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Thus States were form’d; the name of King un
known, 'Till common intrest plac'd the fway in one. 210 'Twas VIRTUE ONLY (or in arts or arms, Diffufing blessings, or averting harms) The fame which in a Sire the Sons obey'd, A Prince the Father of a People made. VI. 'Till then, by Nature crown'd, each Patriarch fate,
215 King, priest, and parent of his growing state; On him, their second Providence, they hung, Their law his eye, their oracle his tongue. He from the wond'ring furrow call'd the food, Taught to command the fire, controul the flood, 220 Draw forth the monsters of th’abyss profound, Or fetch th’aerial eagle to the ground. 'Till drooping, fick’ning, dying they began Whom they rever'd as God to mourn as Man:
NOTES. Ver. 211. 'Twas Virtue tõv cmò rñs ågelas, xal' imepoonly, &c.] Our author hath xàv továre yéves. good authority, for his ac
Ver. 219. He from the count of the origin of king. wond'ring furrow,&c.}i.e. Thip. Aristotle assures us of He subdued the intračtabi. this truth, that it was Vir-lity of all the four elements, tue only, or in arts or arms: and made them subfervient Καθίςαθαι Βασιλεύς εκ των επιεικών | to the ufe of Man. καθ' υπεροχήν αρέλης, και πράξεων
Then, looking up from fire to fire, explor'd
Ver. 225. Then, looking during the former state, they up, &c.] The poet here rested in second causes, the maketh their more serious immediate authors of their attention to Religion to have blessings, whom they revered arisen, not from their gra. as God; but that, in the titude amidst abundance, other, they reasoned up to but from their helplesiness the Firf: in distress; by shewing that,
Then, looking up from fire to fire, &c. This, I am afraid, is but too oblique, &C] A beautiful trae a representation of hu- allusion to the effects of the man nature.
prismatic glass on the rays VER 231. E'er Wit of light.
True faith, true policy, united ran,
Who first taught souls enslav'd, and realms undone,
found, When rock'd the mountains, and when groan’d the ground,
250 She taught the weak to bend, the proud to pray, To Pow'r unseen, and mightier far than they : She, from the rending earth and bursting skies, Saw Gods descend, and fiends infernal rise :
Ver. 242. Th' enormous δ' δ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ είναι φύλαξ, όπως faith, &c.] In this Aristotle οι μεν κεκλημένοι τας εσίας μηθέα placeth the difference be. άδικον πάσχωσιν, ο δε δήμος μη tween a King and aTyrant, υβρίζ ήlαι μηθέν ή δε ΤΥΡΑΝΝΙΣ that the frift fuppofeth him. προς έδεν αποβλέπει κοινόν, ει μη felf made for the People ;
της ιδίας ωφελείας χάριν. Ρol. the other, that the People lib. v. cap. 1o. are made for him : Býrslan
Here fix'd the dreadful, there the blest abodes ; 255
So drives Self-love, thro' just and thro' unjust,
Ver. 262.—and heav'n to go to heaven without on pride.) This might be being received there on the very well said of those times, footing of a God. when no one was content
How shall he keep, what, sleeping or awake, 275
'Twas then, the studious head or gen'rous mind, Follow'r of God or friend of human-kind, Poet or Patriot, rose but to restore
285 The Faith and Moral, Nature gave before ; Re-lum'd her ancient light, not kindled new; If not God's image, yet his shadow drew : Taught Pow'r's due use to People and to Kings, Taught nor to slack, nor strain its tender strings, The less, or greater, set so justly true, 291 That touching one must strike the other too ; 'Till jarring int'rests, of themselves create Th’according music of a well-mix'd State.
NOTES. Ver. 283. 'Twas then, he had principally in view, &c.] The poet seemeth were Socrates and Aristotle ; here to mean the po- who, of all the pagan world, lite and flourishing age of spoke best of God, and Greece ; and those bene- wrote best of Government. factors to Mankind, which