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ARGUMENT of the FOURTH Book.
The post comes in.--The news-paper is read.-The
world contemplated at a distance.—Address to Winter --The rural amusements of a winter evening compared with the fashionable ones.--Address to evening.—A brown Audy.-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 me was.-What she is.- I be fimplicity of country manners almost loft.-Causes of the change.-Defertion of the country by the riche-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.
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THE WINTER EVENING.
HARK! 'tis the twanging horn ! o'er yondes
bridge That with its wearisome but needful length Beltrides the wintry flood, in which the moon. Sees her unwrinkled face reflected bright; He comes, the herald of a noisy world, With spatter'd boots, strapp'd waist, 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, And having dropp'd th' expected bag---pass on.
He whistles as he goes, light-hearted wretch,
Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,