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The Moralizer corrected....
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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 inimitablé 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 blessing 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 champêtre.The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effects of dissipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.
SING the Sofa. I who lately sang Truth, Hope, and Charity*, and touched with awe The solemn chords, and with a trembling hand, Escaped with pain from that adventurous flight,
See Poems, vol. i.
Now seek repose upon an humbler theme;
Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for use, Save their own painted skins, or sires had none. As yet black breeches were not; satin smooth, Or velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile: The hardy chief upon the rugged rock Washed by the sea, or on the gravelly bank Thrown up by wintry torrents roaring loud, Fearless of wrong, reposed his weary strength. Those barbarous 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 Upborne they stood. Three legs upholding firm A massy slab, in fashion square or round, On such a stool immortal Alfred sat,
And swayed the sceptre of his infant realms :
There might ye see the piony spread wide,
Now came the cane from India smooth and bright
These for the rich: the rest, whom fate had placed In modest mediocrity, content
With base materials, sat on well tanned-hides,
If cushion might be called, what harder seemed