[NAFEX] Doc's Prose
tolenio at sentex.net
Sun Jun 8 18:18:41 EDT 2003
Virgil (70-19 BCE)
Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro) was a great poet and the leading naturalist of his
Below translation by John Dryden (1631-1700)
"But various are the ways to change the state
Of plants, to bud, to graff, to inoculate.
For, where the tender rinds of trees disclose
Their shooting germs, a swelling knot there grows:
Just in that space a narrow slit we make,
Then other buds from bearing tress we take;
Inserted thus, the wounded rind we close,
In whose moist womb the admitted infant grows.
But when the smoother bole from knots is free;
We make a deep incision in the tree,
And in the solid wood the slip inclose;
The battening bastard shoots again and grows;
And in short space the laden boughs arise;
With happy fruit advancing to the skies.
The mother plant admires the leaves unknown
Of alien trees, and apples not her own."
> Frost poems are alright but I like limericks like this one I wrote:
> I'll tell you what is in store,
> A tired back and your hands will be sore,
> But you'll gaze at the sun,
> And thank the Great One,
> For giving you a chance to do more.
> Doc Lisenby
> Zone 7/8
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