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In that blest moment Nature, throwing wide
Behind his own creation, works unseen
By the impure, and hears his pow'r denied.
ARGUMENT OF THE SIXTH BOOK.
Bells at a distance. - Their effect.-A fine noon in
winter.—A sheltered walk.-Meditation better than books. — Our familiarity with the course of nature makes it appear less wonderful than it is.- The transformation that spring effects in a shrubbery described. --A mistake concerning the course of nature corrected. ---God maintains it by an unremitted act. --The amusements fashionable at this hour of the day reproved. —Animals happy, a delightful sight. Origin of cruelty to animals. That it is a great crime proved from scripture.—That proof illustrated by a tale. A line drawn between the lawful and unlawful destruction of them.—Their good and useful properties insisted on. -Apology for the encomiums bestowed by the author on animals. - Instunces of man's extravagant praise of man.—The groans of the creation shall have an end. --A view taken of the restoration of all things. - An invocation and an invitation of him who shall bring it to pass. —The retired man vindicated from the charge of uselessness. Conclusion.
THE WINTER WALK AT NOON.
There is in souls a sympathy with sounds;
Some chord in unison with what we hear
Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies.