Able was I
to raise myself from water
to dry land.1
Swept along by the great flood,
1. A standard image for the practice is that of making one’s way across a river from its dangerous near shore to the safety of the further shore. For other uses of this image, see SN 35:197, AN 4:5, AN 7:15, and Sn 5.
2. The four noble truths.