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These are the charms that sully and eclipse The charms of nature. 'Tis the cruel gripe That lean hard-handed. poverty inflicts, The hope of better things, the chance to win, The wish to shine, the thirst to be amus'd, That at the sound of winter's hoary wing Unpeople all our countries of such herds Of flutt'ring, loit'ring, cringing, begging, loose And wanton vagrants, as make London, vast And boundless as it is, a crowded coop.

Oh thou, resort and mart of all the earth,

Chequer'd with all complexions of mankind, And spotted with all crimes; in whom I see

Much that I love, and more that I admire,

And all that I abhor; thou freckled fair,

That pleasest and yet shock'st me, I can laugh And I can weep, can hope, and can despond, Feel wrath and pity, when I think on thee! Ten righteous would have sav'd a city once,

And thou hast many righteous.—Well for thee!
That salt preserves thee; more corrupted else,
And therefore more obnoxious, at this hour
Than Sodom in her day had pow'r to be,
For whom God heard his Abr’am plead in vain.

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The post comes in.--The news-paper is read.The world

contemplated at a distance. --Address to winter. The rural amusements of a winter evening compared with the fashionable ones. --Address to evening. A brown study.— Fall of snow in the evening:- The waggoner. --A poor family-piece.- The rural thief.— Public houses. The multitude of them censured.The farmer's daughter: what she waswhat she is. The simplicity of country manners almost lost.Causes of the change. --Desertion of the country by the rich.Neglect of magistrates. --- The militia principally in fault. ---The new recruit and his transformation.Reflection on bodies corporate.The love of rural objects natural to all, and never to be totally extinguished.

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