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[54] This is a matter about which the learned Hesiod, though he wrote on agriculture, [p. 67] has not one word to say. But Homer, who, I believe, lived many generation earlier, represents Laƫrtes as soothing his sorrow at the absence of his son in cultivating his farm and in manuring it, too. Nor does the farmer find joy only in his cornfields, meadows, vineyards, and woodlands, but also in his garden and orchard, in the rearing of his cattle, in his swarms of bees, and in the infinite variety of flowers. And not only does planting delight him, but grafting also, than which there is nothing in husbandry that is more ingenious.

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