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DEO OPT. MAX.
ATHER of All! in ev'ry Age,
F In ev'ry Clime ador'd,
By Saint, by Savage, and by Sage,
Thou Great First Cause, least understood:
To know but this, that Thou art Good,
Univerfal Prayer.] It may be proper to obferve, that fome paffages, in the preceding Essay, having been unjustly suspected of a tendency towards Fate and Naturalifm, the author compofed this Prayer as the fum of all, to fhew that his system was founded in free-will, and terminated in piety: That the first caufe was as well the Lord and Governor of the Universe as the Creator of it; and that, by fubmiffion to his will (the great principle inforced throughout the Ejay) was not meant the suffering ourselves to be carried along by a blind determination; but the refting in a religious acquiefcence, and confidence full of Hope and Immortality. To give all this the greater weight, the poet chose for his model the LORD'S PRAYER, which, of all others, best deserves the title refixed to his Paraphrafe.
Yet gave me, in this dark Eftate,
What Confcience dictates to be done,
This, teach me more than Hell to shun, That, more than Heav'n pursue.
What Bleffings thy free Bounty gives,
For God is paid when Man receives,
Yet not to Earth's contracted Span
Let not this weak, unknowing hand
If I am right, thy grace impart,
Save me alike from foolish Pride,
At aught thy wisdom has deny'd,
Teach me to feel another's Woe,
Mean tho' I am, not wholly fo,
Since quick'ned by thy Breath; Oh lead me wherefoe'er I go,
Thro' this day's Life or Death.
This day, be Bread and Peace my
To Thee, whofe Temple is all Space,
One Chorus let all Being raife!