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The history 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 subject. He obeyed; and, having much leisure, connected another.suljcet with it ; and pursuing the train of thought, the which liis situation and turn of mind led him, brought forth at length,
instead of the trifle which he at first intensled, a se
rious affair--a Volume.
The Argument. Historical deduction of seats, from the stool to the So.
fa.-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 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 blessing of civilized life.—That state most fa. vourable to virtue.-The South Sea islanders com. passionated, but chiefly Omai.-His present state of mind supposed.Civilized life friendly to virtue, but not great cities.-Great cities, and Londou 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. I SING the Sofa. I who lately sang Truth, Hope, and Charity*, and touched with awe
* See Poems, vol. i.
The solemn chords, and with a trembling hand,
Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for use,
At length a generation more refined Improved the simple plan; made three legs four,