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Sofa.-A School-boy's ramble.-A walk in the country:--The scene described --Rural sounds as well as sights delightful.--Another walk.--Mistake concerning the charms of solitude corrected.—Colon. nades 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 some 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.-Gipsies.—The blessings of civilized life. That state most favourable to virtue.-The South Sea islanders compassionated, lut chiefly Omai.--His present state of mind supposed.—Civilized life friendly to virtue, but not great cities.-Great cities, and London in par. ticular, allowed their due praisė, but censured. Fete champetre.—The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effects of dissipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.
I sing the Sofa. I, who lately fang
Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for use, Save their own painted skins, our fires had none. As yet black breeches were not; fatin smooth, Or velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile: