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PAGE, circumstances attending the death
of Antitheüs, the disbeliever 302 XCII. Anecdotes of Jack Gayless 311 XCIII, Author explains the motives of his
work and concludes the third vo-
OBSERV E R.
Primum Graius homo mortales tollere contra
At length a mighty. man of Greece began
many young men of fortune and spirit in this kingdoin, who, without the trouble of resorting to the founder of their philosophy, or giving themselves any concern about the Graius homo in my motto, have nevertheless fallen upon a practice so consentaneous to the doctrines, which he laid down by system, that
much question if any of his profeft scholars ever did him greater credit, since the time he first ftruck out the popular project of driving all religion out of the world, and introducing pleasure and voluptuousness in its stead.
Quare religio pedibus fubje&ta viciffim
“ We tread religion under foot and rise
So far from meaning to oppose myself to such a host of gay and bappy mortals, I wish to gain a merit with them by adding to their stock of pleasures, and suggesting fome hints of enjoyments, which may be new to them; a discovery wfiicb' they well know was considered by the kings of Persia, (who practised their philosophy in very antient times) as a service of such importance to all the feet, (who had even then worn out most of their old pleasures) that a very considerable reward was offered to the inventor of any new one. How the stock at present stands with our modern voluptuaries I cannot pretend to say but I suspect from certain fympa toms, which have fallen under my obfervation, that it is nearly run out with fome amongst them; to such in particular I katter myself my discoveries will prove of value, and I have for their use composed the following meditation, which I have put together in the form of a faliloquy, saiving it step by step as regularly as any proposition in Euclid, and I will boldly vouch it to be as mathematically true. If there is any one poftulatum in the whole, which the trueft voluptuary will not admit to be orthodox Epicurism, I will consent to give up my system for nonsense and myself for an impostor; I condition only with the pupil of pleasure, that whilft he reads he will reflect, that he will deal candidly with the truth, and that he will once in his life permit a certain faculty called reason, which I hope he is possessed of, to come into use upon this accafion; a faculty, which, though he may not hitherto have employed it, is yet capable of supplying him with more true and lasting, pleafures, than any his philosophy can furnish.
I now recommend him to the following me ditation, which I have entitled
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"I FIND myself in posseffion of an estate, “ which has devolved upon me without any
pains of my own: I have youth and health to
enjoy it, and I am determined so to do: "Pleasure is my objed, and I must therefore fo contrive as to make th.:t object laiting and