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For Modes of Faith, let graceless zealots fight; 305 His can't be

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whose life is in the right: In Faith and Hope, the world will disagree, But all Mankind's concern is Charity: All must be false that thwart this One great End; And all of God, that bless Mankind, or mend. 310

Man, like the gen'rous vine, supported lives; The strength he gains is from th' embrace he gives. On their own Axis as the Planets run, Yet make at once their circle round the Sun ; So two consistent motions act the Soul ;

315 And one regards Itself, and one the Whole.

Thus God and Nature link'd the gen'ral frame, And bade Self-love and Social be the same.

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ARGUMENT OF

E P I S T L E IV.

Of the Nature and State of Man with respect to

Happiness. I. FALSE Notions of Happiness, Philosophical and Po

pular, answered from ver. 19 to 77. II. It is the End of all Men, and attainable by all. ver. 30. God intends Happiness to be equal; and to be so, it must be social, since all particular Happiness depends on general, and fince he governs by general, not particular Laws, ver. 37. As it is necessary for Order, and the peace and welfare of Society, that external goods should be unequal, Happiness is not made to confijt in these, ver. 51. But, notwithstanding that inequality, the balance of Happiness among mankind is kept even by Providence, by the two Pollions of Hope and Fear, ver. 70. III, What the Happiness of Individuals is, as far as is consistent with the constitution of this world; and that the good Man has here the advantage, ver. 77. The error of imputing to Virtue what are only the calamities of Nature, or of Fortune, ver. 94. IV. The folly of expecting that God should alter his general Laws in favour of particulars, ver. 121. V. That we are not judges who are good; but that whoever they are, they must be happieji, ver. 133. etc. VI. That external goods are not the proper rewards, but often inconsistent with, or destructive of Vire tue, ver. 167. That even these can make no Mar happy without Virtue: Infanced in Riches, ver. 185. Honours, ver. 193. Nobility, ver. 203. Greatness, ver. 217. Fame, ver. 237. Superior Talents, ver. 259, etc. With pictures of buman infelicity in Men podeled of them all, ver. 269, etc. VII. That Virtue only conftitutes a Hoppiness, whose obje£t is universal, and whole prospect eternal, ver 309, etc. That the perfection of Virtue and Happiness confifts in a conformity to the Order of PROVIDENCE here, and a Resignation to it here and hereafter, ver. 326,

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EPIS T L E IV.

H HAY our being's end and aim !
Good, Pleature, Ease, Content! whate'er thy

name :

That something ftill which prompts th' eternal figh,
For which we bear to it, or dare to die,
Which ftill so near us, yet beyond us lies,

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O’er-look’d, seen double, by the fool, and wise.
Plant of celestial seed! if dropt below,
Say, in what mortal foil thou deign'it to grow
Fair op'ning to some Court's propitious fhine,
Or deep with di'monds in the flaming mine doma

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THE two foregoing epistles having considered Man with regard to the Means (that is, in all his relations, whether as an Individual, or a Member of Society) this laft comes to consider him with regard to the End, that is, Hap

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Ver. 6. O'er-look'd, seen double,] O'er-look'd by those who place Happiness in any thing exclusive of Virtue ; feen double by those who admit any thing else to have a Mare with Virtue in procuring Happiness; these being the two general mistakes that this epistle is employed in confuling.

VARIATIONS.
Ver. 1. Ob Happiness ! etc.] in the MS. thụs,

Oh Happiness, to which we all aspire,
Wing'd with strong hope, and borne by full desire;
That eafe, for which in want, in wealth we figh;
That ease, for which we labour and we die.

Know then thi$Truth(enough for Manto knon Virtue alone is Happinips belon.

Upay on Man tp IV

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