Published in Puck of Pook's Hill (1906) with the last story, "The Treasure and the Law".
The poem takes as its starting point this passage from Genesis Chapter 2, verses 10-15, in the Old Testament. :
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.The Fifth River is the secret river of gold, which all men seek. In the story Kadmiel, the Jewish financier, throws a great treasure into the sea, lest it fall into the hands of King John. In consequence the King is forced to yield to the demand of the Barons for arbitrary royal powers to be curbed. See also "The Runes on Weland's Sword".
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