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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

1963 Franis Baon 1561-1626 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
QUOTATION:God Almighty first planted a garden. 1
Note 1.
God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
Abraham Cowley: The Garden, Essay v.

God made the country, and man made the town.
William Cowper: The Task, book i. line 749.

Divina natura dedit agros, ars humana ædificavit urbes (Divine Nature gave the fields, human art built the cities).—Varro: De Re Rustica, iii. 1. [back]