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EGE fub hoc Pomona fuit : qua nulla La

tinas Inter Hamadryadas coluit folertius hortos, Nec fuit arborei ftudiofior altera foetûs : Unde tenet nomen. non fylvas illa, nec amnes; 5 Rus amat, et ramos felicia poma ferentes. Nec jaculo gravis eft, fed adunca dextera falce: Qua modo luxuriem premit, et fpatiantia paflim Brachia compescit; fiffa modo cortice virgam Inserit ; et succos alieno praeftat alumno, Nec patitur sentire fitim ; bibulaeque recurvas 15 Radicis fibras labentibus irrigat andis.

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HE fair Pomona flourish'd in his reign;

Of all the Virgins of the fylvan train None taught the trees a nobler race to bear, Or more improv'd the vegetable care. To her the shady grove, the flow'ry field, 5 The streams and fountains, no delights could yield; 'Twas all her joy the rip'ning fruits to tend, And see the boughs with happy burthens bend. The hook she bore instead of Cynthia's spear, To lop the growth of the luxuriant year, To decent form the lawless shoots to bring, And teach th'obedient branches where to spring. Now the cleft rind inserted graffs receives, And yields an offspring more than nature gives; Now sliding streams the thirsty plants renew, And feed their fibres with reviving dew.

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Hic amor, hoc ftudium: Veneris quoque nulla cu

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Vim tamen agreftûm metuens, pomaria claudit
Intus, et acceffus prohibet refugitque viriles.
Quid non et Satyri, faltatibus apta juventus,
Fecere, et pinu praecincti cornua Panes,
Sylvanusque fuis femper juvenilior annis,
Quique Deus fures, vel falce, vel inguine terret,
Ut potirentur ea ? fed enim fuperabat amando

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quoque Vertumnus: neque erat felicior illis. O quoties habitu duri messoris aristas Corbe tulit, verique fuit mefforis imago ! Tempora saepe gerens foeno religata recenti, Defe&tum poterat gramen verfasse videri. Saepe manu stimulos rigida portabat; ut illum 35 Jurares feffos modo disjunxiffe juvencos. Falce data frondator erat, vitisque putator : Induerat scalas, lecturum poma putares : Miles erat gladio, piscator arundine sumta. Denique per multas aditum fibi faepe figuras Repperit, ut caperet spectatae gaudia formae.

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These cares alone her virgin breast employ, Averse from Venus and the nuptial joy. Her private orchards, wall’d on ev'ry fide, To lawless sylvans all access deny’d. How oft the Satyrs and the wanton Fawns, Who haunt the forests, or frequent the lawns, The God whose ensign scares the birds of prey, And old Silenus, youthful in decay, Employ'd their wiles, and unavailing care, 25 To pass the fences, and surprize the fair ? Like these, Vertumnus own'd his faithful flame, Like these, rejected by the scornful dame. To gain her fight a thousand forms he wears: And first a reaper from the field appears, Sweating he walks, while loads of golden grain O'ercharge the shoulders of the seeming swain. Oft o'er his back a crooked scythe is laid, And wreaths of hay his sun-burnt temple shade: Oft in his hardend hand a goad he bears, Like one who late unyok'd the sweating steers. Sometimes his pruning-hook corrects the vines, And the loose straglers to their ranks confines. Now gath'ring what the bounteous year allows, He pulls ripe apples from the bending boughs.

40 A soldier now, he with his sword appears ; A fifher next, his trembling angle bears; Each shape he varies, and each art he tries, On her bright charms to feaft his longing eyes,

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Ille etiam picta redimitus tempora mitra,

45 Innitens baculo, pofitis ad tempora canis, Adsimulavit anum: cultofque intravit in hortos ; Pomaque mirata eft: Tantoque potentior, inquit. Paucaque laudatae dedit ofcula; qualia nunquam Vera dedisset anus : glebaque incurva resedit, Suspiciens pandos autumni pondere ramos. Ulmus erat contra, spatiosa tumentibus uvis: 60 Quam focia poftquam pariter cum vite probavit; At fi ftaret, ait, coelebs, fine palmite truncus, Nil praeter frondes, quare peteretur, haberet. Haec quoque, quae juncta vitis requiescit in ulmo, Si non nupta foret, terrae adclinata jaceret. Tu tamen exemplo non tangeris arboris hujus ; Concubitusque fugis ; nec te conjungere curas. Atque utinam velles! Helene non pluribus esset Sollicitata procis : nec quae Lapitheïa movit Proelia, nec conjux timidis audacis Ulyflei.

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