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In fiery whirls ; full of victorious thoughts, Torn and dismembered, they aloft expire.

Soud through the air ; their fancy represents His mortal talons, and his ravenous beak Destructive ; glad to shun his hostile gripe, They quit their thefts, and unfrequent the fields.


Besides, the filthy swine will oft invade Thy firm enclosure, and with delving snout The rooted forest undermine : forthwith Alloo thy furious mastiff, bid him vex The noxious herd, and print upon their ears A sad memorial of their past offence.

SNAILS IN THE ORCHARD. The flagrant Pro on will not fail to bring Large shoals of slow, house-bearing snails, that creep O'er the ripe fruitage, paring slimy tracts In the sleek rinds, and unpressed cider drink. No art averts this pest ; on thee it lies, With morning and with evening hand, to rid The preying reptiles ; nor, if wise, wilt thou Decline this labor, which itself rewards With pleasing gain, whilst the warm limbec draws Salubrious waters from the nocent brood.



Now turn thine eye to view Alcinous' Groves, The pride of the Phæacian isle, from whence, Sailing the spaces of the boundless deep, To Ariconium precious fruits arrived : The Pippin burnished o'er with gold, the Moilo Of sweetest honeyed taste, the fair Permain, Tempered, like comeliest nymph, with red and white. Salopian acres flourish with a growth Peculiar, styled the Ottley: be thou first This apple to transplant ; if to the name Its merit answers, nowhere shalt thou find A wine more prized, or laudable of taste. Nor does the Eliot least deserve thy care, Nor John-apple, whose withered rind, intrenched With many a furrow, aptly represents Decrepid age ; nor that from Harvey named, Quick-relishing : why should we sing the Thrist, Codling, or Pomroy, or of pimpled coat The Russet, or the Cat's-head's weighty orb, Enormous in its growth ; for various use Though these are meet, though after full repast Are oft required, and crown the rich dessert ?


Myriads of wasps now also clustering hang, And drain a spurious honey from thy groves, Their winter food ; though oft repulsed, again They rally, undismayed : but fraud with ease Ensnares the noisome swarms ; let every bough Bear frequent vials, pregnant with the dregs Of Moyle, or Mum, or treacle's viscous juice ; They, by the alluring odor drawn, in haste Fly to the dulcet cates, and, crowding, sip Their palatable bane ; joyful thou 'lt see The clammy surface all o'erstrewn with tribes Of greedy insects, that, with fruitless toil, Flap filmy pennons oft, to extricate Their feet, in liquid shackles bound, till death Bereave them of their worthless souls : such doom Waits luxury, and lawless love of gain !


BOS BURY. What though the pear-tree rival not the worth Of Ariconian products ? yet her freight Is not contemned, yet her wide-branching arms Best screen thy mansion from the fervent Dog Adverse to life; the wintry hurricanes In vain employ their roar, her trunk unmoved Breaks the strong onset, and controls their rage. Chiefly the Bosbury, whose large increase, Annual, in sumptuous banquets claims applause. Thrice acceptable beverage ! could but art Subdue the floating lee, Pomona's self Would dread thy praise, and shun the dubious strife. Be it thy choice, when Summer hoats annoy, To sit beneath her leafy canopy, Quaffing rich liquids ; 0! how sweet to enjoy At once her fruits and hospitable shade!



ROT AND WORMS IN APPLES. - MILITARY MIXES. Howe'er thou mayst forbid external force, Intestine evils will prevail ; damp airs, And rainy winters, to the centre pierce Of firmest fruits, and by unseen decay The proper relish vitiate : then the grub Oft unobserved invades the vital core, Pernicious tenant, and her secret cave Enlarges hourly, preying on the pulp Ceaseless ; meanwhile the apple's outward form Delectable the witless swain beguiles, Till, with a writhen mouth, and spattering noise, He tastes the bitter morsel, and rejects Disrelished ; not with the less surprise, than when Embattled troops with flowing banners pass Through flowery meads delighted, nor distrust The smiling surface ; whilst the caverned ground, With grain incentive stored, by sudden blaze Bursts fatal, and involves the hopes of war

But how with equal numbers shall we match The Musk's surpassing worth ! that earliest gives Sure hopes of racy wine, and in its youth, Its tender nonage, loads the spreading boughs With large and juicy offspring, that defies The vernal nippings, and cold sideral blasts ! Yet let her to the Red-streak yield, that once Was of the sylvan kind, uncivilized, Of no regard, till Scudamore's skilful hand Improved her, and by courtly discipline Taught her the savage nature to forget : Hence styled the Scudamorean plant ; whose wine

Whoever tastes, let him with grateful heart


Respect that ancient loyal house, and wish
The noble peer, that now transcends our hopes Nor are the hills unamiable, whose tops
In early worth, his country's justest pride,

To heaven aspire, affording prospect sweet
Uninterrupted joy, and health entire.

To human ken; nor at their feet the vales

Descending gently, where the lowing herd THE RED-STREAK APPLE THE BEST OF APPLES ; ITS PRAISE.

Chews verdurous pasture ; nor the yellow fields Let every tree in every garden own

Gayly interchanged, with rich variety," The Red-streak as supreme ; whose pulpous fruit Pleasing, as when an emerald green, enchased With gold irradiate, and vermilion, shines

In flamy gold, from the bright mass acquires Tempting, not fatal, as the birth of that

A nobler hue, more delicate to sight. Primeval, interdicted plant, that won

Next add the sylvan sbades, and silent groves, Fond Eve in hapless hour to taste, and die.

Haunt of the Druids, wbence the hearth is sed This, of more bounteous influence, inspires

With copious fuel ; whence the sturdy oak, Poetic raptures, and the lowly muse

A prince's refuge once, the eternal guard Kindles to loftier strains ; even I perceive

Of England's throne, by sweating peasants felled, Her sacred virtue. See! the numbers flow

Stems the vast main, and bears tremendous war Easy, whilst, cheered with her nectareous juice, To distant nations, or with sovereign sway Hers and my country's praises I exalt.

Awes the divided world to peace and love. Hail Herefordian plant, that does disdain

Why should the Chalybes or Bilboa boast
All other fields ! Heaven's sweetest blessing, hail ! Their hardened iron ; when our mines produce
Be thou the copious matter of my song,

As perfect martial ore ? Can Tmolus' head
And thy choice nectar ; on which always waits Vie with our saffron odors ? or the fleece
Laughter, and sport, and care-beguiling wit, Bætic, or finest Tarentine, compare
And friendship, chief delight of human life.

With Lemster's silken wool?
What should we wish for more? or why, in quest

THE MEN OF WEST-ENGLAND; THE SILCRES TRIBE ; BRYDGES ; Of foreign vintage, insincere, and mixed,

THE CHANDOS FAMILY. Traverse the extremost world? Why tempt the rage

Where shall we find Of the rough ocean? when our native glebe

Men more undaunted, for their country's weal Imparts, from bounteous womb, annual recruits

More prodigal of life? In ancient days, Of wine delectable, that far surmounts

The Roman legions and great Cæsar found Gallic or Latin grapes, or those that see

Our fathers no mean foes : and Cressy plains, The setting sun near Calpe's towering height.

And Agincourt, deep-tinged with blood, confess

What the Silures' vigor unwithstood

Could do in rigid fight; and chiefly what
Nor let the Rhodian, nor the Lesbian vines,

Brydges' wide-wasting hand, first gartered knight, Vaunt their rich must, nor let Tokay contend

Puissant author of great Chandos' stem, For sovereignty ; Phanæus' self must bow

High Chandos, that transmits paternal worth, To the Ariconian vales : and shall we doubt

Prudence, and ancient prowess, and renown, To improve our vegetable wealth, or let

To his noble offspring. O thrice happy peer! The soil lie idle, which, with fit manure,

That, blest with hoary vigor, view'st thyself Will largest usury repay, alone

Fresh blooming in thy generous son ; whose lips, Empowered to supply what nature asks

Flowing with nervous eloquence exact, Frugal, or what nice appetite requires ?

Charm the wise senate, and attention win The meadows here, with battening ooze enriched,

In deepest councils : Ariconium, pleased, Give spirit to the grass ; three cubits high

Him, as her chosen worthy, first salutes. The jointed herbage shoots; the unfallowed glebe

Him on the Iberian, on the Gallic shore, Yearly o'ercomes the granaries with store

Him hardy Dritons bless ; his faithful hand Of golden wheat, the strength of human life.

Conveys new courage from afar, nor more Lo, on auxiliary poles, the hops,

The general's conduct than his care avails. Ascending spiral, ranged in meet array !

THE CECIL FAMILY ; ALTERENNIS ; ALDRICH ; BURLEIGH ; Lo, how the arable with barley grain

HANMER; BROMLEY ; WINTON. Stands thick, o'ershadowed, to the thirsty hind Thee also, glorious branch of Cecil's line, Transporting prospect! These, as modern use This country claims ; with pride and joy to thee Ordains, infused, an auburn drink compose,

Thy Alterennis calls : yel she endures Wholesome, of deathless fame. Here, to the sight, Patient thy absence, since thy prudent choice Apples of price, and plenteous sheaves of corn, Has fixed thee in the muse's fairest seat, Oft interlaced occur, and both imbibe

Where Aldrich reigns, and from his endless store Fitting congenial juice ; so rich the soil,

Of universal knowledge still supplies So much does fructuous moisture o'er-abound! His noble care ; he generous thoughts instils

Of true nobility, their country's love
(Chief end of life), and forms their ductile minds
To human irtues : by his genius led,
Thou soon in every art preeminent
Shalt grace this isle, and rise to Burleigh's fame.

Hail, high-born peer! And thou, great nurse of arts,
And men, from whence conspicuous patriots spring,
Hanmer, and Bronley ; thou, to whom with due
Respect Wintonia bows, and joyful owns
Thy mitred offspring ; be forever blest
With like examples, and to future times,
Proficuous, such a race of men produce,
As, in the cause of virtue firm, may fix
Her throne inviolate. Hear, ye gods, this vow
From one, the meanest in her numerous train ;
Though meanest, not least studious of her praise.

The female sex, with sweet attractive airs,
Subdue obdurate hearts. The travellers oft,
That view their matchless forms with transient

Catch sudden love, and sigh for nymphs unknown,
Smit with the magic of their eyes : nor hath
The Dædal hand of nature only poured
Her gifts of outward grace ; their innocence
Unfeigned, and virtue most engaging, free
From pride, or artifice, long joys afford
To the honest nuptial bed, and in the wane
Of life rebate the miseries of age.


Muse, raise thy voice to Beaufort's spotless fame, To Beaufort, in a long descent derived From royal ancestry, of kingly rights Faithful asserters : in him centring meet Their glorious virtues, high desert from pride Disjoined, unshaken honor, and contempt Of strong allurements. O, illustrious prince ! 0, thou of ancient faith! Exulting, thee In her fair list this happy land inrolls.


Who can refuse a tributary verse To Weymouth, firmest friend of slighted worth In evil days ? whose hospitable gate, Unbarred to all, invites a numerous train of daily guests; whose board, with plenty crowned, Revives the feast-rites old : meanwhile his care Forgets not the afflicted, but, content In acts of secret goodness, shuns the praise, That gure attends. Permit me, bounteous lord, To blazon what though hid will beauteous shine ; And with thy name to dignify my song.

WOMAN'S LOVE AND WOMAN'S FRIENDSHIP. And is there found a wretch, so base of mind, That woman's powerful beauty dares condemn, Exactest work of heaven? He ill deserves Or love, or pity ; friendless let him see Uneasy, tedious days, despised, forlorn, As stain of human race : but may the man, That cheerfully recounts the females' praise, Find equal love, and love's untainted sweets Enjoy with honor. O, ye gods! might I Elect my fate, my happiest choice should be A fair and modest virgin, that invites With aspect chaste, forbidding loose desire, Tenderly smiling ; in whose heavenly eye Sits purest love enthroned: but if the stars Malignant these my better hopes oppose, May I, at least, the sacred pleasure know Of strictest amity ; nor ever want A friend, with whom I mutually may share Gladness, and anguish, by kind intercourse Of speech and offices. THE LADY TREVOR ; THE AUTHOR'S FRIEND IN SICKNESS.

May in my mind Indelible a grateful sense remain Of favors undeserved !-( thou ! from whom Gladly both rich and low seek aid ; most wise Interpreter of right, whose gracious voice Breathes equity, and curbs too rigid law With mild, impartial reason ; what returns Of thanks are due to thy beneficence Freely vouchsafed, when to the gates of death I tended prone? If thy indulgent care Had not prevened, among unbodied shades I now had wandered ; and these empty thoughts Of apples perished : but, upraised by thee, I tune my pipe afresh, each night and day, Thy unoxampled goodness to extol Desirous ; but nor night nor day suffice For that great task ; the highly honored name Of Trevor must employ my willing thoughts Incessant, dwell forever on my tongue.


But who is he, that on the winding stream Or Vaga first drew vital breath, and now Approved in Anna's secret councils sits, Weighing the sum of things, with wise forecast Solicitous of public good? How large His mind, that comprehends whate'er was known To old, or present time"; yet not elate, Not conscious of its skill? What praise deserves His liberal hand, that gathers but to give, Preventing suit ? 0, not unthankful muse, Him lowly reverence, that first deigned to hear Thy pipe, and screened thee from opprobrious tongues. Acknowledge thy own Harley, and his name Inscribe on every bark; the wounded plants Will fast increase, faster thy just respect.



Such are our heroes, by their virtues known, Or skill in peace and war : of softer mould,

1 Advantageous.

Let me be grateful, but let far from me Be fawning cringe, and false, dissembling look, And servile flattery, that harbors oft In courts and gilded roofs. Some loose the bands

And how to improve his grounds, and how himself :
Best poet ! fit exemplar for the tribe
Of Phæbus, nor less fit Mæonides,
Poor, eyeless pilgrim! and if after these,
If after these another I may name,
Thus tender Spenser lived, with mean repast
Content, depressed by penury, and pined
In foreign realm : yet not debased his verse
By fortune's frowns. And had that other bard,
0, had but he that first ennobled song
With boly raptures, like his Abdiel been ;
'Mong many faithless, strictly faithful found ;
C'npitied, he should not have wailed his orbs,
That rolled in vain to find the piercing ray
And found no dawn, dim suffusion veiled!
But he — however, let the muse abstain,
Nor blast his fame, from whom she learnt to sing
In much inferior strains, grovelling beneath
The Olympian hill, on plains and vales intent,
Mean follower. There let her rest a while,
Pleased with the fragrant walks, and cool retreat.

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Of ancient friendship, cancel Nature's laws
For pageantry, and tawdry gewgaws. Some
Renounce their sires, oppose paternal right
For rule and power; and others' realnis invade,
With specious shows of love. This traitorous wretch
Betrays his sovereign. Others, destitute
Of real zeal, to every altar bend,
By lucre swayed, and act the basest things
To be styled honorable.

The honest man,
Simple of heart, prefers inglorious want
To ill-got wealth ; rather from door to door
A jocund pilgrim, though distressed, he'll rove,
Than break his plighted faith ; nor fear, nor hope,
Will shock his steadfast soul ; rather debarred
Each common privilege, cut off from hopes
Of meanest gain, of present goods despoiled,
He'll bear the marks of infamy, contemned,
Unpitied ; yet his mind, of evil pure,
Supports him, and intention free from fraud.
If no retinue with observant eyes
Attend him, if he can't with purple stain
Of cumbrous vestments, labored o'er with gold,
Dazzle the crowd, and set them all agape ;
Yet clad in homely weeds, from envy's darts
Remote he lives, nor knows the nightly pangs
Of conscience, nor with spectres' grisly forms,
Demons, and injured souls, at close of day
Annoyed, sad interrupted slumbers finds.
But (as a child, whose inexperienced age
Nor evil purpose fears, nor knows) enjoys
Night's sweet refreshment, humid sleep, sincere.


When Chanticleer, with clarion shrill, recalls The tardy day, he to his labors hies Gladsome, intent on somewhat that may ease Unbealthy mortals, and with curious search Examines all the properties of herbs, Fossils, and minerals, that the embowelled earth Displays, if by his industry he can Ben'fit the human race : or else his thoughts Are exercised with speculations deep Of good, and just, and meet, and the wholesome rules Of temperance, and aught that may improve The moral life ; not sedulous to rail, Nor with envenomed tongue to blast the fame Of harınless men, or secret whispers spread, 'Mong faithful friends, to breed distrust and hate. Studious of virtue, he no life observes Except his own, his own employs his cares, Large subject ! that he labors to refine Daily, nor of his little stock denies Fit alms to Lazars, merciful, and meek.

VIRGIL'S LIFE ; HOMER'S, SPENSER'S, Milton's. Thus sacred Virgil lived, from courtly vice And baits of pompous Rome secure ; at court Still thoughtful of the rural honest life,


O Harcourt, whom the ingenuous love of arts
Has carried from thy native soil, beyond
The eternal Alpine snows, and now detains
In Italy's waste realms, how long must we
Lament thy absence? Whilst in sweet sojourn
Thou view'st the relics of old Rome ; or what
Unrivalled authors by their presence made
Forever venerable, rural seats,
Tibur, and Tusculum, or Virgil's urn
Green with immortal bays, which baply thou,

Respecting his great name, dost now approach | With bended knee, and strew with purple flowers ;

Unmindful of thy friends, that ill can brook
This long delay. At length, dear youth, return,
Of wit and judgment ripe in blooming years,
And Britain's isle with Latian knowledge grare.
Return, and let thy father's worth excite
Thirst of preeminence ; see! how the cause
Of widows and of orphans he asserts
With winning rhetoric and well-argued law!

Mark well his footsteps, and, like him, deserve | Thy prince's favor, and thy country's love.



Meanwhile (although the Massic grape delights,
Pregnant of racy juice, and Formian hills
Temper thy cups, yet) wilt not thou reject
Thy native liquors : lo! for thee my mill
Now grinds choice apples, and the British vats
O’erflow with generous cider ; far remote
Accept this labor, nor despise the muse,
That, passing lands and seas, on thee attends.

Thus far of trees : the pleasing task remains,
To sing of wines, and Autumn's blest increase.

Rounding, capacious of the juicy horde.
Nor must thou not be mindful of thy press
Long ere the vintage ; but with timely care
Shave the goat's shaggy beard, lest thou too late
In vain shouldst seek a strainer, to dispart
The husky, terrene dregs, from purer must.

The effects of art are shown, yet what avails
'Gainst heaven? Oft, notwithstanding all thy care
To help thy plants, when the small fruitery seems
Exempt from ills, an orient blast
Disastrous flies, soon as the hind, fatigued,
Unyokes his team ; the tender freight, unskilled
To bear the hot disease, distempered pines
In the year's prime, the deadly plague annoys
The wide enclosure ; think not vainly now
To treat thy neighbors with mellifluous cups,
Thus disappointed : if the former years
Exhibit no supplies, alas ! thou must
With tasteless water wash thy droughty throat.



A thousand accidents the farmer's hopes Subvert or check ; uncertain all his toil, Till lusty Autumn's lukewarm days, allayed With gentle colds, insensibly confirm His ripening labors : Autumn to the fruits Earth's various lap produces vigor gives Equal, intenerating milky grain, Berries, and sky-dyed plums, and what in coat Rough, or soft rind, or bearded husk, or shell ; Fat olives, and Pistacio's fragrant nut, And the pine's tasteful apple : Autumn paints Ausonian hills with grapes, whilst English plains Blush with pomaceous harvests, breathing sweets. THE ORCHARD IN AUTUMN ; ITS FRAGRANCE ; THE LARK.

O let me now, when the kind early dew Unlocks the embosomed odors, walk among The well-ranged files of trees, whose full-aged stores Diffuse ambrosial steams, than myrrh or nard More grateful, or perfuming flowery bean ! Soft whispering airs, and the lark's matin song, Then woo to musing, and becalm the mind Perplexed with irksome thoughts. Thrice happy time, Best portion of the various year, in which Nature rejoiceth, smiling on her works Lovely, to full perfection wrought! but, ah, Short are our joys, and neighboring griefs disturb Our pleasant hours.

Be cautious next a proper steed to find, Whose prime is past ; the vigorous horse disdains Such servile labors, or, if forced, forgets His past achievements, and victorious palms. Blind Bayard rather, worn with work and years, Shall roll the unwieldy stone ; with sober pace He 'll tread the circling path till dewy eve, From early day-spring, pleased to find his age Declining, not unuseful to his lord. HOW TO DISPOSE OF THE APPLE-CHEESE ; FOR A SECOND

PRESSING; FOR MANURE. Some, when the press, by utmost vigor screwed, Has drained the pulpous mass, regale their swine With the dry refuse ; thou, more wise, shalt steep Thy husks in water, and again employ The ponderous engine. Water will imbibe The small remains of spirit, and acquire A vinous flavor ; this the peasants blithe Will quaff, and whistle, as thy tinkling team They drive, and sing of Fusca's radiant eyes, Pleased with the medley draught. Nor shalt thou now Reject the apple-cheese, though quite exhaust; Even now 't will cherish and improve the roots Of sickly plants ; new vigor hence conveyed Will yield an harvest of unusual growth. Such profit springs from husks discreetly used !




Inclement Winter dwells Contiguous ; forthwith frosty blasts deface The blithesome year : trees of their shrivelled fruits Are widowed, dreary storms o'er all prevail. Now, now's the time ; ere hasty guns forbid To work, disburthen thou thy sapless wood Of its rich progeny ; the turgid fruit Abounds with mellow liquor ; now exhort Thy hinds to exercise the pointed steel On the hard rock, and give a wheely form To the expected grinder.

The tender apples, from their parents rent, By stormy shocks must not neg lie, The prey of worms : a frugal man I knew, Rich in one barren acre, which, subdued By endless culture, with sufficient must His casks replenished yearly : be no more Desired, nor wanted, diligent to learn The various seasons, and by skill repel Invading pests, successful in his cares, Till the damp Libyan wind, with tempests armed Outrageous, blustered horrible amidst His cider-grove : o'erturned by furious blasts, The sightly ranks fall prostrate, and around Their fruitage scattered, from the genial boughs Stript immature : yet did he not repine, Nor curse his stars ; but, prudent, his fallen heaps Collecting, cherished with the tepid wreaths Of tedded grass, and the sun's mellowing beams Rivalled with artful heats, and thence procured A costly liquor, by improving time Equalled with what the happiest vintage bears.


Now prepare


Materials for thy mill, a sturdy post Cylindric, to support the grinder's weight Excessive, and a flexile sallow, intrenched,


But this I warn thee, and shall alway warn, No heterogeneous mixtures use, as some


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