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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 study.–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 she was-what she is.—The simplicity of country manners almost lost. — Causes of the change. -Desertion of the country by the rich.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.
THE TAS K.
THE WINTER EVENING.
Hark! 'tis the twanging horn o'er yonder bridge,
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 destin'd inn;
And, having dropp'd th' expected bag, pass on. He whistles as he goes, light-hearted wretch,
Cold and yet cheerful: messenger of grief
Snore to the murmurs of th' Atlantic wave?
Is India free? and does she wear her plum'd
And jewell'd turban with a smile of peace,