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The Enchantment dissolved
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.
I SING the Sofa. I, who lately fang
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:
The hardy chief upon the rugged rock
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,