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HE history of the following production is briefly

this : A lady, fond of blank verse, demanded a poem

of that kind from the author, and gave him the SOFA for a subject. He obeyed; and, having much leisure, connected another subject with it ; and pursuing the train of thought to which his situation and turn of mind led him, brought forth at length, instead of the trifle which he at first intended, a serious affair-a volume.

In the Poem on the subject of Education, he would be very sorry to stand suspected of having aimed his censure at any particular school. His objections are such as naturally apply themselves to schools in general.

If there were not, as for the most part there is, wilful neglect in those who 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 this allegation. His quarrel, therefore, is with the mischief at large, and not with any particular instance of it.


ARGUMENT of the First Book.

Historical deduction of seats, from the flool to the Sofa.

A School-boy's ramble. - A walk in the country. -
The scene described.- Rural sounds as well as fights
delightful.- Another walk.- Mistake, concerning
the charms of folitude, corrected.--Colonades com-
mended.-Alcove and the view from it.-The Wil.
derness.-The Grove.-The Thresher.-The necef-
fity and the benefits of exercise.The works of nature
superior to and in some instances inimitable by art.-
The weari fomeness of what is commonly called a life of
pleasure.-Change of scene fometimes expedient.
A common described, and the chara&er of crazy Kate
introduced. -Gipfies.-The bleffings of civilized life.
--That flate most favourable to virtue.-The South
Sea Islanders compassionated, but chiefly Omai.
His present state of mind sup: ofed. - Civilized life
friendly to virtue, but not great cities. Great cities,
and London in particular, allowed their due praise,
but censured.- Fete Champetre.-The book concludes
with a reflection on the fatal effects of difipation and
effeminacy upon our public measures.

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I SING the Sofa. I who lately sang
Truth, Hope and Charity *, and touch'd with



The solemn chords, and with a trembling hand,
Escap'd with pain from that advent'rous flight,
Now seek repose upon an humbler theme;
The theme though humble, yet august and proud
Th' occafion--for the Fair commands the song.
Time was, when cloathing sumptuous or for

Save their own painted skins, our fires had none.
As yet black breeches were not; fattin smooth,

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