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Stand up unconscious, and refute the charge.
ARGUMENT OF THE THIRD BOOK.
Self-recollection and reproof.-- Address to domestic happi
nefs.—Some account of myself.—The vanity of many of their pursuits who are reputed wife.-- Jujification of my censures.—Divine illumination necessary to the most expert philosopher.-The quejlion, What is truth? answered by other questions.-Domestic happiness addressed again. --- Few lovers of the country.—My tame bare.—Occupations of a retired gentleman in his garden.—Pruning. -- Framing. -— Greenhouse. -- Sowing of flower-seeds.--The country preferable to the town even in the winter. - Reasons why it is deserted at that season.-Ruinous effects of gaming and of expensive improvement.--Book concludes with an apostrophe to tbe metropolis.
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THE GARDE N.
As one who, long in thickets and in brakes Entangled, winds now this way and now that. His devious course uncertain, seeking home; Or, having long in miry ways been foild And fore discomfited, from sough to Nough Plunging, and half despairing of escape ; If chance at length he find a greensward smooth And faithful to the foot, his spirits rise, He chirrups brisk his ear-erecting steed, And winds his way with pleasure and with case; So I, designing other themes, and call'd
T'adorn the Sofa with eulogium due,
Since pulpits fail, and sounding-boards reflect