The Mower Against Gardens

Updated September 23, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

The Mower Against Gardens

Luxurious Man, to bring his Vice in use,
Did after him the World seduce:

And from the Fields the Flow'rs and Plants allure,
Where Nature was most plain and pure.

He first enclos'd within the Gardens square
A dead and standing pool of Air:

And a more luscious Earth for them did knead,
Which stupifi'd them while it fed.

The Pink grew then as double as his Mind;
The nutriment did change the kind.

With strange perfumes he did the Roses taint.
And Flow'rs themselves were taught to paint.

The Tulip, white, did for complexion seek;
And learn'd to interline its cheek:

Its Onion root they then so high did hold,
That one was for a Meadow sold.

Another World was search'd, though Oceans new,
To find the Marvel Of Peru.

And yet these Rarities might be allow'd,
To Man, that Sov'raign thing and proud;

Had he not dealt between the Bark and Tree,
Forbidden mixtures there to see.

No Plant now knew the Stock from which it came;
He grafts upon the Wild the Tame:

That the uncertain and adult'rate fruit
Might put the Palate in dispute.

His green Seraglio has its Eunuchs too;
Lest any Tyrant him out-doe.

And in the Cherry he does Nature vex,
To procreate without a Sex.

'Tis all enforc'd; the Fountain and the Grot;
While the sweet Fields do lye forgot:

Where willing Nature does to all dispence
A wild and fragrant Innocence:

And Fauns and Faryes do the Meadows till,
More by their presence then their skill.

Their Statues polish'd by some ancient hand,
May to adorn the Gardens stand:

But howso'ere the Figures do excel,
The Gods themselves with us do dwell.
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