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ARGUMENT OF THE THIRD BOOK.

Self-recollection and reproof.- Address to domestic happiness. Some

account of myself.—The vanity of many of their pursuits, who are repated wise. ---Justification of my censures.-Divine illumination necessary to the most expert philɔsopher.—The question, What is truth? answered by other questions.--Domestic happiness addressed again.---Few lovers of the country. My tame hare.-Occupations of a retired gentleman in his garden-Pruning.- Framing.-Greenhouse.-Sowing of flower seeds.-The country preferable to the town even in the winter. Reasons why it is deserted at that season. ---Ruinous effects of gaming, and of expensive improvement.--Book concludes with an apostrophe to the metropolis.

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one, who long in thickets and in brakes Entangled wipds now this way and now that His devious course uncertain, seeking home ; Or, having long in miry ways been foil'd And sore discomfited, from slough to slough Plunging and half despairing of escape; If chance at length he find a greensward smooth And faithful to the foot, bis spirits rise, He cherups brisk his ear-erecting steed, And winds his way with pleasure and with ease; So I, designing other themes, and callid Tadorn the Sofa with eulogium due, To tell it's, slumbers, and to paint it's dreams, Have rambled wide. In country, city, seat Of academic fame (howe'er deserv'd), Long held, and scarcely disengag'd at last.

But now with pleasant pace a cleanlier road qvodT I mean to tread. I feel myself at large, W. JEST TO Courageous, and refresh'd for future toil, 1707 10 If toil await me, or if dangers new,

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Since pulpits fail, and sounding boards reflect 1 Most part an empty ineffectual sound, What chance that I, to fame so little known, 6 H Nor conversant with men or manners much, sut Should speak to purpose, or with better hope toil'i Crack the satiric thong? 'Twere wiser faros 'n huA For me, enamour'd of sequester'd scenes, poio And charm'd with rural beauty, to repose, !!', -6,7 Where chance may throw me, beneath elm orvine, My languid limbs, when summer sears the plains, Or, when rough winter rages, on the soft And shelter'd Sofa, while the nitrous air 67 Feeds a blue flame, and makes a cheerful bearth;T There, undisturb’d by Folly, and appris'd How great the danger of disturbing her, i To muse in silence, or at least confine !!! Remarks, that gall so many, to the few My partners in retreat. Disgust conceal'd Is ofttimes proof of wisdom, when the fault * 5+1 Is obstinate, and cure beyond our reach.

2 Domestic Happiness, thou only bliss Of Paradise, that hast surviv'd the fall!

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Though few now taste thee' unimpair'd and pure,
Or tasting long enjoy thee! too infirm,
Or too incautious, 'to preserve thy sweets
Unmix'd with drops of bitter, which neglect
Or temper sheds into thy crystal cup ;
Thou art the nurse of Virtue, in thine arms
She smiles, appearing, as in truth she is,
Heav'n-born, and destin'd to the skies again.
Thou art not known where Pleasure is ador'd,

That Peeling goddess with the zoneless waist
And wand'ring eyes, still leaning on the arm
Of Novelty, ber fiekle, frail support;
For thou art meek and constant, háting change,
And finding in the calm of truth-tried love
Joys, that her stormy raptures never yield.
Forsaking thee what shipwreck have we made
Of honour, dignity, and fair renown!
Till prostitution elbows us aside
In all our crowded streets; and senates seem
Conven'd for purposes of empire less,
Than to release th' adultress from her bond.'!
Th’ adultress ! what a theme for angry verse!
What provocation to th' indignant heart,"
That feels for injur'd love! but I disdain
The nauseous task, to paint her as she is,
Cruel, abandon'd, glorying in her shame!
No :- let her pass, and, chariotted along
In guilty splendour, shake the public ways;

The frequency of crimes has wash'd them white, w
And verse of mine shall never brand the wretch, UT
Whom matrons now of character unšmirel'd, OqYH
And chaste themselves, ate not asham'd to own. A)
Virtue and vice had bound'ries in old time, si el
Not to be pass’d: and she, that had renounc'd 11
Her sex's honour, was renounc'd herself
By all that priz'd it; not for prud'ry's sake,

is& But dignity's, resentful of the wrong.

advat 'Twas hard perhaps on here and there a waif, le bod Desirous to return, and not receiv'd : But was a wholesome rigour in the main, 26w ] And taught th' unblemish'd to preserve with care of That purity, whose loss was loss of all. 4 >4 M Men too were nice in honour in those days; 1721f And judg’d offenders well. Then he that shärpa, T And pocketted a prize by fraud obtain'd, Was mark'd and shủnn'd as odious. He that sold His Country, or was slack when she requir'd"} His ev'ry nerve in action and at stretch, Paid with the blood, that he had basely' spar'd, The price of his default. But now-yes, now We are become so candid and so fair, So lib'ral in construction, and so rich In christian charity, (good-natur'd age !) That they are safe, sinners of either sex; luft's is eV/ Transgress what laws they may. Well dress'd, well T bred,

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