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Of riper joys, and commerce with the world, 7
They may confirm his habits, rivet fast
All are not such. I had a brother once.... Peace to the mem'ry of a man of worth, A man of letters, and of manners too! Of manners sweet as virtue always wears, When gay good-nature dresses her in smiles. He grac'd a college,* in which order yet Was sacred; and was honor'd, lov'd, and wept, By more than one, themselves conspicuous there.. Some minds are temper'd happily, and mix'd With such ingredients of good sense and taste Of what is excellent in man, they thirst With such a zeal to be what they approve, That no restraints can circumscribe them more
* Benuet College, Cambridge.
Than they themselves by choice, for wisdom's sake;
See, then, the quiver broken and decay'd, In which are kept our arrows! rusting there In wild disorder, and unfit for use, What wonder, if discharg'd into the world, They shame their shooters with a random flight, Their points obtuse, and feathers drunk with wine! Well may the church wage unsuccessful war, With such artill’ry arm’d. Vice parries wide Th’ undreaded volley with a sword of straw,And stands an impudent and fearless mark. .
Have we not track'd the felon home, and found 5 His birth-place and his dam? The country mourns..., Mourns, because ev'ry plague that can infest Society, and that saps and worms the base Of th' edifice that policy has rais'd, Swarms in all quarters; meets the eye, the ear, . And suffocates the breath at ev'ry turn. Profusion breeds them; and the cause itself Of that calamitous mischief has been found : ) Found too, where most offensive, in the skirts
Of the rob'd pedagogue ! Else, let th' arraign'd
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 quesion, 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.... Ruinous effects of gaming and of expensive improvement....Book concludes with an apostropbe to the metropolis.