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Essay on Man
to face the Title
Here in the rich, the honourd famd & great. See the false scale of Happiness compleat.
MA A N.
ALEXANDER POPE, Efq.
Enlarged and Improved by the AUTHOR.
as in the Laft Edition of his Works.
With the NOTES of
WILLIAM, Lord Bifhop of GLOUCESTER.
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HE ESSAY ON MAN, to use the
Τ Author's own Words, is a perfect Sy
ftem of Ethics; in which Definition he included Religion: For he was far from that Opinion of the noble Writer of the Characteriftics, that Morality could long fupport itself, or have even areal exiftence, without a reference to the Deity. Hence it is that the first Epistle regards Man with refpect to the Lord and Governor of the univerfe; as the fecond with respect to himself; the Third to Society; and the fourth, to happiness. Having therefore formed and finifhed his Effay in this View he was much mortified whenever he found it confidered in any other; or as a part and introduction only to a larger work. As appears from the conclufion of his fecond Dialogue, intitled M DCC XXXVIII, where he makes his impertinent adviser say,
Alas! alas! pray end what you began,