265 A MEDITATION UPON A Broom-Stick: ACCORDING TO The Style and Manner of the Hon ROBERT BOYLE'S Meditations.

THIS single Stick, which you now behold ingloriously lying in that neglected Corner, I once knew in a flourishing State in a Forest: It was full of Sap, full of Leaves, and full of Boughs: But now, in vain does the busy Art of Man pretend to vye with Nature, by tying that wither'd Bundle of Twigs to its sapless Trunk: 'Tis now at best but the Reverse of what it was, a Tree turn- ed S2