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To the Author of the Farmer's Letters, which were written in IRELAND in the Year of the Rebellion, by HENRY BROOKE, Esq; 1745.

1 OH thou, whose artless, free-born genius charms,
2 Whose rustick zeal each patriot bosom warms;
3 Pursue the glorious task, the pleasing toil,
4 Forsake the fields and till a nobler soil;
5 Extend the Farmer's care to human kind,
6 Manure the heart, and cultivate the mind;
7 There plant religion, reason, freedom, truth,
8 And sow the seeds of virtue in our youth:
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9 Let no rank weeds corrupt, or brambles choak,
10 And shake the vermin from the British oak;
11 From northern blasts protect the vernal bloom,
12 And guard our pastures from the wolves of Rome.
13 In Britain's liberty ingraft thy name,
14 And reap the harvest of immortal fame!

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    Title (in Source Edition): To the Author of the Farmer's Letters, which were written in IRELAND in the Year of the Rebellion, by HENRY BROOKE, Esq; 1745.
    Author: David Garrick
    Themes: politics; rural life
    Genres: heroic couplet; address
    References: DMI 22544

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. III. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 236-237. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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