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Sent through the tray'ller's temples ! He that finds
One drop of Heav'n's sweet mercy in his cup,
Can dig, beg, rot, and perish, well content,
So he may wrap himself in honest rags,
At his last gasp; but could not for a world
Fish

up his dirty and dependent bread
From pools and ditches of the commonwealth,
Sordid and fick’ning at his own success.

Ambition, av'rice, penury incurr'd
By endless riot, vanity, the lust
Of pleasure and variety, dispatch,
As duly as the fwallows disappear,
The world of wand'ring knights and squires to town.
London ingulfs them all! The shark is there,
And the fark's prey ; the spendthrift, and the leech
That sucks him. There the sycophant, and he
Who, with bare-headed and obsequious bows,
Begs a warm office, doom'd to a cold jail
And groat per diem, if his patroni frown.
The levee swarms, as if, in golden pomp,
Were character'd on every statesman's door,
Batter'D AND BANKRUPT FORTUNES MENDED

HERE.'
These are the charnas that fully and eclipse
The charms of nature. "Tis the cruel gripe

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That lean hard-handed Poverty inflicts
The hope of better things, the chance to win,
The wish to line, the thirst to be amus'd,
That at the found of winter's hoary wing
Unpeople all our counties of such herds
Of Autt'ring, loit'ring, cringing, begging, loofe
And wanton vagrants, as make London, vaft
And boundless as it is, a crowded coop.

Oh thou, refort and mart of all the earth, Chequer'd with all complexions of mankind, And spotted with all crimes; in whom I see Much that I love, and more that I admire, And all that I abhor; thou freckled fair, That pleafest and yet shock’t me, I can laugh And I can weep, can hope, and can defpond, Feel wrath and pity, when I think on thee! Ten righteous would have fav'd a city once, And thou hast many righteous.-Well for theeThat falt preserves thee; more corrupted elfe, And therefore more obnoxious, at this hour, Than Sodom in her day had pow'r to be, For whom God heard his Abr’am plead in vain.

THE TASK.

BOOK IV.

ARGUMENT OF THE FOURTH BOOK.

The post comes in. The news paper is read. The world

contemplated at a disance.--Address 10 Winter --The rural amusements of a winter evening compared with the fashionable ones.-- Address to evening.--A brown Audy.-Fall of snow in the evening.--The waggoner. -A poor family-piece.-The rural thief.- Public houses.--The multitude of them censured. The far. mer's daughter: what fee waswhat fee is.--The fimplicity of country manners almost loft.-Causes of the change.--Desertion of the country by the rich.Neglect of magistrates. The militia principally in fault.-The new recruit and his transformation.Refledion on bodies corporate. -The love of rural obječts natural to all, and never to be totally extinguished.

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rede Hark! 'tis the twanging horn o'er yonder bridge,

That with its wearisome but needful length The feltrides the wintry flood, in which the moon

by i sees her unwrinkled face reflected bright ;-
ifres comes, the herald of a noisy world,
ansferjith fpatter'd boots, Itrapp'd waist, and frozen locks;

News from all nations lumb’ring at his back.
True to his charge, the close-pack'd load behind,
Ket careless what he brings, his one concern
s to conduct it to the destin'd inn;
And, having dropp'd th' expected bag, pass on,
de whistles as he goes, light-hearted wretch,
Hold and yet cheerful: messenger of grief

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