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E S S A Y
ALEXANDER POPE, Efq.
as in the Laft Edition of his Works.
With the NOTES of
WILLIAM, Lord Bishop of Gloucester.
Printed for A. MILLAR, and J. and R. TONSON,
in the Strand. M DCC LXIII.
[Pr. I s. 6 d.]
BY THE EDITOR.
HE ESSAY ON MAN, to use the
ftem of Ethics; in which Definition he included Religion; For he was far from that Opinion of the noble Writer of the Characte ritics, that Morality could long fupport itself, or have even a real 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 refpect to himself; the Third to Society; and the fourth, to happiness. Having therefore formed and finished his Essay 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 fay,
Alas! alas! pray end what you began,