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London ingulphs them all. The shark is there,
And the shark's prey; the spendthrift, and the leech
That fucks him. There the fycophant, and he
Who, with bare-headed and obsequious bows,
Begs a warm office, doom'd to a cold jail,
And groat per diem, if his

patron

frown. The levee swarms, as if, in golden pomp, Were character'd on ev'ry statesman's door, “BATTER'D AND BANKRUPT FORTUNES MENDED HERE." These are the charms that sully and eclipfe The charms of nature. 'Tis the cruel gripe That lean hard-handed

inficts,
The hope of better things, the chance to win,
The wish to shine, the thirst to be amus'd,
That at the sound of Winter's hoary wing,
Unpeople all our counties, of such herds
Of Autt'ring, loit'ring, cringing, begging, loose
And wanton vagrants, as make London, vast
And boundless as it is, a crowded coop.

poverty

Oh thou, resort and mart of all the earth, Chequer'd with all complexions of mankind, And spotted with all crimes; in whom I fee Much that I love, and more that I admire, And all that I abhor; thou freckled fair, That pleases and yet

shocks

me, I can laugh And I can weep, can hope, and can despond, Feel wrath and pity, when I think on thee ! Ten righteous would have fav'd a city once, And thou hast many righteous. Well for thee That falt preserves thee; more corrupted else, And therefore more obnoxious at this hour, Than Sodom in her day had pow'r to be, For whom God heard his Abr’am plead in vain.

THE

TA S K.

BOOK IV.

ARGUMENT of the FOURTH BOOK,

The post comes in.-The news-paper 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, - A poor family-piece. - The rural thief. Public bouses.The multitude of them censured. --The farmer's daughter, what she was -- What she is. The fimplicity of country manners almost loft.-Causes of the change. Desertion of the country by the rich.Negle&t of magistrates. - The militia principally in fault. The new recruit and his transformation. Reflection on bodies corporate. The love of rural obječts natural to all, and never to be totally extin, guished,

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HARK ! 'tis the twanging horn! o'er yonder bridge, That with its wearisome but needful length Bestrides the wintry flood, in which the moon Sees her unwrinkled face reflected bright ; He comes, the herald of a noisy world, With spatter'd boots, strapp'd waist, and frozen locks, News from all nations lumbʼring at his back. True to his charge, the close-pack'd load behind, Yet careless what he brings, his one concern Is to conduct it to the destin'd inn,

And

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