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Stand up unconscious, and refute the charge.
ARGUMENT OF THE THIRD BOOK.
Self-recollection and reproof.-- Address to domestic happi
ness.—Some account of myself.—The vanity of many of their pursuits who are reputed wife. ---Jufiification of my cenfures.--Divine illumination necessary to the most expert philosopher.-The question, Wbat 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-feeds.--The ccuntry preferable to the town even in the winter. - Reasons why it is deserted at that season.—Ruinous effets of gaming and of expensive improvement.--Book concludes with an apostrophe to the metropolis.
As one who, long in thickets and in brakes Entangled, winds now this
now that His devious course uncertain, seeking home; Or, having long in miry ways been foild And fore discomfited, from sough to sough Plunging, and half despairing of escape ; If chance at length he find a greensward smooth And faithful to the foot, his spirits rise, He chirrups brisk his ear-erecting steed, And winds his way with pleasure and with case; So I, designing other themes, and callid
T'adorn the Sofa with eulogium due,
Since pulpits fail, and founding-boards reflect
Nor conversant with men or manners much,
Should speak to purpose, or with better hope