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Historical deduction of seats from the stool to the Sofa.
- A Schoolboy's ramble—A walk in the country.The scene described.—Rural sounds as well as sights delightful.- Another walk.— Mistake concerning the charms of 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 nature superior to, and in some instances inimitable 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 introduced.-Gipsies.— The blessings of civilized life.That 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 particular, allowed their due praise, but censured.— Fête champêtre.—The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effects of dissipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.
I sing the Sofa. I, who lately sang
Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for use, Save their own painted skins, our sires had none. As yet black breeches were not; satin smooth, 10 Or velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile:
The hardy chief upon the rugged rock
And such in ancient halls and mansions drear
May still be seen; but perforated sore,
At length a generation more refin’d Improv’d the simple plan; made three legs four, Gave them a twisted forın vermicular,
And o’er the seat, with plenteous wadding stuff’d,
Now came the cane from India smooth and
bright With Nature's varnish; sever'd into stripes, That interlac'd each other, these supplied Of texture firm a lattice-work, that brac'd The new machine, and it became a chair. But restless was the chair; the back erect Distress'd the weary loins, that felt no ease; The slipp’ry seat betray'd the sliding part, That press’d it, and the feet hung dangling down, Anxious in vain to find the distant floor.