Lurgan, Portadown and Banbridge Advertiser and Agricultural Gazette
September 6, 1849
Lurgan, County Armagh
J. TEMPLE REILLY, ESQ., J. P., D. L., SCARVA HOUSE,
By a small Farmer, to whom he had presented a Copy of
"Skilling's Science and Practice of Agriculture."
For having Skilling at command;
To teach me when to plough and sow,
The time to reap, the time to mow;
To teach me how my land to drain,
My fences for to plant and train,
And have them all in form of cone,
Which form is far the best I own;
And next, house-feeding which I do
With perseverance close pursue;
So I still have a rich supply
Of fine manure, just ready by,
For every purpose I require,
Each green crop gets what I desire,
Which makes my land in plenty yield,
And makes a garden of a field
Next to make butter, aye and cheese,
Both sweet and good John Bull to please;
But, Oh! how I lament for Pat,
He gets so little now of that;
For though He digs, improves his soil,
Yet still theres little for his toil;
But still he hopes and still he prays
That he may yet see better days;
And generous Reilly's fill the land,
Both to direct* and to command.
So now dear sir my thanks accept,
Nor think me guilty of neglect;
Because I did not sooner send
To you who is the farmers friend,
To thank you doubly o'er and o'er,
And pray for blessings on your store. S. M'C.
*Alluding to his official capacity as agent to the Marquis of Downshire.
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