ON A LIFE OF LABOUR.
FROM THE SAME.
WE read in many authors great encomiums on a life of labour, and of the superior blessings of peasants and hard working men, whose tempe∣rate Page 136and abstemious lives not only make them enjoy an uninterrupted state of health, but throw a crim∣son on their cheeks, and give a vigour to their bo∣dies, the sons of wealth and affluence, they tell us, may in vain sigh for. This sounds well; but I own I am doubtful of the fact.
If I compare the working part of mankind, who •••e hard and work hard. with those who eat and drink of the good "things of the earth," I think I can discern better complexions. choicer animal sp•ri•s, and stronger bodies in the latter than in the former. Incessant labour, and coarse and scanty food, have certainly a tendency to weaken the bo∣dies of mankind, and wear them out before their time• And this we 〈◊〉 is the ease, What becomes t••n of the fine spun theories of visionary authors. who so greatly extol a laborious life?—Why, they are destroyed, like other cobweb systems, that will not bear handling.