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this. A lady, fond of blank verse, demanded a poem of that kind from the author, and
him the SoF A for a subject. He obeyed; and having much leisure, connected another subject with it; and pursuing the train of thought to which his situation and turn of mind led him, brought forth at Bength, instead of the trifle which he at firtt intended, a serious affair-a Volume.
1. In the poem, on the subject of education
he would be very sorry to stand suspected of having aimed his censure at any particular school. His objections are such as naturally apply themselves to schools in general. If there were not, as for the most part there is, wilful neglect in those who manage them, and
an omisfion even of such discipline as they are susceptible of, the objects are yet too mumerợus for minute attention; and the aching hearts of ten thousand parents mourning under the bitterest of all disappointments, ată test the truth of the allegation. His quarrel therefore is with the mischief at farge, and not with any particular instance of it.
ARGUMENT of the FIRST BOOK.
Historical deduction of feats, from the faol to the Sofa.
A School-boys rambile. -A walk in the country..--Tbe scene described.-Rural sounds as well as fights delightful. Another walk. — Mistake concerning the charms of folitude, corrected.--Colonnades.commended.
-Alcove and the view from it. The Wilderness. The Grove.--The Thresher --The necessity and the benefits of exercise. The works of nature superior to and in fome instances inimitable by art.-The wearisomeness of what is commonly called a life of pleasure.
-Change of scene sometimes expedient.--A common deScribed, and the character of crazy Kate introduced upou it.-Gipfies.—The blessings of civilized life. That state most favourable to virtue.--The South Sea ffanders compasfonated, but chiefly Omai.- His prefent state of mind supposed.—Civilized life friendly to virtue, but not great cities.Great cities, and London in particular, allowed their due praise, but censured. Fete Champetre.-The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effe£ts of disipation and effeminacy spon our public measures.