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Not thraldom, in fit liberty secure.
Hail, mighty Queen! reserved by fate to grace The new
w-born age. What hopes may we conceive Of future years, when to thy early reign Neptune submits his trident; and thy arms Already have prevail'd to the utmost bound Hesperian, Calpe, by Alcides fix’d, Mountain sublime! that casts a shade of length Immeasurable, and rules the inland waves ! Let others, with insatiate thirst of rule, Invade their neighbours' lands; neglect the ties Of leagues and oaths; this thy peculiar praise Be still, to study right and quell the force Of kings perfidious: let them learn from thee That neither strength, nor policy refined, Shall with success be crown'd where justice fails.
Thoù, with thy own content, not for thyself
Auspicious Queen! since in thy realms secure
Thus shall the nations awed to peace extol
Thus from the noisy crowd exempt, with ease And plenty bless'd, amid the mazy groves, (Sweet solitude !) where warbling birds provoke The silent Muse, delicious rural seat
Of Saint John, English Memmius, I presumed
- Viscount Bolingbroke; then Secretary of War.
arguinent, Subject proposed.--Address to the natives of Herefordshire.
-Dedication to Mr. Mostyn.-Situation for an orchard. Soil.- Places famous for their Cider.--King Ethelbert murdered by Offa, at Sutton Walls.--Account of MarcleyHill being moved.-A soil not rich enough for apples will suit pears.- Very poor land will serve to support sheep and geese.—Goats browse on the steepest mountains of Wales.-_Dangerous practice of gathering samphire from rocks that bang over the sea. The most barren land may be improved, so as to be made capable of some produce. In very hot summers, trenches should be dug round appletrees, and filled with water; a long continuance of hot weather being unfavourable to the fruit. — The unhealtbiness of hot seasons.-Extreme heat of the summer in the year 1705.-Death of Miss Winchcomh.-Heat, a cause of earthquakes. -Destruction of Ariconium.--Some different sorts of trees and plants will flourish well, when planted near together; but others will not.-—What sorts of trees may be planted near the apple-tree, without injuring it: and what are noxious to it.-Grafting.–Different stocks proper for different sorts of fruit.-- In the plantation of orchards, ornament as well as profit may be attended to; and the different kinds of apple-trees may be intermixed with taste, so as to produce a pleasing effect. - Virgil has finely diversified his Georgics by introducing several beautiful digressions and descriptions.-Grafting, budding, pruning, to be learned by experience.—Many discoveries, the result of experience.—The barometer.Tobacco first discovered.-Beneficial effects and pleasure of smoking tobacco.— The microscope.—Kernels of apples dissected and viewed in the microscope.--Industry recommended.-Pruning of apple-trees.-Trees, when too much loaded with fruit, should have their crops thinned.-Birds should be frightened from fruit-trees, pigs kept out of orchards, and wasps and snails destroyed.—No care is safficient to secure fruit from grubs.-Ladicrous description of a person tasting a fair-looking, grub-eaten apple.—The garden of Alcinous.- Different sorts of apples.- Pears.The musk apple. The red-streak apple, cultivated and improved by the first Lord Scudamore.—Compliment to his great-grandson.—Excellence of red-streak Cider. The Poet, inspired by it, sings its praises, and those of its native country.--General fertility of Herefordshire.--Its hops, prospects, iron, saffron, wool.-Its natives famous for valour; distinguished at the battles of Cressy and Agincourt ;-particularly the ancestor of the noble family of Chandos.--Compliment to Lord Chandos, and his son : to Lord Salisbury: and to Aldrich, Dean of Christchurch.University of Oxford.—Sir Thomas Hanmer.—Mr. Bromley.--Mew, Bishop of Winchester.—Duke of Beaufort.Lord Weymouth.-Harley, Secretary of State.—Beauty of Herefordshire females.-Love.-Friendship.-—Trevor, Chief Justice.- Panegyric on sincerity ;- -on virtue in general.-Amiableness of Virgil's character.-Homer, Spenser, Milton ;-censured for his politics, but extolled for his poetry, of which the Author professes himself an humble imitator.