and all my children have nowhere to go
who'll buy us out this time well i don't know

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from Oil and Water, released December 1, 2008

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