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London ingulphs them all! The shark is there,
Oh thou, resort and mart of all the earth, Chequer'd with all complexions of mankind, And spotted with all crimes; in whom I fee Much that I love, and more that I admire, And all that I abhor; thou freckled fair, That pleascst and yet shock'st me, I can laugh And I can weep, can hope, and can despond, Feel wrath and pity, when I think on thee! Ten righteous would have sav'd a city once, And thou hast many righteous.—Well for thee— That salt preserves thee; more corrupted else,' And therefore more obnoxious, at this hour Than Sodom in her day had pow'r to be, For whom God heard his Abr'am plead in vain.
ARGUMENT OF THE FOURTH BOOK.
The post comes in.—The news-paper is read.—The world contemplated at a distance.—Address to Winter.—The rural amusements of a winter evening compared with the fashionable ones.—Address to evening.-—A brown study.—Fall of snow in the evening.—The waggoner. —A poor family-piece.—The rural thief.—Public houses.—The multitude of them censured.—The farmer's daughter: what she was—what she is.—The simplicity of country manners almost loft.—Causes of the change.—Desertion of the country by the rich.— Neglect of magistrates.—The militia principally in fault.—The new recruit and his transformation.— Reflection on bodies corporate.—The love of rural objects natural to all, and never to be totally extinguished.
Hark! 'tis the twanging horn o'er yonder bridge.