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Stand up unconscious, and refute the charge.
ARGUMENT of the Third BOOK.
Self-recollečtion and reproof.-Address to domestic heppi
ness.-- Some account of myself. The vanity of many of their pursuits who are reputed wise.—Justification of my censures.-Divine illumination necessary to the most expert philosopher. — The question, What is truth? answered by other questions.-- Domestic happiness addressed again.-Few lovers of the country.--My tame bare.-Occupations of a retired gentleman in his garden.--- Pruning.–Framing.–Greenhouse.—Sowing of flower-jeeds.The country preferable to the town even in the winter. – Reasons why it is deserted at that season. --- Ruinous effects of gaming and of expensive improvement. --- Book concludes with an apostrophe to the metropolis.
TA S K.
воок ІІ. THE GARDEN.
As one who, long in thickets and in brakes
T'adorn the Sofa with eulogium due,
Since pulpits fail, and sounding-boards reflect Most part an empty ineffe&tual sound, What chance that I, to fame so little known, Nor conversant with men or manners much, Should speak to purpose, or with better hope Crack the satiric thong ? 'twere wiser far For me, enamour'd of sequester’d scenes, And charm’d with rural beauty, to repose Where chance may throw me, beneath elm or vine, My languid limbs when summer fears the plains,