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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1818. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE TASK. THE SOFA. I Sivg the Sofa. I,
who lately sang Truth, Hope, and Charity*, and touched with awe The
solemn chords, and with a trembling hand, Escaped with pain from
that adventurous flight, Now seek repose upon an humbler theme; The
theme, though humble, yet august and proud The occasion--for the
fair commands the song. Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for
use, Save their own painted skins, our sires had none. As yet black
breeches were not; satin smooth, Or velvet soft, or plush with
shaggy pile: * See Poemj, ral. i. VOL. II. - The hardy chief upon
the rugged rock / Washed by the sea, or on the gravelly bank Thrown
up by wintry torrents roaring loud, Fearless of wrong, reposed his
weary strength, Those barbarous ages past, succeeded next The
birthday of Invention; weak at first. Dull in design, and clumsy to
perform. Joint-stools were then created; on three legs Upborne they
stood. Three legs upholding firm. A massy slab, in fashion square
or round. On such a stool immortal Alfred sat, And swayed the
sceptre of his infant realms: And such in ancient halls and
mansions drear May still be seen; but perforated sore, And drilled
in holes, the solid oak is found, By worms voracious eating through
and througb. At length a generation more refined Improved the
simple plan; made three legs four, Gave them a twisted form
vermicular, And o'er the seat, with plenteous wadding stuffed,
Induced a splendid cover, green and blue, Yellow and red, of
tapestry richly wrought And woven close, or needlework sublime.
There might ye see the piony spread wide, The full-blown rose, the
shepherd and his las;-, Lapdog and lambkin with black staring eyes,
And parrots with twin cherries in their beak. Now eame the cane
from India, smooth and bright With Nature's ...
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