Where there are no reeds, it is the worst of all poverty
Reed is a common name for several tall, grass-like plants of wetlands.
- Nance sees into the heart of the Land as if it were a split reed.
- Those tall flowering-reeds which stand,
In Arno like a sheaf of sceptres, left
By some remote dynasty of dead gods.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh (1856), Book VII, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 660.
- Where there are no reeds, it is the worst of all poverty.