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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 the allegation. His quarrel therefore is with the mischief at large, and not with any particular instance of it.

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CONTENTS TO VOL. II.

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THE TASK.

BOOK 1.

ARGUMENT OF THE FIRST BOOK.

Historical deduction of seats, from the stool to the Sofa.—A Schoolboy's

ramble. A walk in the country. The seene 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 the 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 some-
nimes expedient.A commen described, and the character of crazy
Kate introduced.Gipsies. The blessings of civilized life. -That
state most favourable 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 London in particular, allowed their due praises, but censured.
Fete champetre.-The book concludes with a reflection on the fatat
affects of dissipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.

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