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Who, that has reason, and his smell,
Rather than all his spirits choke
And all th' uncleanness which does drown,
When Epicurus to the world had taught,
(And was, perhaps, i'th' right, if rightly understood),
And in a garden's shade that sovereign pleasure sought:
Whoever a true epicure would be,
May there find cheap and virtuous luxury.
Vitellius's table, which did hold
As many creatures as the ark of old;
That fiscal table, to which every day
All countries did a constant tribute pay,
Could nothing more delicious afford
Help'd with a-little art and industry,
Allows the meanest gardener's board.
The wanton taste no fish or fowl can choose,
For which the grape or melon she-would lose;
Though all th' inhabitants of sea and air
Be listed in the glutton's bill of fare,
sistcd all in mommery and madness; the latter being the chief glory of the worship, and accounted divine inspiration: this, I say, a severe man would think; though I dare not determine so far against Jo customary a part, now, of good-breeding. And yet, who is there among our gentry, that does not entertain a dancing-master for his children, as soon as they are able to walk? But, did ever any father provide a tutor for his son, to instruct him betimes in the nature and improvements of that land which he intended to leave him? "that is at least a superfluity, and this a defect, in our manner of education; and therefore I could wish (but cannot in these times much hope to see it) that one college in each university were erected, and appropriated to this study, as well as there are to medicine and the civil law : there would be no need of making a body of scholars and fellows, with certain endowments, a* in other colleges; it would suffice, if, after the man^ ner of halls in Oxford, there were only four professors constituted (for it would be too much work for only one master, or principal, as they rail him there) to teach these four parts of it: First, Aiation, and all things relating to it. Secondly, Pasturage. Thirdly, Gardens, Orchards, Vineyards, and Woods. Fourthly, all parts of Rural Oeconomy; which would contain the government of Bees, Swine, Poultry, Decoys, Ponds, &c. and all that which Varro calls " villaticas pastiones," together with the sports pf the field (which ought to be looked
Yet still the fruits of earth we see
But with no sense the garden does comply,
Though she on silver floors did tread,
Though she look'd up to roofs of gold,
And nought around her could behold
And wealthy Hiram's princely dye;
The honour and the prize of bravery
Better attir'd by nature's hand *. The case thus judg'd against the king we see, By one that would not be so rich, though wiser far than he.
• Matth. vi. 2S.
Nor does this happy place only dispense
Here health itself does live,
The tree of life, when it in Eden stood,
Nor will it thrive too every-where:
It always here is freshest seen;
T is only here an ever-green.
If, through the strong and beauteous fence
Of temperance and innocence, And wholesome labours, and a quiet mind, •
Any diseases passage find,
They must not think here to assail
Before they can prevail:
Scarce any plant is growing here, Which against death some weapon does not bear.
Let cities boast that they provide
For life the ornaments of pride;
But 't is the country and the field,
That furnish it with staff and shield.
Where docs the wisdom and the power divine
In a more bright and sweet reflection shine? /