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References in classic literature ?
now tell me (for thou canst) A tale -- a pretty tale -- and heed thou not Though it be rife with woe: It answers me.
Over the space of a week I travelled around the country and saw villages without access to water, where disease can be rife and people can take great risks to get clean drinking water.
Disease would be rife, and the country certainly has enough of those right now.