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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Now down with the grass upon headlands about,
    That groweth in shadow so rank and so stout.
    TUSSER
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  • O'er sandy wilds were yellow harvests spread.
    POPE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Of barley the finest and greenest ye find,
    Leave standing in dallops till time ye do bind.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Of the same soil their nursery prepare
    With that of their plantation, lest the tree
    Translated should not with the soil agree.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Oft the drudging ass is driven with toil;
    Returning late and loaden home with gain
    Of barter'd pitch, and handmills for the grain.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • On a short pruning-hook his head reclines,
    And studiously surveys his gen'rous vines.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • One seed for another to make an exchange
    With fellowly neighbourhood seemeth not strange.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Or great Osiris, who first taught the swain
    In Pharian fields to sow the golden grain.
    POPE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Or if the earlier season lead
    To the tann'd haycock in the mead.
    MILTON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Pales no longer swell'd the teeming grain,
    Nor Phoebus fed his oxen on the plain.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Plant ye with alders or willowes a plot,
    Where yeerely, as needeth, mo poles may be got.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Plough-Monday next after that the twelftide is past,
    Bids out with the plough, the worst husband is last.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Quintius here was born,
    Whose shining ploughshare was in furrows worn,
    Met by his trembling wife, returning home,
    And rustically joy'd, as chief of Rome.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Reap well, scatter not, gather clean that is shorn,
    Bind fast, shock apace, have an eye to thy corn.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Retreat betimes
    To thy paternal seat, the Sabine field,
    W'here the great Cato toil'd with his own hands.
    ADDISON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Rocks lie cover'd with eternal snow;
    Thin herbage in the plains, and fruitless fields.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Root up wild olives from thy labour'd lands.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Rough unwieldy earth, nor to the plough
    Nor to the cattle kind, with sandy stones
    And gravel o'er-abounding.
    JOHN PHILIPS
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Safe on my shore each unmolested swain
    Shall tend the flocks, or reap the bearded grain.
    POPE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost,
    Shall hold their course.
    MILTON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • She in pens his flocks will fold.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • She took the coleworts which her husband got
    From his own ground (a small well-water'd spot);
    She stripp'd the stalks of all their leaves; the best
    She cull'd, and then with handy care she dress'd.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Sleeping vegetables lie,
    Till the glad summons of a genial ray
    Unbinds the glebe, and calls them out to-day.
    GARTH
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • So corn in fields, and in the garden flowers
    Revive, and raise themselves with mod'rate showers;
    But overcharged with never-ceasing rain,
    Become too moist.
    WALLER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • So likewise a hovel will serve for a room
    To stack on the peas, when harvest shall come.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Some commons are barren, the nature is such,
    And some overlayeth the commons too much.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Some steep their seeds, and some in cauldrons boil
    O'er gentle fires; the exuberant juice to drain,
    And swell the flatt' ring husks with fruitful grain.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Sowe peason and beans in the wane of the moon:
    Who soweth them sooner he soweth too soone.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Such is the mould that the blest tenant feeds
    On precious fruits, and pays his rent in weeds.
    WALLER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Such land as ye break up for barley to sow,
    Two earths, at the least, ere ye sow it, bestow.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Suffering not the yellow beards to rear,
    He tramples down the spikes, and intercepts the ear.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • T' unload the branches, or the leaves to thin
    That suck the vital moisture of the vine.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Tells how the drudging goblin swet,
    To earn his cream-bowl duly set,
    When in one night, ere glimpse of morn,
    Mis shadowy flail hath thresh'd the corn
    That ten day-labourers could not end.
    MILTON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • That the spent earth may gather heart again,
    And, better'd by cessation, bear the grain.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The bearded corn ensued
    From earth unask'd; nor was that earth renew'd.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The bending scythe
    Shaves all the surface of the waving green.
    GAY
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The careful ploughman doubting stands,
    Lest on the threshing floor his sheaves prove chaff.
    MILTON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The cattle in the fields and meadows green,
    Those rare and solitary, these in flocks
    Pasturing, at once and in broad herds upsprung.
    MILTON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The crooked plough, the share, the tow'ring height
    Of wagons, and the cart's unwieldy weight;
    These all must be prepared.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The ear that budded fair is burnt and blasted,
    And all my hoped gain is turn'd to scath.
    SPENSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The field is spacious I design to sow,
    With oxen far unfit to draw the plough.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The folds stand empty in the drowned field,
    And crows are fatted with the murrain flock;
    The nine men's morris is filled up with mud.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The gleaners,
    Spike after spike, their sparing harvest pick.
    THOMSON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The glebe untill'd might plenteous crops have borne;
    Rich fruits and flow'rs, without the gardener's pains,
    Might ev'ry hill have crown'd, have honour'd all the plains.
    SIR R. BLACKMORE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The ground one year at rest, forget not then
    With richest dung to hearten it again.
    MAY
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The higher Nilus swells,
    The more it promises: as it ebbs, the seedsman
    Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
    And shortly comes to harvest.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The lab'ring swain
    Scratch'd with a rake a furrow for his grain,
    And cover'd with his hand the shallow seed again.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The labour'd ox
    In his loose traces from the furrow came,
    And the swink'd hedger at his supper sat.
    MILTON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The low'ring spring, with lavish rain,
    Beats down the slender stem and bearded grain.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The north is a noiance to grass of all suits,
    The east a destroyer to herbs and all fruits.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The nursling grove
    Seems fair awhile, cherish'd with foster earth;
    But when the alien compost is exhaust,
    Its native poverty again prevails.
    JOHN PHILIPS
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The orchard loves to wave
    With winter winds: the loosen'd roots then drink
    Large increment, earnest of happy years.
    JOHN PHILIPS
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The peaceful peasant to the wars is prest,
    The fields lie fallow in inglorious rest.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The peasant, innocent of all these ills,
    With crooked ploughs the fertile fallow tills,
    And the round year with daily labour fills.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The ploughman leaves the task of day,
    And trudging homeward whistles on the way.
    GAY
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The royal husbandman appear'd,
    And plough'd, and sow'd, and till'd;
    The thorns he rooted out, the rubbish clear'd,
    And blest th' obedient field.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The soil, with fatt'ning moisture fill'd,
    Is clothed with grass, and fruitful to be till'd;
    Such as in fruitful vales we view from high,
    Which dripping rocks, not rowling streams supply.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The strawy Greeks, ripe for his edge,
    Fall down before him like the mower's swath.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The sun shines hot; and if we use delay,
    Cold biting winter mars our hoped-for hay.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The sweating steers unharness'd from the yoke
    Bring back the crooked plough.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The teeming earth, yet guileless of the plough,
    And unprovoked, did fruitful stores allow.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The unfallow'd glebe
    Yearly o'ercomes the granaries with stores
    Of golden wheat.
    JOHN PHILIPS
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The vineyard must employ thy sturdy steer
    To turn the glebe; besides thy daily pain
    To break the clods, and make the surface plain.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The west as a father all goodness doth bring,
    The east a forbearer no manner of thing.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The wiser madman did for virtue toil
    A thorny, or at least a barren, soil.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • The worm that gnaws the ripening fruit, sad guest !
    Canker, or locust hurtful to infest
    The blade; while husks elude the tiller's care,
    And eminence of want distinguishes the year.
    PRIOR
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Thee a ploughman all unweeting found,
    As he his toilsome team that way did guide,
    And brought thee up in ploughman's state to bide.
    SPENSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Their bulls they send to pastures far
    On hills, or feed them at full racks within.
    MAY
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Their morning milk the peasants press at night;
    Their evening milk before the rising light.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Their sickles reap the corn another sows.
    SANDYS
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • There are who, fondly studious of increase,
    Rich foreign mould in their ill-natured land
    Induce.
    JOHN PHILIPS
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • They mock our scant manuring, and require
    More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth.
    MILTON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • They rose as vigorous as the sun;
    Then to the culture of the willing glebe.
    THOMSON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Things thus set in order, in quiet and rest,
    Shall further thy harvest, and pleasure thee best.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Thou hop'st with sacrifice of oxen slain
    To compass wealth, and bribe the god of gain
    To give thee flocks and herds, with large increase;
    Fool! to expect them from a bullock's grease.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Thou king of horned floods, whose plenteous urn
    Suffices fatness to the fruitful corn,
    Shalt share my morning song and evening vows.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Through all the soil a genial ferment spreads,
    Regenerates the plants, and new adorns the meads.
    SIR R. BLACKMORE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Through cunning, with dibble, rake, mattock, and spade,
    By line and by level trim garden is made.
    TUSSER
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Thy corn thou there may'st safely sow,
    Where in full cods last year rich pease did grow.
    MAY
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Tis good for arable; a glebe that asks
    Tough teams of oxen; and laborious tasks.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • To build, to plant, whatever you intend,
    To rear the column, or the arch to bend.
    POPE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • To dress the vines new labour is required,
    Nor must the painful husbandman be tired.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • To his county farm the fool confined;
    Rude work well suited with a rustic mind.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • To the harness'd yoke
    They lend their shoulder, and begin their toil.
    THOMSON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Tough thistles choked the fields, and kill'd the corn,
    And an unthrifty crop of weeds was born.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Twelve mules, a strong laborious race,
    New to the plough, unpracticed in the trace.
    POPE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Uneasy still within these narrow bounds,
    Thy next design is on thy neighbour's grounds:
    His crop invites, to full perfection grown;
    Thy own seems thin, because it is thy own.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • We may know
    And when to reap the grain and when to sow,
    Or when to fell the furzes.
    DRYDEN: Virgil
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • What valiant foemen, like to autumn's corn,
    Have now we mowed down in top of all their pride?
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • When continued rain
    The lab'ring husband in his house restrain,
    Let him forecast his work with timely care,
    Which else is huddled when the skies are fair.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
    And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • When the fiery suns too fiercely play,
    And shrivell'd herbs on with'ring stems decay,
    The wary ploughman, on the mountain's brow,
    Undams his wat'ry stores; huge torrents flow;
    Temp'ring the thirsty fever of the field.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • When the Nile from Pharian fields is fled,
    The fat manure with heav'nly fire is warm'd.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Where the tender rinds of trees disclose
    Their shooting germs, a swelling knot there grows;
    Just in that place a narrow slit we make,
    Then other buds from bearing trees we take;
    Inserted thus, the wounded rind we close.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Where the vales with violets once were crown'd,
    Now knotty burs and thorns disgrace the ground.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • While lab'ring oxen, spent with toil and heat,
    In their loose traces from the field retreat.
    POPE
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • While the milkmaid singeth blithe,
    And the mower whets his scythe.
    MILTON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • While the ploughman near at hand
    Whistles o'er the furrow'd land.
    MILTON
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • While the reaper fills his greedy hands,
    And binds the golden sheaves in brittle bands.
    DRYDEN
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  • AGRICULTURE
  • Who abuseth his cattle and starves them for meat,
    By carting or ploughing his gain is not great;
    Where he that with labour can use them aright,
    Hath gain to his comfort, and cattle in plight.
    TUSSER
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