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- 1841, James Fenimore Cooper, The Deerslayer, chapter 2:
- On a level with the point lay a broad sheet of water, so placid and limpid that it resembled a bed of the pure mountain atmosphere.
- 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2 ("The Ancient Monk"), chapter 1 ("Jocelin of Brakelond"):
- Jocelin's Monk-Latin is generally transparent, as shallow limpid water.
- 1855, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha, Book I: The Peace-Pipe
- Clear above them flowed the water, // Clear and limpid from the footprints // Of the Master of Life descending;
- 1870, Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, chapter IV:
- Her limpid blue eyes were fixed upon me, her semi-transparent hands were clasped together, pallor overspread her aquiline features, and, though encouraged to proceed, she never did proceed a word further.
- 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, chapter XIV:
- Tom stirred up the other pirates and they all clattered away with a shout, and in a minute or two were stripped and chasing after and tumbling over each other in the shallow limpid water of the white sandbar.
- 1902, Rudyard Kipling, “The Elephant's Child”, in Just So Stories:
- Then the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake scuffled down from the bank and said, 'My young friend, if you do not now, immediately and instantly, pull as hard as ever you can, it is my opinion that your acquaintance in the large-pattern leather ulster' (and by this he meant the Crocodile) 'will jerk you into yonder limpid stream before you can say Jack Robinson.'
- 1904, L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz, chapter 13:
- "I must have lived fully three years in that secluded school-house hearth," said he, "drinking thirstily of the ever-flowing fount of limpid knowledge before me."
1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad:
- Nothing could be more business-like than the construction of the stout dams, and nothing more gently rural than the limpid lakes, with the grand old forest trees marshalled round their margins like a veteran army that had marched down to drink, only to be stricken motionless at the water’s edge.
- 1915, W.S. Maugham, "Of Human Bondage":
- His grandiloquence amused Philip, but he was sensitive to rhetoric; and he listened with pleasure while Athelny, with picturesque expressions and the fire of a real enthusiasm, described to him the rich delight of reading Don Quixote in the original and the music, romantic, limpid, passionate, of the enchanting Calderon.