Bread I dip in the river

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yan_shams

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Russian - Belarus
Hi guys. Could you explain what the expression bread I dip in the river means? I stumbled upon it while reading 'The Vagabond' by Robert Lous Stevenson (her's the link: Scottish Poetry Selection - The Vagabond).

To put it in context,

Give to me the life I love,
Let the lave go by me,
Give the jolly heaven above
And the byway nigh me.
Bed in the bush with stars to see,
Bread I dip in the river
There's the life for a man like me;
There's the life for ever.
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    He's asking to be allowed to spend his life on the road. He would be happy to eat dry bread that he softens by dipping in the river.

    Edit: The word river could also mean any body of water that he finds.
     
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    yan_shams

    Senior Member
    Russian - Belarus
    Why didn't I think of this?:) For some reason, I thought it was an idiom. Now it's clear to me.
    Thank you, Barque, for your explanation.
     
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