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ARGUMENT OF THE FIRST BOOK.

Historical deduction of feats, from the stool to the Sofa.

A School-boy's ramble.-A walk in the country.-The scene described.---Rural sounds as well as sights delightful.- Another walk.-- Mijteke concerning the charms of folitude correćted.--Colonnades com, mended.Alcove, and the view from it. The wilderness.--- The grove -- The thresher.- The neceffity and the benefits of exercise. The works of neture fuperior to, ond in some instances inimitable by, ert.-The wearijomeness of what is commonly called a life of plecitre. Change of scene sometimes expedient.-- A common described, cud the charaéter of crazy Kate introduced.---Gipfies. The blesings of civilized life.-That state mojt favourable to virtue. The South Sea ijlanders compafionated, 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 censured.-Fete champetre. The book concludes with a reficerion on the fatal ef

fects of difipation and effeminecy upon our public . · pressures.

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I sing the Sofa, I, who lately fang 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.

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Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for use, Save their own painted skins, our fires had none. As yet black breeches were not; satin smooth,

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Or velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile;
The hardy chief upon the rugged rock
Wash'd by the sea, or on the grav’ly bank'
Thrown up by wintry torrents roaring loud,
Fearless of wrong, repos’d his weary strength.
Those barb'rous ages past, succeeded next
The birth-day of invention; weak at first,
Dull in design, and clumsy to perform. .
Joint-stools were then created; on three legs
Upborn they stood. Three legs upholding firm
A maffy Nab, in fashion square or round.
On such a stool immortal Alfred fat,
And fway'd the fceptre of his infant realms :
And fuch in ancient halls and mansions drear
May still be seen ; but perforated fore,
And drill'd in holes, the folid oak is found,
By worms voracious eating through and through.

At length a generation more refin'd Improv'd the simple plan; made three legs four,

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