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The Enchantment dissolved
Light shining out of Darkness
Retirement
Temptation
Submission
Grace and Providence
The future Peace and Glory of the Church
Prayer for a Blessing .
I will praise the Lord at all Times
The Light and Glory of the World
The Negro's Complaint
Pity for poor Africans

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THE TASK,

A POEM

BOOK I.

ARGUMENT OF THE FIRST BOOK.

Hißorical deduâion of seats, from the flool to the Sofa.

A school-boy's ramble.--A walk in the country.--The scene described.Rural sounds as well as hights delighta ful.

Another walk.-Mistake concerning the charms of folitude corrected.--Colonnadescommended.-- Alcove, and the view from it. The wilderness.--The grove. --The thresher.-The necesity and benefits of exercise. -The works of nature superior to, and in some inflances inimitable by, art.The wearifomeness of what is commonly called a life of pleasure... Change of scene sometimes expedient.-A common described, and. the character of crazy Kate introduced.Gipfies.The blessings of civilized life. That state most favourable to virtue. --The South Sea Islanders compaffionated, but chiefly Omai.--His present fate 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 refledion on tbe fatal effets of dilipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.

THE TASK.

BOOK I.

THE SOFA.

I SING the Sofa. I, who lately fang
Truth, Hope, and Charity *, and touch'd with awe
The folemn chords, and with a trembling hand,
Escap'd with pain from that advent'rous flight,
Now seek repose upon an humbler theme;
The theme though humble, yet august and proud
Th’occasion for the Fair commands the song.

Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for uses Save their own painted flsins, our fires had none. As yet

black breeches were not; fattin smooth, Or velyet foft, or plush with shaggy pile:

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The hardy chief upon the rugged rock
Walh'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 paft, 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
Upborne they stood. Three legs upholding firm
A massy Nab, 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 manfions drear
May still be seen; but perforated fore,
And drill'd in holes, the solid oak is found,
By worms voracious eating through and through.

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, The full-blown rose, the shepherd and his lass,

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