from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See marsh.
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He could see by the light of the lantern, which he occasionally held aloft, that the long grass of the tide-marsh was already completely submerged, the immense flats looking like a sea, with the wind driving the water before it in long rolls, or catching it up and flirting it through the air in spray and foam.
In Talbot, besides ditch banks, head-lands, or margins of fields, and other rich highland soil, tide-marsh mud was accessible, and was largely used for the chief material of compost heaps.
And these tide-marsh lands, which, at first, were of the highest grade of productiveness, in a few years so rotted away, and were thereby so lowered in height of surface, and therefore made so moist, that they were no longer worth cultivating.
-- seems they took a boat to-day, to go ducking, and they're lost in the tide-marsh!
Before my first seeing any of these drained and durable swamp soils (near Lake Scuppernong,) I had supposed that they were almost wholly composed of vegetable matter, like the formerly embanked and drained tide-marsh lands of Virginia -- and that like these lands, and also the drained juniper swamp of the Dismal Swamp, that these would in like manner, when drained and tilled, rot away and waste, until sinking so low as to be worthless, though requiring much longer time to reach that evil conclusion.
They lost a boy in that tide-marsh a while back. "