Where they waited till they should be dried away to nothing.

from Thomas Hardy – Tess of the D'Urbervilles Chapter 14: "Maiden No More" Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

England stays moist (especially Hardy’s “Wessex” — his made-up name for the countryside surrounding Cambridge University)

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