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6 Or in hoar caves around Plynlymmon's brow, • Where precious minerals dart their purple gleams, “ Among her sisters she reclines; the lov'd Vaga, profuse of graces, Ryddol rough,
685 “ Blithe Ystwith, and Clevedoc t, swift of foot; " And mingles various seeds of flow'rs and herbs, “ In the divided torrents, ere they burst « Thro'the dark clouds, and down the mountain roll. « Nor taint-worm shall infect the yeaning herds, 690 “ Nor penny-grass, norspear-wort's pois’nous leaf.”
He said : with light fantastic toe the nymphs Thither assembled, thither every swain; And o’er the dimpled stream a thousand flow`rs, Pale lilies, roses, violets, and pinks, Mix'd with the greens of burnet, mint, and thyme, And trefoil sprinkled with their sportive arms.
Such custom holds along th' irriguous vales From Wreakin's brow to rocky Dolvoryn 1, Sabrina's early haunt, ere yet she fled
700 The search of Guendolen, her stepdame proud, With envious hate enrag'd. The jolly cheer, Spread on a mossy bank, untouch'd abides Till cease the rites : and now the mossy bank Is gaily circled, and the joily cheer
705 Dispers’d in copious measure ; early fruits, And those of frugal store, in husk or rind; Steep'd grain, and curdled milk with dulcet cream
+ Vaga, Ryddol, Ystwith, and Clevedoc, rivers, the springs of which tis m the sides of Plynlyınmon.
1 Dolvoryn, a ruinous castle in Montgomeryshire, on the banks of the Severn.
Soft temper’d, in full merriment they quaff,
INTRODUCTION. Recommendation of mercifulness to animals. Of the
winding of wool. Diversity of wool in the Fleece: skill in the assorting of it, particularly among the Dutch. The uses of each sort. Severe winters pernicious to the Fleece. Directions to prevent their effects. Vool lightest in common fields: inconveniencies of common fields. Vul ar errors con. cerning the wool of England : its real excellencies; and directions in the choice. No good wool in cold or wet pastures; yet all pastures improvable exemplified in the drainage of Bedford Level. Britain in ancient times not esteemed for wool. Countries esteemed for wool before the Argonautic expedition, of that expedition, and its consequences. Countries afterwards esteemed for wool. The decay of arts and sciences in the barbarous ages: their revival, first at Venice. Countries noted for wool in the present times. Wool the best of all the various materials for clothing. The wool of our island peculiarly excellent is the combing wool. Methods to prevent its exportation. Apology of the Author for treating on this subject. Bishop Blaize the inventor of wool-combing. Of the dying of wool. Few dyes the natural product of England. Necessity of trade for importing them. The advantages of trade, and its utility in the moral world; exempilfied in the prosperity and ruin of the elder Tyre.
Now of the sever'd lock begin the song
5 The lark-wing’d Muse above the grassy vale, And bills, and woods, shall, singing, soar aloft; And he whom learning, wisdom, candour, grace, Who glows with all the virtues of his sire, Royston! approve, and patronize the strain.
Thro' all the brute creation none as sheep To lordly man such ample tribute pay.
For him their udders yield nectareous streams ;
Debilitating pass, and every film
chief From battle or the chase of wolves return'd.
When many-colour'd ev'ning sinks hehind 55 The purple woods and hills, and opposite Rises, full orb’d, the silver harvest moon, To light th' unwearied farmer, late a-field His scatter'd sheaves collecting, then expect The artists, benton speed, from populous Leeds, 60 Norwich, or Froome; they traverse every plain And every dale where farm or cottage smukes : Reject them not; and let the season's price Win thy soft treasures ; let the bulky wain Thro’ dusty roads roll nodding; or the bark,
65 That silently adown the cerule stream Glides with white sails, dispense the downy freight To copsy villages on either side, And spiry towns, where ready diligence,