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Stand up unconscious, and refute the charge.
So when the Jewish Leader ftretch'd his arm,
Spawn'd in the muddy beds of Nile, came forth,
And the land ftank, fo num'rous was the fry.
ARGUMENT of the THIRD Book.
Self-recollection and reproof.—Addrefs to domeftic happinefs. Some account of myself.-The vanity of many of their purfuits who are reputed wife.—Juftification of my cenfures.-Divine illumination necessary to the moft expert philofopher.-The question, What is truth? anfwered by other questions. Domestic happiness addreffed again.-Few lovers of the country.—My tame bare.-Occupations of a retired gentleman in his garden.-Pruning.-Framing.-Greenhouse.-Sowing of flower-feeds.-The country preferable to the town even in the winter. Reafons why it is deferted at that feafon.-Ruinous effects of gaming and of expenfive improvement. Book concludes with an apostrophe to the metropolis.
As one who, long in thickets and in brakes
If chance at length he find a green-fward smooth
He chirrups brisk his ear-erecting steed,
And winds his way with pleasure and with ease;
T'adorn the Sofa with eulogium due,
To tell its flumbers and to paint its dreams,
Since pulpits fail, and founding-boards reflect
And charm'd with rural beauty, to repose
Where chance may throw me, beneath elm or vine,
My languid limbs when fummer fears the plains,