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manage them, and an omission even of such discipline as they are susceptible of, the objects are yet too numerous for minute attention; and the aching

j hearts of ten thousand parents, mourning under the bitterest of all disappointments, attest the truth of the allegation. His quarrel therefore is with the mischief at large, and not with any particular instance of it.

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Friendship...

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Ona mischievous Bull, which the Owner of him sold at the Author's

Instance

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Annus 'memorabilis, 1789. Written in Commemoration of his

Majesty's happy Recovery

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Hymn for the Use of the Sunday School at Olney...

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Stanzas subjoined to a Bill of Mortality for the year 1787 .......... 297

The same for 1788....

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The same for 1789.....

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The same for 1790........

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The same for 1792..

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The same for 1793.........

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THE TASK.

BOOK I.

ARGUMENT OF THE FIRST BOOK.

Historical deduction of seats, from the stool to the Sofa.-A Schoolboy'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.--Colonnades 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 weari someness of what is commonly called a life of pleasure.-Change of scene sometimes espedient.--A commen 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, but chiefly Omai.--His present state of mind supposed. Civilized life friendly to virtue, but not great cities.-Great cities, and London in particular, allowed their due praises, but censured.Fete champetre.-The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effects of dissipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.

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