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ARGUMENT. Page 291, Pastor's apology and apprehensions that he might have
detained his Auditors too long, with the Pastor's invitation to his house—292, Solitary disinclined to comply-rallies the Wanderer—292, and playfully draws a comparison between his itinerant profession and that of the Knight-errant—294, which leads to Wanderer's giving an account of changes in the Country from the manufacturing spirit—295, Favourable effects—296, The other side of the picture, and chiefly as it has affected the humbler classes_298, Wanderer asserts the hollowness of all national grandeur if unsupported by moral worth-299, Physical science unable to support itself--300, Lamentations over an excess of manufacturing industry among the humbler Classes of Society.-301, Picture of a Child employed in a Cotton-mill -303, Ignorance and degradation of Children among the agricultural Population reviewed—306, Conversation broken off by a renewed Invitation from the Pastor_307, Path leading to his House-- 307, Its appearance described-308, His Daughter309, His Wife_310, His Son (a Boy) enters with his Companion_3]], Their happy appearance-312, The Wanderer how affected by the sight of them.
The pensive Sceptic of the lonely vale
And such as my best judgment could select
-But let us hence ! my dwelling is in sight,
At this the Solitary shrunk With backward will ; but, wanting not address That inward motion to disguise, he said To his Compatriot, smiling as he spake : —“The peaceable remains of this good Knight Would be disturbed, I fear, with wrathful scorn, If consciousness could reach him where he lies That one, albeit of these degenerate times, Deploring changes past, or dreading change Foreseen, had dared to couple, even in thought, The fine vocation of the sword and lance With the gross aims and body-bending toil Of a poor brotherhood who walk the earth Pitied, and, where they are not known, despised.
Yet, by the good Knight's leave, the two estates Are graced with some resemblance. Errant those,
Exiles and wanderers—and the like are these;
And in the lover's fancy; and to feed
-By these Itinerants, as experienced men,
“ Happy,” rejoined the Wanderer, “they who gain A panegyric from your generous tongue ! But, if to these Wayfarers once pertained Aught of romantic interest, it is gone. Their purer service, in this realm at least, Is past for ever.--An inventive Age Has wrought, if not with speed of magic, yet To most strange issues. I have lived to mark A new and unforeseen creation rise From out the labours of a peaceful Land Wielding her potent enginery to frame And to produce, with appetite as keeri As that of war, which rests not night or day, Industrious to destroy! With fruitless pains Might one like me now visit many a tract Which, in his youth, he trod, and trod again, A lone pedestrian with a scanty freight, Wished-for, or welcome, wheresoe'er he cameAmong the tenantry of thorpe and vill ; Or straggling burgh, of ancient charter proud, And dignified by battlements and towers