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ARGUMENT OF THE SIXTH BOOK.
Bells at a distance.-Their effect.-A fine noon in winter. -A sheltered walk -Meditation better than books.Our familiarity with the course of nature makes it ap pear less wonderful than it is.-The transformation that spring effects in a shrubbery described.-A mistake concerning the course of nature corrected.-God maintains it by an unremitted act.-The amusements fashionable at this hour of the day reproved.—Animals happy, a delightful sight.-Origin of cruelty to animals. That it is a great crime proved from Scripture. -That proof illustrated by a tale.-A line drawn between the lawful and unlawful destruction of them.Their good and useful properties insisted on.-Apology for the encomiums bestowed by the author on animals. Instances of man's extravagant praise of man.— The groans of the creation shall have an end.-A view taken of the restoration of all things.-An invocation and an invitation of Him, who shall bring it to pass.The retired man vindicated from the charge of uselessness. Conclusion.
THE WINTER WALK AT NOON.
THERE is in souls a sympathy with sounds,
And as the mind is pitched the ear is pleased
The windings of my way through many years.
Short as in retrospect the journey scems,
When most severe and mustering all its force,
His sheltering side, and wilfully forewent
But not to understand a treasure's worth,
And seeking grace t' improve the prize they hold, Would urge a wiser suit than asking more.
The night was winter in his roughest mood; The morning sharp and clear. But now at noon Upon the southern side of the slant hills,
And where the woods fence off the northern blast,
And has the warmth of May. The vault is blue
The soothing influence of the wafted strains,
The walk, still verdant, under oaks and elms,
The frequent flakes has kept a path for me.
With slender notes, and more than half suppressed;
From spray to spray, where'er he rests he shakes