Things, as they were - as they are and as they ought to be, a poem

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Page 20 - P'gThe following good effects have been the consequence of this proceeding. It has not, in one instance, failed of giving an industrious turn, even to some who were before idle and profligate. Their attention in nursing up the young trees, has been so much beyond what a farmer, intent upon greater objects, can or will bestow, that the value of the orchards is increased to 40s. per acre, in land which was of less than half the value in its former state. And the poors rates have from this cause, fallen...
Page 36 - Go to an alehouse kitchen of an old enclosed country, and there you will see the origin of poverty and poor rates. For whom are they to be sober ? For whom are they to save ? (Such are their questions) For the parish ? If I am diligent, shall I have leave to build a cottage ? If I am sober, shall I have land for a cow ? If I am frugal, shall I have half an acre of potatoes ? You offer no motives; you have nothing but a parish officer and a workhouse! —Bring me another pot...
Page 19 - ... families in a more neat and decent manner than those whose cottages were without land; and it was this circumstance, which induced the lord of the manor, (to whom almost the whole of the parish belonged...
Page 36 - For whom are they to be sober? For whom are they to save? (Such are their questions.) For the parish? "If I am diligent, shall I have leave to build a cottage?" "If I am sober, shall I have land for a cow?" "If I am frugal, shall I have half an acre of potatoes?" "You offer no motives; you have nothing but a parish officer and a workhouse ! Bring me another pot".
Page 37 - Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife, Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray ; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
Page 3 - Correspondence of the Bath and West of England Society for the Encouragement of Agriculture, Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Page 27 - This land is divided into two plats; one of which is pasture for the cows in summer, and the other is kept as meadow land to provide hay for them in the winter. Each cottager knows his own piece of meadow land, and he lays upon it all the manure which he can obtain, in order that he may have the more hay. When one of the two plats of ground has been mown for two or three years...
Page 37 - Those homely ties which ruled their fathers long. Alas, your fathers did by other arts Draw those kind ties around their simple hearts, And led in other paths their ductile will ; By succour, faithful counsel, courteous cheer, Won them the ancient manners to revere, To prize their country's peace, and Heaven's due rites fulfil.
Page 39 - The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself; * Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like the baseless fabric of a vision, Leave not a wreck behind.
Page 30 - By means of these advantages the labourers and their- families live better, and are consequently more fit to endure labour...

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