"As when old father Nilus gins to swell With timely pride above the Aegyptian vale, His fattie waves do fertile slime outwell." What does this quote mean? 

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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"Old father Nilus" refers to the Nile River in Egypt (Aegyptus). The river floods every year and deposits rich soil on the land ("the fertile slime outwell). Likewise, when the creature Error spews her poisons all sorts of foul things spring up.