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THE TASK.

BOOK IV.

ARGUMENT OF THE FOURTH BOOK.

The post comes in.-The newspaper is read. The

world con:emplated at a distance.--Address to Iin. ter. The rural amusements of a winter evening compared with the fashionable ones. --Address 10 evening.-A brown study Fall of snow in the evening.--The waggone.- A poor family-piece.The rural thief. ---Public houses. The multitude of them censured.--The farmer's daughter: what she was--what she is.The sin plicity of ccuntry manners almost lost.-Causes of the change.- Desertion of the country by the rich.-Neglect of magistrutes. The militia principally in fault.The new recruit and his transformation.-Reflection on l'odies corporate.-The love of rural objects natural to all, and never to be totally extinguished.

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