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ARGUMENT OF THE FIRST BOOK.
Historical deduktion of seats, from the stool to the Sofa.
A School-boy's ramble. A walk in the country.-The scene described.---Rural sounds as well as fights delightful.- Another walk.-- Mitoke concerning the charms of solitude correčied.---Colonnades commended.- Alcove, and the view from it.—The wilderness.— The grove.-- The ihreßer.- The necelfity and the benefits of exercise.—'The works of nature fuperior to, end in some instances inimitable by, art.--The wearifomeness of what is commonly called e life of plecfiure. Change of scene sometimes expedient.-- A common described, cud the character of crazy Kate introduced. --Gipfies. The blessings of civilized life. That siate mojt favourable to virtue --The South Sea islanders compaffionated, but chiefly Omai.--His present state of mind supposed.Civilized life friendly to virtue, but not great cities,
Great cities, and London in particular, allowed their die praise, but cenfured.--- Fete champetre.The book concludes with a reficerion on the fatal effests of disipation and effeminacy upon our public mecfures.
TA S K.
THE SO F A.
I sing the Sofa, I, who lately sang Truth, Hope, and Charity *, and touch'd with awe The folemn chords, and with a trembling hand, Escap'd with pain from that advent'rous flight, Now seek repose upon an humbler theme; The theme though humble, yet august and proud Th' occasion--for the Fair commands the song.
Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for use, Save their own painted skins, our fires had none. As yet black breeches were not; sátin smooth,
Or velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile;
At length a generation more refin's Improv'd the simple plan; made three legs four,