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IT may be proper to obferve, that fome paffages, in
the preceding Effay, having been unjustly fufpected of a tendency towards Fate and Naturalism, the author composed this Prayer as the fum of all, to fhew that his system was founded in free-will, and terminated in piety: That the firft caufe was as well the Lord and Governor of the Universe as the Creator of it; and that, by fubmiffion to his will (the great principle enforced throughout the Effay) was not meant the fuffering ourselves to be carried along by a blind determination, but the refting in a religious acquicfcence, and confidence full of Hope and Immortality. To give all this the greater weight, the poet chofe for his model the Lord's Prayer, which, of all others, beft deferves the title prefixed to this Paraphrafe.
THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER.
DEO OP T. MAX.
ATHER of All! in every Age,
By Saint, by Savage, and by Sage,
Thou Great First Cause, least understood ;
To know but this, that Thou art Good,
Yet gave me, in this dark Estate,
What Confcience dictates to be done,
This, teach me more than Hell to fhun,
For God is paid when Man receives,
Yet not to Earth's contracted Span
Let not this weak, unknowing hand
If I am right, thy grace impart,
If I am wrong, oh teach my heart
Save me alike from foolish Pride,
Mean though I am, not wholly fo,
Through this day's Life or Death.
This day, be Bread and Peace my Lot:
Thou know'ft if beft beflow'd or not,
To Thee, whofe Temple is all Space,