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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 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. -- Fete champetre.—The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effects of dissipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.
THE TAS K.
THE SOF A.
I sing the SOFA. I, who lately sang
Th' occasion-for the fair commands the
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, Or velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile:
* See Poems, Vol. I.
The hardy chief
upon the rugged rock Wash'd by the sea, or on the grav’ly bank Thrown up by wintry torrents roaring loud, Fearless of wrong, repos'd his weary strength. Those barb'rous ages past, succeeded next The birth-day of invention; weak at first, Dull in design, and clumsy to perform. Joint-stools were then created; on three legs Upborn they stood. Three legs upholding firm A massy slab, in fashion square or round.
On such a stool immortal Alfred sat,
And sway'd the sceptre of his infant realms:
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 form vermicular,
And o'er the seat, with plenteous wadding stuff’d, Induc'd a splendid cover, green and blue, Yellow and red, of tap’stry richly wrought
And woven close, or needle-work sublime.
There might ye see the piony spread wide,
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;
Anxious in vain to find the distant floor.