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That lean hard-handed poverty inflies,
The hope of better things, the chance to win,
The wish to thine, the thirft to be amured,
That at the found of winter's hoary wing
Unpeople all our counties of such herds
Of futtering, loitering, cringing, begging, loose
And wanton vagrants, as make London, vaft
And boundless as it is, a crowded coop.

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THE TASK.

BOOK IV.

ARGUMENT OF THE FOURTH BOOK.

The post comes in.-The newspaper is read. The

world contemplated at a distance. --Address to Win. ter. 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 waswhat 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 TASK.

BOOK IV.

THE WINTER EVENING.

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