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To feel, and courage to redress her wrongs ;
To monarchs dignity; to judges sense;.
To artists ingenuity and skill;
To me an unambitious mind, content
In the low vale of life, that early felt
A wish for ease and leisure, and ere long
Found here that leisure and that ease I wished.

THE TASK.

BOOK V.

ARGUMENT OF THE FIFTH BOOK.

A frosty morning.--The foddering of cattle. The

dman and his dog.The poultry-Whimsical effects of frost at a waterfall.-The Empress of Russia's palace of ice.--Amusements of monarchs.War, one of them.--Wars, whence.And whence monarchy.The evils of it.-English and French loyalty contrasted. --The Bastile and a prisoner there.Liberty the chief recommendation of this country.-Modern patriotism questionable, and why.The perishable nature of the best human institutions.--Spiritual liberty not perishable. - The slavish state of man ly nature.--Deliver him, Deist, if you can.Grace must do it. The respective merits of patriots and martyrs stated.Their different treatment.-Happy freedom of the man whom grace makes free.- His relish of the works of God.-Address to the Creator.

THE TASK.

BOOK V.

THE WINTER MORNING WALK.

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is morning; and the fun, with ruddy orb Ascending, fires the horizon; while the clouds, That crowd away before the driving wind, More ardent as the disk emerges more, Resemble most some city in a blaze, Seen through the leafless wood. His Nanting ray Slides ineffectual down the snowy vale, And, tinging all with his own rofy hue, From every herb and every spiry blade Stretches a length of shadow o'er the field. Mine, spindling into longitude immense, In spite of gravity, and fage remark That I myself am but a fleeting shade,

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