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ARGUMENT OF THE FIRST BOOK.
Historical deduâion of seats, from the flool to the Sofo.
A school-boy's ramble. A walk in the country. The scene describedo-Rural sounds as well as fights delighta ful.- Another walk.--Miftake concerning the charms of solitude corrected. -Colonnadescommended. -- Alcove, and the view from it. The wilderness.-The grove. - The threfter.-The necesity and benefits of exer. cife. The works of nature superior to, and in some infances inimitable by, art.—The wearifomeness of what is commonly called a life of pleasure. Change of scene fometimes expedient.-A common described, and, the chara&ter of crazy Kate introduced.Gipfies.The blessings of civilized life. That fate most favour. able to virtue. --The South Sea Islanders compaffionated, but chiefly Omai. His present fate of mind fupposed.--Civilized life friendly to virtue, but not great cities.-Great cities, and London in particular, allowed their due praise, but cenfured.-Fete champetre. --The book concludes with a refledion on the fatal effe&ts of dilipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.
I SING the Sofa. I, who lately fang
Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for uses Save their own painted Asins, our fires had none. As
yet black breeches were not; fattin fmooth, Or velyet foft, or plush with shaggy pile:
The hardy chief upon the rugged rock
At length a generation more refin'd Improv'd the simple plan ; made three legs four, Gave them a twisted form vermicular, And o'er the seat, with plenteous wadding stuff?d, Induc'd a splendid cover, green and blue, Yellow and red, of tap'stry richly wrought And woven close, or needle-work sublime. There might ye see the piony spread wide, The full-blown rose, the shepherd and his lass,