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ARGUMENT OF THE FOURTH BOOK.
The post comes in.—The newspaper is read.—The
World contemplated at a distance.--- Address to Winter.—The rural amusements of a winter evening compared with the fashionable ones.Address to evening.--A brown study.— Fall of snow in the evening.-The waggoner.- A poor family piece.—The rural thief.- Public houses. -The multitude of them censured.—The farmer's daughter: what she was—what she is.The simplicity of country manners almost lost. - 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.-Reflection on bodies corporate.-The love of rural objects natural to all, and never to be totally extinguished.
THE WINTER EVENING.
HARK! 'tis the twanging horn o'er yonder bridge,
Cold and yet cheerful: messenger of grief