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ARGUMENT OF THE FIRST BOOK.
Hiftorical deduction of feats, from the flool to the Sofa. A fchool-boy's ramble.-A walk in the country.-The fcene defcribed-Rural founds as well as fights delight ful.-Another walk.-Miflake concerning the charms of folitude corrected.-Colonnades commended.-Alcove, and the view from it.-The wilderness.-The grove. -The threfter.-The neceffuy and benefits of ener cife. The works of nature fuperior to, and in fome inflances inimitable by, art.-The wearisomeness of what is commonly called a life of pleasure.-Change of fcene fometimes expedient.—A common described, and, the charader of crazy Kate introduced.Gipfies.The bleffings of civilized life.—That flate most favourable to virtue-The South Sea Islanders compaffionated, but chiefly Omai.~His prefent fate of mind suppofed.-Civilized life friendly to virtue, but not great cities.-Great cities, and London in particular, allowed their due praife, but cenfured.-Fete champetre.—The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effects of diffipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.
I SING the Sofa. I, who lately fang
Truth, Hope, and Charity *, and touch'd with awe
Time was, when clothing fumptuous or for ufe, Save their own painted fkins, our fires had none. yet black breeches were not; fattin fmooth, Or velvet foft, or plush with fhaggy pile:
The hardy chief upon the rugged rock
On fuch a stool immortal ALFRED fat,
And fway'd the fceptre of his infant realms;
And drill'd in holes, the folid oak is found,
At length a generation more refin'd
Improv'd the fimple plan; made three legs four,
And o'er the feat, with plenteous wadding stuff'd