Explanation from Worlidge's book on agriculture, 1697.
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Explanation in the form of a poem, from the fourth edition of 'Systema agriculturae: the mystery of husbandry discovered' by John Worlidge (active 1669-1698), published in London in 1697. The poem names the crops and equipment shown in the frontispiece, and claimed to epitomise the book's contents. The elements locatable in the frontispiece are here printed in a different typeface from the rest of the poem. Two lines read: 'Each Tree stands bending with the weight it bears, of Cherries some, of Apples, Plums, and Pears', giving a sense of the succes the reader will have on following the books advice. This influential work was the first comprehensive and systematic treatise on husbandry and went through five editions in the author's lifetime.