by Robert Herrick

A MASTER of a house, as I have read,
Must be the first man up, and last in bed.
With the sun rising he must walk his grounds ;
See that, view that, and all the other bounds :
Shut every gate ; mend every hedge that's torn,
Either with old, or plant therein new thorn ;
Tread o'er his glebe, but with such care, that where
He sets his foot, he leaves rich compost there.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 73.

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