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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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. BOOK I. THE SOFA.
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.
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,
Or velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile;
At length a generation more refin'd Improv'd the simple plan; made three legs four,