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THE TASK.

BOOK III.

THE GARDEN.

VOL. VII.

B

THE ARGUMENT.

Self-recollection and reproof,Address to domestic happiness-Some account of myself—The vanity of many of their pursuits who are reputed wise—Justification of my censures

-Divine illumination necessary to the most expert philosopher- The question, What is truth ? answered by other questions Domestic happiness addressed again-Few lovers of the country-My tame hare-Occupations of a retired gentleman in his garden – Pruning — Framing - GreenhouseSowing of flower seeds—The country preferable to the town even in the winter-Reasons why it is deserted at that season -Ruinous effects of gaming, and of expensive improvement --Book concludes with an apostrophe to the metropolis.

THE TASK. BOOK III.

THE GARDEN.

As one who, long in thickets and in brakes
Entangled, winds now this way and now that
His devious course uncertain, seeking home;
Or, having long in miry ways been foil'd,
And sore discomfited, from slough to slough
Plunging, and half despairing of escape ;
If chance at length he finds a greensward smooth
And faithful to the foot, his spirits rise,
He chirrups brisk his ear-erecting steed,
And winds his way with pleasure and with ease;
So I, designing other themes, and call'd
To adorn the Sofa with eulogium due,
To tell its slumbers, and to paint its dreams,
Have rambled wide. In country, city, seat
Of academic fame (howe'er deserved,)
Long held, and scarcely disengaged at last.
But now with pleasant pace a cleanlier road
I mean to tread. I feel myself at large,
Courageous, and refresh'd for future toil,
If toil awaits me, or if dangers new.

Since pulpits fail, and sounding boards reflect Most part an empty ineffectual sound,

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