A Plain and Easy Introduction to the Knowledge and Practice of Gardening: With Hints on Fish-ponds

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F. C. and J. Rivington, 1813 - Fish ponds - 448 pages

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Page 4 - I look upon the pleasure which we take in a garden, as one of the most innocent delights in human life. A garden was the habitation of our first parents before the fall. It is naturally apt to fill the mind with calmness and tranquillity, and to lay all its turbulent passions at rest. It gives us a great insight into the contrivance and wisdom of Providence, and suggests innumerable subjects for meditation.
Page 3 - Dioclesian walk In the Salonian garden's noble shade, Which by his own imperial hands was made : I see him smile (methinks) as he does talk With the ambassadors, who come in vain, T' entice him to a throne again. If I, my friends...
Page 7 - ... and that is, the satisfaction of looking round about him, and seeing nothing but the effects and improvements of his own art and diligence; to be always gathering...
Page 23 - But who can paint Like Nature? Can imagination boast, Amid its gay creation, hues like hers ? Or can it mix them with that matchless skill, And lose them in each other, as appears In every bud that blows...
Page 426 - All Nature feels the renovating force Of Winter, only to the thoughtless eye In ruin seen. The frost-concocted glebe Draws in abundant vegetable soul, And gathers vigour for the coming year.
Page 3 - Would not among roses and jasmin dwell, Rather than all his spirits choke With exhalations of dirt and smoke ? And all th...
Page 17 - Amidst the glebe, small hollow fibres shoots ; Which drink with thirsty mouths the vital juice, And to the limbs and leaves their food diffuse : Peculiar pores peculiar juice receive, To this deny, to that admittance give.
Page 429 - Nature, attend ! join every living soul Beneath the spacious temple of the sky, In adoration join ; and ardent raise One general song!
Page 6 - O friendly to the best pursuits of man, Friendly to thought, to virtue, and to peace...
Page 13 - The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

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