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The history of the following production is briefly this: A lady, fond of blank verse, demanded a poem of that kind from the author, and gave him the Sofa for a subject. He obeyed; and, having much leisure, connected another subject with it; and pursuing the train of thought, to which his situation and turn of mind led him, brought forth at length, instead of the trifle which he at first intended, a serious affair-a Volume,

In the Poem on the subject of Education, he would be very sorry to stand suspected of having aimed his censure at any particular 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 omission even 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 Argument.
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 pf 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
liature 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 in.
troduced.-Gipsies.-The blessing of civil zed life.—Thai
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 particolar, al-
lowed their due praise, but censured. --Fete champêtre.-
The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effects of
dissipation and effemibacy upon our public measures.


SING the Sofa. I who'lately sang
Truth, Hotel
The solemn chords, and with a trembling hand,
Escaped with pain from that adventurous flight,

See Poems, vol. i.


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