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A D V ER TISEMENT.
THE hiftory 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 subject with it ; and pursuing the train of thought to which his situation and turn of mind led him, brought forth at length, instead of the trifle which he at first intended, a serious affair--a volume.
In the Poem on the subject of Education, he would be very sorry to stand suspected of having aimed his censure at any particular school. His objections are such as naturally apply themselves to schools in general. If there were not, as for the most part' there is, wilful neglect in those who manage them, and an omission even of such discipline as they are susceptible of, the objects are yet too numerous for minute attention ; and the aching hearts of ten thousand parents, mourning under the bitterest of all disappointments, attest the truth of this allegation. His quarrel, therefore, is with the mischief at large, and not with any particular instance of it.
ARGUMENT of the First Book.
Historical deduction of seats, from the flool to the Sofa.
A School-boy's ramble.-A walk in the country. The scene described.— Rural sounds as well as fights delightful.- Another walk.- Mistake, concerning the charms of folitude, corrected. - Colonades commended.--Alcove and the view from it.—The Wil. derness.-The Grove.-The Thresher.-The necefsity and the benefits of exercise.—The works of nature superior to and in some instances inimitable by art.The wearifomeness of what is commonly called a life of pleasure.-Change of scene sometimes expedient.A common described, and the chara&er of crazy Kate introduced.-Gipfes.-The bleffings of civilized life. -That state most favourable to virtue.-The South Sea Islanders compassionated, but chiefly Omai.-His present state of mind sup: ofed. - 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 difipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.
I SING the Sofa. I who lately fang
Time was, when cloathing sumptuous or for