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London ingulphs them all! The shark is there,
And the fhark's prey; the fpendthrift, and the leech
That fucks him. There the fycophant, and he
Who, with bare-headed and obfequious bows,
Begs a warm office, doom'd to a cold jail
And groat per diem, if his patron frown.
The levee fwarms, as if, in golden pomp,

Were character'd on ev'ry ftatefman's door,
"BATTER'D AND BANKRUPT FORTUNES MENDED HERE."

These are the charms that fully and eclipfe
The charms of nature. 'Tis the cruel gripe
That lean hard-handed poverty inflicts,
The hope of better things, the chance to win,
The wish to fhine, the thirst to be amus'd,
That at the found of winter's hoary wing
Unpeople all our counties of fuch herds
Of flutt'ring, loit'ring, cringing, begging, loofe
And wanton vagrants, as make London, vaft
And boundless as it is, a crowded coop.
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Oh thou, refort and mart of all the earth, Chequer'd with all complexions of mankind, And spotted with all crimes; in whom I fee Much that I love, and more that I admire, And all that I abhor; thou freckled fair, That pleafeft and yet fhock'ft me, I can laugh And I can weep, can hope, and can deípond, Feel wrath and pity, when I think on thee! Ten righteous would have fav'd a city once, And thou haft many righteous.-Well for theeThat falt preferves thee; more corrupted elfe, And therefore more obnoxious, at this hour Than Sodom in her day had pow'r to be, For whom God heard his Abr'am plead in vain.

THE

TAS K.

BOOK IV.

ARGUMENT OF THE FOURTH BOOK.

The poft comes in.-The news-paper is read.―The world contemplated at a distance. Addrefs 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 boufes.-The multitude of them cenfured.—The farmer's daughter: what she was what he is.-The Simplicity of country manners almoft loft.-Causes of the change.-Defertion 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 extinguifhed,

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HARK! 'tis the twanging horn o'er yonder bridge,
That with its wearifome but needful length
Beftrides the wintry flood, in which the moon
Sees her unwrinkled face reflected bright;-

He comes, the herald of a noify world,
With spatter'd boots, strapp'd waift, and frozen locks;
News from all nations lumb'ring at his back.

True to his charge, the close-pack'd load behind,
Yet careless what he brings, his one concern

Is to conduct it to the deftin'd inn;

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