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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 Audy.-Fall of snow in the evening.–The waggoner.--A poor family piece.-The rural thief.
Public houses. —The multitude of them cenfured.—The farmer's daughter, what jbe was.- What she is.- I he fimplicity of country manners almost loft.-Causes of the change.-Defertion of the country by the riche-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.
T H E
THE WINTER EVENING
locks, News from all nations lumb'ring at his back. True to his charge, the close-pack'd load behind, Yet careless what he brings, his one concern Is to conduct it to the deftin'd inn, And having dropp'd th' expected bag--pass on.
He whistles as he goes, light-hearted wretch,
Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,