Dendrologia: or, A treatise of forest trees, with Evelyn's Silva, rev., cor. and abridged

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Page 25 - is nothing which seems more fatally to threaten a weakening, if ' not a dissolution, of the strength of this famous and flourishing ' nation, than the sensible and notorious decay of her wooden ' walls, when, either through time, negligence, or other acci...
Page 23 - tis, that you should carry me away : And trust me not, my friends, if, every day, I walk not here with more delight, Than ever, after the most happy fight, In triumph to the capitol I rode, To thank the gods, and to be thought, myself, almost a god.
Page 23 - T' entice him to a throne again. If I, my friends (said he), should to you show All the delights, which in these gardens grow, Tis likelier much, that you should with me stay, Than 'tis, that you should carry me away : And trust me not, my friends, if, every day, I walk not here with more delight Than ever, after the most happy fight...
Page 26 - And this devastation is now become so epidemical, that unless some favourable expedient offer itself, and a way be seriously and speedily resolved upon for a future store, one of the most glorious and considerable bulwarks of this nation will, within a short time, be totally wanting to it.
Page 26 - Truly, the waste and destruction of our woods has been so universal, that I conceive nothing less than an universal plantation of all sorts of trees will supply, and will encounter the defect ; and therefore I shall here adventure to speak something in general of them all ; though I chiefly insist upon the propagation of such only as seem to be the most wanting and serviceable to the end proposed.
Page 23 - They must fight for it, and dispute it hard, Before they can prevail. Scarce any plant is growing here Which against Death some weapon does not bear. Let cities boast that they provide, For life, the ornaments of pride; But 'tis the country and the field That furnish it with staff and shield.
Page 22 - These are the spells, that to kind sleep invite, And nothing does, within, resistance make, Which yet we moderately take ; Who would not choose to be awake, While he's encompast round with such delight, To th' ear, the nose, the touch, the taste, and sight?
Page 25 - For it has not been the late increase of shipping .alone, the multiplication of glass-works, iron-furnaces, and the like, from whence this impolitic diminution of our timber has proceeded ; but from the disproportionate spreading of tillage...
Page 26 - ... were tempted not only to fell and cut down, but utterly to extirpate, demolish and raze, as it were, all those many goodly woods and forests, which our more prudent ancestors left standing for the ornament and service of their country.
Page 82 - ... and remedies as could be desired, the effects arising from so many, and such different causes. Whenever, therefore, our trees and plants fail and come short of the fruit and productions we expect of them, (if the fault be not in our want of care,) it is certainly to be attributed to those infirmities to which all elementary things are obnoxious, either from the nature of the things themselves, and in themselves, or from some outward injury, not only through their being unskilfully cultivated...

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