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Society, and that saps and worms the base
ARGUMENT OF THE THIRD BOOK.
Self-recolle&tion and reproof.- Address to domestic happi
ness.—Some account of myself. The vanity of manj of their pursuits who are reputed wife.-Juftification of my cenfures.--Divine illumination necessary to the most expert philosopher. The question, What is truth answered by other questions.-Domestic happiness ad, dressed again.-Few lovers of the country.- My tami bare.-- Occupations of a retired gentleman in his gar den.—Pruning.–Framing.-Greenhouse.- Sowing of flower-feeds. The country preferable to the town ever in the winter.-Reasons why it is deserted at that fesfon.-Ruinous effeats of gaming and of expenhve improvement.-Book concludes with an apostrophe to the metropolis.
one, who, long in thickets and in brakes Entangled, winds now this way and now that His devious course uncertain, seeking home; Ir, having long in miry ways been foil'd And fore discomfited, fron Nough to fough "unging, and half-despairing of escape; f chance at length he find a green.sward smooth And faithful to the foot, his spirits rise, de chirrups brisk his ear-erecting steed, fod winds his way with pleasure and with ease; io I, designing other themes, and call'd ľadorn the sofa with eulogium dae, o tell its (umbers, and to paint its dreams
Have rambled wide. In country, city, seat
Since pulpits fail, and founding boards reflect Most part an empty ineffectual sound, What chance that I, to fame so little known, Nor conversant with men or manners much, Should speak to purpose, or with better hope Crack the satiric thong ? "Twere wiser far For me enamour'd of fequester'd scenes, And charm'd with rural beauty, to repose, Where chance may throw me, beneath elm or vine, My languid limbs, when summer fears the plains ; Or, when rough winter rages, on the soft And shelter'd Sofa, while the nitrous air Feeds a blue frame, and makes a cheerful hearth; There, undisturb'd by folly, and appriz'd How great the danger of disturbing her, To muse in silence, or at least confine Remarks that gall fo many, to the few My partners in retreat. Disgust conceald