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late this diseased action ; and haá Cowper found at Hun ingdon, the employment and the society, which he at lasta after the departure of Mr. Newton, found at Olney and Weston. he might, perchance, nave eacaped many years of
ARGUMENT OF THE FIRST BOOK. incrical deduction of seats, from the Stool to tho Sofa
A Schoolboy's ramble-A walk in the country-TAG scene described-Rural sounds as well as sights delightful-Another walk-Mistake concerning the charme of solitude corrected--Colonnades commended-Alcove, and the view from it-The wilderness – The groveThe thresher--The necessity and benefit of exerciseThe works of nature superior to, and in some instances inimitable by, art-The wearisomeness of what is commonly called a life of pleasure-Change of scene somo times expedient-A common described, and the charac"Ler of crazy Kate introduced-Gipsies—The blessings of civilized life-That state most favourable to virtueThe South Sea Islanders compassionate, 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 due praise, bui censured-Fête champêtre–The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effects of dissipation and effemi nacy upon our public measures
I sing the Sofa. I, who lately sang Truth, Hope, and Charity, and touch'd with awo The solemn 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 sires had none. As yet black breeches were not; satin smooth, Or velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile: The hardy chief, upon the rugged rock Wash'd by the sea, or on the gravelly bank Thrown up by wintry torrents roaring loud, Fearless of wrong, repos'd his weary strength, Those barb'rous ages past, succeeded next The birthday of Invention; weak at first, Dull in design, and clumsy to perform. Joint-stools were then created; on three legs Upborne they stood. Three legs uphelding firm A massy slab, in fashion square or round. On such a stool immortal Alfred sat, And sway'd the sceptre of his infant realms : And such in ancient halls and mansions drear May still be seen; but perforated sore, And drill'd in holes, the solid oak is found, By worms voracious eating through and through
At length a generation more refin'd Improv'd the simple plan : riade three legs four,