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Of riper joys, and commerce with the world, 7
The lewd vain world, that must receive him soon,
Add to such erudition, thus acquir'd,
Where science and where virtue are profess'd?

They may confirm his habits, rivet fast
His folly, but to spoil him is a task
That tids defiance to th' united pow'rs
Of fashion, dissipation, taverns, stews.
Now, blame we most the nurslings or the nurse ?
The children, crook'd, and twisted, and deform’d,
Through want of care; or her, whose winking eye
And slumb'ring oscitancy, mars the brood ?
The nurse no doubt. Regardless of her charge,
She needs herself correction ; needs to learn,
That it is dangerous sporting with the world,
With things so sacred as a nation's trust,
The nurture of her youth, her dearest pledge.

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;
Nor can example hurt them: what they see . ;
Of vice in others but enhancing more , ;
The charms of virtue in their just esteem. i
If such escape contagion, and emerge . s.
Pure, from so foul a pool, to shine abroad, s,
And give the world their talents and themselves,
Small thanks to those whose negligence or slothy,
Expos'd their inexperience to the snare, if
And left them to an undirected choice...!!

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

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Of the rob'd pedagogue ! Else, let th' arraign'd
Stand up unconscious, and refute the charge.
So, when the Jewish leader stretch'd his arm,
And wav'd his rod divine, a race obscene,
Spawn'd in the muddy beds of Nile, came forth,
Polluting Egypt: gardens, fields, and plains,
Were cover'd with the pest; the streets were fill'd;
The croaking nuisance lurk'd in ev'ry nook ;
Nor palaces, nor even chambers, 'scap'd;
And the land stank....so num'rous was the fry.

THE TASK,

A POEM.

BOOK III.

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.

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