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Inur’d to hardship, and to homely fare.
Nor venerable age is wanting there,
In great examples to the youthful train :
Nor are the Gods ador'd with rites profane.
From hence Afrea took her flight, and here
The prints of her departing steps appear.

Virgil begins his third book with an invocation to some of the rural deities, and then, after complimenting Auguftus, addresses himself to Mecænas, and enters on his subject ; which contains rules for the breeding and management of horses, oxen, sheep, goats, and dogs : and with these rules are interwoven defcriptions of cha. riot races, of the battle of the bulls, of the force of love, and of the Scythian winter. He then fpeaks of the diseases incident to cattle, and concludes this Georgic with the description of a fatal murrain, which had raged among the Alps.

The whole book is wrought up with great art, and the descriptions in particular are extremely beautiful. His rules for training up young calves to the yoke, and of breaking horses to the different employments they were intended for, are also very happily expressed.

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