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cular school. His objections are fuch, as naturally apply themselves to schools in general. If there were not, as for the moft part there is, wilful negle&t in those who manage them, and an omiffion even of such discipline 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.

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THE TASK,

А РОЕМ.

BOOK I.

ARGUMENT OF THE FIRST BOOK.

Historical deduction of seats, from the stool to the Sofa-A School-boy'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 wearisomeness of what is commonly called a life of pleasure.-Change of scene sometimes expedient.-A common 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 praise, 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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