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THE hiftory of the following production is briefly this: A lady, fond of blank verfe, demanded a poem of that kind from the author, and gave him the SOFA for a fubject. He obeyed; and, having much leisure, connected another fubject with it; and pursuing 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 firft intended, a ferious affair-a Volume.
In the Poem on the subject of Education, he would be very forry to ftand fufpected of having aimed his censure at any parti
cular school. His objections are fuch, as naturally apply themselves to schools 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 fusceptible of, the objects are yet too numerous for minute attention; and the aching hearts of ten thousand parents, mourning under the bittereft of all disappointments, attest the truth of the allegation. His quarrel therefore is with the mifchief at large, and not with any particular inftance of it.