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Virtuous and vicious every Man must be,
For, Vice or Virtue, Self-directs it still;
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 ftrength of all. Wants, frailties, paffions, clofer ftill ally
The common intereft, or endear the tie.
To these we owe true friendship, love fincere,
Each home-felt joy that life inherits here;
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 strange comfort every state attend,
Some livelier play-thing gives his youth delight,
Scarfs, garters, gold, amufe his riper stage,
Ev'n mean Self-love becomes, by force divine,
'Tis this, Though Man's a fool, yet GOD IS WISE.
Of the Nature and State of Man with respect to Society,
I. THE whole Universe one system 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. Reason or Ipstinct operate alike to the good of each Individual, ver. 79. Reafon or Inftinct operate also to Society in all animals, ver. 109. III. How far Society carried by instinct, ver. 115. How much farther by Reason, ver. 128. IV. Of that which is called the State of Nature, ver. 144. Reafon inftructed by Inftinct 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. Reftoration 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 superfluous health,
The train of pride, the impudence of wealth,
Let this great truth be present 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 perifh other forms fupply,
Ver. 1. In feveral Edit. in 4to.
Learn, Dulness, learn! "The Universal Caufe," &c.