A small country has fewer people.
Though there are machines that can work ten to a hundred times faster
than man, they are not needed.
The people take death seriously and do not travel far.
Though they have boats and carriage, no one uses them.
Though they have armour and weapons, no one displays them.
Men return to the knotting of rope in place of writing.
Their food is plain and good, their clothes fine but simple,
their homes secure;
They are happy in their ways.
Though they live within sight of their neighbours,
And crowing cocks and barking dogs are heard across the way,
Yet they leave each other in peace while they grow old and die.
Old English growan (of plants) "to grow, flourish, increase, develop, get bigger" (class VII strong verb; past tense greow , past participle growen ), from Proto-Germanic *gro- (cf. Old Norse groa , Old Frisian groia , Dutch groeien , Old High German gruoen ), from PIE root *ghre- (see grass ). Applied in Middle English to human beings () and animals (early 15c.) and their parts, supplanting Old English weaxan (see wax (v.)). Have you ever heard anything about God, Topsy? ... Do you know who made you?" "Nobody, as I knows on," said the child... "I spect I grow'd. Don't think nobody never made me." [Harriet B. Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," 1851]