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often inconsistent with, or destructive of Virtue, * 165. That even these can make no Man happy without Virtue : Instanced in Riches, x 183. Honours, x_191. Nobility, x 203. Greatness, $ 215. Fame, $ 235. Superior Talents, ø 257, &c. With pictures of human Infelicity in Men

of them all, $ 267, &c. Virtue only constitutes a Happiness, whose object is universal, and whose prospect eternal, $ 307, &c. That the perfection of Virtue and Happiness confifts in a conformity to the ORDER of ProviDENCE here, and a Resignation to it here and bereafter, $ 326, &c.

Plate XI.

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

name:
That something still which prompts th'eternal figh,
For which we bear to live, or dare to die,
Which still so near us, yet beyond us lies, S
O'er-look'd, seen double, by the fool, and wise.

VARIATIONS.

Ver. 1. Oh Happiness ! &c.] in the MS. thus,

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

EP. IV.] 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 last comes to consider him with regard to the End, that is, Happiness.

NOTES.

Ver. 6. O’erlook'd, seen thing exclusive of Virtue ; double,) O'erlook'd by those feen double by those who ad who place Happiness in any mit any thing else to have

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Plant of celestial feed ! if dropt below,
Say, in what mortal foil thou deign'st to grow ?
Fair op’ning to some Court's propitious shine,
Or deep with di’monds in the flaming mine?
Twin'd with the wreaths Parnassian lawrels yield,
Or reap'd in iron harvests of the field ?
Where grows ? --where grows it not? If vain our toil,
We ought to blame the culture, not the soil :
Fix'd to no spot is Happiness fincere,

15 'Tis no where to be found, or ev'ry where; 'Tis never to be bought, but always free, And fled from monarchs, St John! dwells with thee. Alk of the Learn'd the way? The Learn'd are

blind;
This bids to serve, and that to shun mankind;
Some place the bliss in action, some in ease,
Those call it Pleasure, and Contentment these;

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a share with Virtue in pro- sure, ‘Hsovn, such as the Cycuring Happiness; these be- renaic sect, called on that ing the two general mistakes account the Hedonic. that this epistle is employed Those who place it in a cerin confuting

tain tranquillity or calmness Ver. 21. Some place the of Mind, which they call bliss in action,---Some funk Eidupia, such as the Demoto Beasts, &c.] 1. Those critic fect. 3. The Epicuwho place Happiness, or rean. 4. The Stoic. 5. The the fummum bonum, in Plea- Protagorean, which held

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