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ARGUMENT OF THE FOURTH BOOK.
The post comes in.--The newspaper is read.—The
world contemplated at a distance.- Address to Winter.—The rural amusements of a winter evening compared with the fashionable ones. --Address to evening.—A brown study.— Fall of snow in the evening.–The waggoner.- poor family-piece. The rural thief.—Public houses.—The multitude of them censured.—The farmer's daughter: what Me was—what Me is.—Tke fimplicity of country manners almost loft.-Causes of the change.-Defertion of the country by the rich.-Neglex of magiftrates. The militia principally in fault.—The new recruit and his transformation.-Reflection on bodies corporate.—The love of rural objects natural to all, and never to be totally extinguished.
THE WINTER EVENING.
Hark! 'tis the twanging horn o'er yonder bridge,
Cold and yet cheerful; messenger of grief
Now ftir the fire, and close the fhutters faft, Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round, And while the bubbling and loud hiffing urn Throws up a steamy column, and the cups, That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful evening in. Not such his evening, who with fhining face Sweats in the crowded theatre, and, squeezed And bored with elbow-points through both his fides, Out-scolds the ranting actor on the stage: Nor his, who patient stands till his feet throb, And his head thumps, to feed upon the breath Of patriots, bursting with heroic rage, Or placemen, all tranquillity and smiles. This folio of four pages, happy work! Which not e’vn critics criticise; that holds Inquisitive attention, while I read, Faft bound in chains of silence, which the fair, Though eloquent themselves, yet fear to break; What is it, but a map of busy life, Its flu&uations, and its vast concerns? Here runs the mountainous and craggy ridge, That tempts ambition. On the summit see The seals of office glitter in his eyes;