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cular school. His objections are such, as naturally apply themselves to schools in general. If there were not, as for the most

part there is, wilful neglect in those who manage them, and an omiffion éven of such discipline as they are susceptible of, the objects are yet too numerous for minute attention; and the aching hearts of ten thousand parents, mourning under the bitterest of all disappointments, attest the truth of the allegation. His quarrel therefore is with the mischief at large, and not with any particular instance of it.

The
TASK, in Six Books.

Page.
Book I. The Sofa.....

1 II. The Time-Piece...

35 Ill. The Garden..

71 IV. The Winter Evening.. 107 V. The Winter Morning Walk 143 VI. The Winter Walk at Noon 183

..233

Epistle to Joseph Hill, Esq...

225 Tirocinium : or, a Review of Schools.. To the Rev. Mr. Newton....

271 Catharina....

. 273 The Moralizer corrected..

...276 The Faithful Friend,

279 The Needless Alarm.. Boadicea....

287 Heroism....

290 On the Receipt of my Mother's Picture out of Norfolk.

294 Epistle to a Protestant Lady in France..

299 Friendship....

.. 281

.. 302

THE TASK,

A POEM.

BOOK I.

ARGUMENT OF THE FIRST BOOK.

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 threyher. 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.

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