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Some sunk to Beasts, find pleasure end in pain; Some swell'd to Gods, confess ev'n Virtue vain; Or indolent, to each extreme they fall,
25 To trust in ev'ry thing, or doubt of all.
Who thus define it, say they more or less Than this, that Happiness is Happiness?
Take Nature's path, and mad Opinion's leave; All states can reach it, and all heads conceive; 30 Obvious her goods, in no extreme they dwell ; There needs but thinking right, and meaning well ; And mourn our various portions as we please, Equal is Common Sense, and Common Ease.
NOTES. that Man was návler xempátar | it to be always at hand, peérgov, the measure of all makes the former conclude things; for that all things it is never to be found. which appear to him are, The only difference is, that and those things which ap- the laziness of the one is pear not to any Man are desponding, and the laziness not ; so that every imagina- of the other fanguine ; yet gination or opinion of every both can give it a good
was true. 6. The name, and call it HapSceptic : Whole absolute piness. Doubt is with great judg Ver. 23. Some funk to ment said to be the effect Beasts, &c.] These four of Indolence, as well as the lines added in the last Ediabsolute Trust of the Pro- tion, as necessary to comtagorean : For the fame plete the summary of the dread of labour attending false pursuits after happiness the search of truth, which amongst the Greek philomakes this latter presume sophers.
Remember, Man," the Universal Cause
35 “ Acts not by partial, but by gen’ral laws;" And makes what Happiness we justly call Subsist not in the good of one, but all. There's not a blessing Individuals find, But some way leans and hearkens to the kind: 40 No Bandit fierce, no Tyrant mad with pride, No cavern'd Hermit, rests self-satisfy'd : Who most to Thun or hate Mankind pretend, Seek an admirer, or would fix a friend : Abstract what others feel, what others think, 45 All pleasures ficken, and all glories fink: Each has his share; and who would more obtain, Shall find, the pleasure pays not half the pain.
ORDER is Heav'n's first law; and this confeft, Some are, and must be, greater than the rest, 50 More rich, more wise; but who infers from hence That such are happier, shocks all common sense.
VARIATIONS. After Ver. 52. in the MS. Say.not, “Heav'n's here profuse, there poorly saves, “ And for one Monarch makes a thousand slaves.” You'll find, when Causes and their Ends are known, 'Twas for the thoufand Heav'n has made that one,
Order is The first law made by God Heav'n's frå law; ] i.e. relates to Order ; which is
Heav'n to Mankind impartial we confess,
Fortune her gifts may variously dispose,
of mind alone is at a stay ;
But Heav'n's just balance equal will appear,
Know, all the good that individuals find,
Notes. Ver. 79. Reason's whole issue of Virtue; or, in his pleasure, &c.] This is a
own emphatic words, Peace. beautiful paraphrasis for is all thy own; a conclusive Happiness; for all we feel observation in his argument, of good is by sensation and which stands thus : Is Hapreflection.
piness rightly placed in ExVer. 82. And Peace, &c.] ternals ? No; for it consists Conscious Innocence (says the in Health, Peace, and Compoet) is the only source of petence. Health and Cominternal Peace ; and known petence are the product of Innocence, of external ; Temperance, and Peace of therefore, Peace is the sole perfect Innocence.
Say, in pursuit of profit or delight,
85 Who risk the most, that take wrong means, or right? Of Vice or Virtue, whether bleft or curst, Which meets contempt, or which compaffion first? Count all th’advantage prosp'rous Vice attains, 'Tis but what Virtue flies from and disdains :
Oh blind to truth, and God's whole scheme below,
After Ver. 92. in the MS.
Let sober Moralists correct their speech,