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Stand up unconscious, and refute the charge,
ARGUMENT OF THE THIRD BOOK.
Self-recolleblion and rep-oof.—Address to domestic happiness.—Some account of myself .—The vanity of many of their pursuits who are reputed wife.—Justification of my censures.—Divine illumination necessary to the most expert philosopher.—The question, What is truth? answered by other questions.—Domestic happiness addressed again.—Few lovers of the country.—My tame hare.—Occupations of a retired gentleman in his garden.—Pruning.—Framing.—Greenhouse. —Sowing of flower-Jeeds.—The country preferable to the town even in the winter.—Reasons why it is deserted at that season.—Ruinous effeRs of gaming and of expensive improvement.—Book concludes with an apostrophe to the metropolis.
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 foil'd And fore discomfited, from slough to slough 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 ease; So I, designing other themes, and call'd
T' adorn the Sofa with eulogium due,
Since pulpits fail, and founding-boards reflect