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YARDLE Y-OAK.

STABAT IN NIS INGENS ANNOSO ROBORE QUERCUS ;

UNA NEMUS

Ovid Metamorph : Lib. 8.

WILLIAM AITON,

OF KEW, ESQR. F. L. S

THE FOLLOWING

XXQUISITE FRAGMENT.

OF A

POEM,

ON A VEGETABLE SUBJECT,

IS INSCRIBED

AS A MARK OF AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE,

BY HIS SINCERE FRIEND

THE EDITOR.

TO THE

POEM ON YARDLEY-O AK.

As many readers may be curious to learn some lo. cal particulars relating to an English Oak, that can never cease to attract admiration in the poetry of Cowper, I endeavour to gratify their curiosity, by imparting to them the intelligence I have received from my friend, Dr. Johnson, the kinsman of the poet. I transcribe for this purpose the following passage from one of his Letters.

January 6, 1804.

Among our dear Cozper's papers, I found the following memorandum

YARDLEY OAK IN GIRTH,

Feet 22, Inches 61
THE OAK AT YARDLEY LODGE,

Feet 28, Inches 5.

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