Our rural ancestors with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulg'd the day that hous'd their annual grain,
With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.
Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age
The diligent farmer plants trees, of which he himself will never
see the fruit.
[Lat., Abores serit diligens agricola, quarum adspiciet baccam
Adam, well may we labour, still to dress
This garden, still to tend plant, herb, and flower.
When the land is cultivated entirely by the spade, and no horses
are kept, a cow is kept for every three acres of land.
The life of the husbandman,--a life led by the bounty of earth
and sweetened by the airs of heaven.
He allows very readily, that the eyes and footsteps of the master
are things most salutary to the land.
[Lat., Oculos et vestiga domini, res agro saluberrimas, facilius
A field becomes exhausted by constant tillage.
[Lat., Continua messe senescit ager.]
The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility
rests on possession and use of land.
Ye rigid Ploughman! bear in mind
Your labor is for future hours.
Advance! spare not! nor look behind!
Plough deep and straight with all your powers!
Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independant, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it’s liberty and interests by the most lasting bands
Ill husbandry braggeth
To go with the best:
Good husbandry baggeth
Up gold in his chest.
- Thomas Tusser,
Ill husbandry lieth
In prison for debt:
Good husbandry spieth
Where profit get.
- Thomas Tusser,
Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own
Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield:
Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke:
How jocund did they drive their team a-field!
How bow'd the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!
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