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The 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 the allegation. His quarrel therefore is with the mischief at large, and not with any particular instance of it..

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The Argument.
Historical deduction of seats, from the stool to the Sofa.

A School-boy's ramble. A walk in the country...The
scene described.-Rural sounds as well as sights delightful.
Another walk-Mistake concerning the charmis pf solitude
corrected. --Colonnades commended. -- Alcove, and the
view from it. The wilderness. The grove. The thresher.
The necessity and the benefits of exercise. The works of
liature superior to, and in some instances inimitablé by:
art. The wearisomeness of what is commonly called a
life of pleasure. Change of scene sometimes expedient,
A common described, and the character of crazy Kate in.
troduced.Gipsies. The blessiúig of civil zed life. Thac
state most favourable to virtue. The South Sea islanders"
compassionated, but chiefly Omai-His present state of
mind supposed. ---Civilized life' friendly' to virtue, but not
great cities. Great cities, and London in particolar, ale
lowed their due praise, but censured. Fete champêtre.
The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effects of
dissipation and effemibacy upon our public measures.

I sing the Sofa. I who lately sang
Truth, Hope; and Charity *, and touched with awe
The solemn chords, and with a trembling hand,
Escaped with pain from that adventurous flight,

See Poems, vol. i.

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