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V. The Winter Morning Walk 149.
VI. The Winter Walk at Noon 189
THE hiftory of the following production is briefly
this: A lady, fond of blank verse, demanded a poem of that kind from the author, and gave him the SOFA for a fubject. He obeyed; and, having much leifure, connected another subject with it; and purfuing the train of thought to which his fituation and turn of mind led him, brought forth at length, inftead of the trifle which he at first intended, a serious affair-a volume.
In the Poem on the fubject of Education, he would be very forry to stand suspected of having aimed his cenfure at any particular school. His objections are fuch as naturally apply themselves to fchools in general. If there were not, as for the most part there is, wilful neglect in those who manage them, and an omiffion even of fuch difcipline as they are fufceptible of, the objects are yet too numerous for minute attention ; and the aching hearts of ten thousand parents, mourning under the bittereft of all difappointments, atteft the truth of this allegation. His quarrel, therefore, is with the mischief at large, and not with any particular inftance of it.