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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 reputed wise. -Justification of my censures.-Divine illumination necessary to the most expert philosopher. -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.
1.-Ruinous effects of gaming, and of expensive improvement.-Book concludes with an apostrophe to the metropolis.
As one, who long in thickets and in brakes
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' dreams,
Have rambled wide. In country, city, seat
Since pulpits fail, and sounding boards reflect
throw beneath elm or vine, My languid limbs, when summer sears the plains; Or, when rough winter rages, on the soft And shelter'd Sofa, while the nitrous air Feeds a blue flame, and makes a cheerful hearth; There, undisturb’d by Folly, and appris'd How great the danger of disturbing her, To muse in silence, or at least confine