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Diversified, 'that two were never found
Twins at all points--yet this obtains in all,
That all discern a beauty in his works,
And all can taste them: minds that have been formid
And tutor'd, with a relish more exact,
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It is a flame that dies not even there

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Where nothing feeds it: neither business, crowds,
Nor habits of luxurious city life,
Whatever else they smother of true worth
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The villas with which London stands begirt, " Botion
Like a swarth Indian with his belt of beads,
Prove it. A breath of unadulteraté air, 147
The glimpse of a green pasture, how they cheeri
The citizen, and brace his languid frame !
E’en in the stifling bosom of the town

sú to A garden, in which nothing thrives, has charms !) That soothe the rich possessor ; much consoled, 1.4 That here and there some sprigs of mournful mint, Of nightshade, or valerian, grace the well in loitol He cultivates. These serve him with a hint'"6, 8071T That Nature lives; that sight-refreshing green Is still the livery she delights to wear, : Though sickly samples of the exuberant whole. T What are the casements lined with creeping herbs, The prouder sashes fronted with a range Of orange, myrtle, or the fragrant weed,'', sto] The Frenchman's darling ? * are they not all proofs

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That man, immured in cities, still retains
His inborn inextinguishable thirst
Of rural scenes, compensating his loss
By supplemental shifts, the best he may ?
The most unfurnish'd with the means of life,
And they that never pass their brick wall bounds,
To

range the fields and treat their lungs with air, i
Yet feel the burning instinct: over head
Suspend their crazy boxes, planted thick,
And water'd duly. There the pitcher stands,
A fragment, and the spoutless teapot there ;
Sad witnesses how close-pent man regrets
The

country, with what ardour he contrives A peep at Nature, when he can no more.

Hail, therefore, patroness of health and ease
And contemplation, heart-consoling joys,
And harmless pleasures, in the throng'd abode
Of multitudes unknown ! hail, rural life!
Address himself who will to the pursuit
Of honours, or emolument, or fame;
I shall not add myself to such a chase,
Thwart; his attempts, or envy

his success.
Some must be great. Great offices will have
Great talents. ,,And God gives to every man
The virtue, temper, understanding, taste,
That lifts him into life, and lets him fall
Just in the niche he was ordain'd to fill.
To the deliverer of an injured land
He gives a tongue to enlarge upon, a heart
To feel, and courage to redress her wrongs ;

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To monarchs dignity ; to judges sense ;
To artists ingenuity and skill ;
To me an unambitious mind, content
In the low vale of life, that early felt
A wish for ease and leisure, and ere long
Found here that leisure and that ease I wish'd.

THE TASK.

BOOK V.

THE WINTER MORNING WALK.

THE ARGUMENT.

A frosty morning—The foddering of cattle--The woodman and his dog—The poultry_Whimsical effects of frost at a waterfall—The Empress of Russia's palace of ice-Amusements of monarchs-War, one of them-Wars, whenceAnd whence monarchy--The evils of it-English and French lovalty contrasted--The Bastille, and a prisoner there Liberty the chief recommendation of this country-Modern patriotism questionable, and why— The perishable nature of the best human institutions—Spiritual liberty not perishable -The slavish state of man by nature-Deliver him, Deist, if you can-Grace must do it-The respective merits of patriots and martyrs stated—Their different treatment- Happy freedom of the man whom grace makes free-His relish of the works of God-Address to the Creator.

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