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Virtuous and vicious every Man must be, Few in th' extreme, but all in the degree; The rogue and fool by fits is fair and wife; And ev❜n the beft, by fits, what they despise.
'Tis but by parts we follow good or ill;
For, Vice or Virtue, Self-directs it ftill;
Each individual feeks a feveral goal;
But Heaven's great view, is One, and that the Whole.
That disappoints th' effect of every vice;
Heaven forming each on other to depend,
A mafter or a fervant, or a friend,
Bids each on other for affiftance call,
'Till one Man's weakness grows the strength of all. Wants, frailties, paffions, closer still ally
The common intereft, or endear the tie.
To these we owe true friendship, love fincere,
Each home-felt joy that life inherits here;
Yet from the fame we learn, in its decline,
Whate'er the paffion, knowledge, fame, or pelf,
The fool is happy that he knows no more;
The starving chemist in his golden views
See fome range comfort every state attend,
And pride bestow'd on alk, a common friend :
Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
Some livelier play-thing gives his youth delight,
Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage,
Ev'n mean Self-love becomes, by force divine,
Of the Nature and State of Man with respect to
I. THE whole Universe one fyftem of Society, ver. 7, &c. Nothing made wholly for itself, nor yet wholly for another, ver. 27. The happiness of Animals mutual, ver. 49. II. Reafon or Inftin&t operate alike to the good of each Individual, ver. 79. Reafon or Inftinct operate alfo to Society in all animals, ver. 109. III. How far Society carried by inftinct, ver. 115, How much farther by Reason, ver. 128. IV. Of that which is called the State of Nature, ver. 144. Reafon inftructed by Instinct in the Invention of Arts, ver. 166. and in the Forms of Society, ver. 176. V. Origin of Political Societies, ver. 196. Origin of Monarchy, ver. 207. Patriarchal Government, ver. 212. VI. Origin of true Religion and Government, from the fame principle, of Love, 231, &c. Origin of Superftition and Tyranny, from the fame principle of Fear, ver. 237, &c. The Influence of Self-love operating to the focial and public Good, ver. 266. Restoration of true Religion and Government on their first principle, ver. 285. Mixt Government, ver. 288. Various Forms of each, and the true end of all, ver. 300, &c.
ERE then we reft; "the Universal Caufe
"Acts to one end, but acts by various laws." In all the madness of fuperfluous health,
The train of pride, the impudence of wealth,
Let this great truth be prefent night and day;
Look round our World; behold the chain of Love Combining all below, and all above.
See plastic Nature working to this end,
'The fingle atoms each to other tend,
Prefs to one centre ftill, the General Good.
See life diffolving vegetate again :
All forms that perish other forms fupply,
Ver. 1. In feveral Edit. in 4to.
Learn, Dulnefs, learn!" The Univerfal Caufe," &c.