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often inconsistent with, or destructive of Virtue, * 165. That even these can make no Man happy without Virtue : Instanced in Riches, * 183. Honours, 3 191. Nobility, $ 203. Greatness, $ 215. Fame, $ 235. Superior Talents, ♡ 257, &c. With pictures of human Infelicity in Men pobeljed of them all, 267, &c. VII. That Virtue only constitutes a Happiness, whose object is universal, and whose prospect eternal, $ 307, &c. That the perfection of Virtue and Happiness confifts in a conformity to the Order of ProviDENCE bere, and a Resignation to it here and bereafter, » 326, &c.

Plate XI.


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H HAPPINESS! our being's end and aim
Good, Pleasure, Ease, Content ! whate'er thy



That something still which prompts th'eternal figh,
For which we bear to live, or dare to die,
Which still so near us, yet beyond us lies, 5
O'er-look’d, seen double, by the fool, and wise.


Ver. 1. Oh Happiness ! &c.] in the MS. thus,

Oh Happiness! to which we all aspire,
Wing'd with strong hope, and borne by full desire ;
That ease, for which in want, in wealth we figh;
That ease, for which we labour and we die.

EP. IV.] THE two foregoing epiftles having considered Man with regard to the Means (that is, in all his relations, whether as an Individual, or a Member of Society) this last comes to consider him with regard to the End, that is, Happiness.


Ver. 6. O'erlook'd, seen thing exclusive of Virtue ; double,] O'erlook'd by those feen double by those who adwho place Happiness in any | mit any thing else to have


Plant of celestial feed ! if dropt below,
Say, in what mortal soil thou deign'st to grow ?
Fair op'ning to some Court's propitious shine,
Or deep with di'monds in the flaming mine?
Twin' with the wreaths Parnaffian lawrels yield,
Or reap'd in iron harvests of the field ?
Where grows? -where grows it not? If vain our toil,
We ought to blame the culture, not the soil :
Fix'd to no spot is Happiness sincere,

15 'Tis no where to be found, or ev'ry where; 'Tis never to be bought, but always free, And fled from monarchs, St John! dwells with thee. Ark of the Learn’d the way? The Learn'd are

This bids to serve, and that to shun mankind;
Some place the bliss in action, fome in ease,
Those call it Pleasure, and Contentment these;



a share with Virtue in pro- sure, 'Hsovn, such as the Cycuring Happiness; these be- renaic sect, called on that ing the two general mistakes account the Hedonic. 2. that this epistle is employed Those who place it in a cerin confuting

tain tranquillity or calmness Ver. 21. Some place the of Mind, which they call bliss in a£tion,---Some funk Eidupía, such as the Demoto Beasts, &c.] 1. Those critic fect. 3. The Epicuwho place Happiness, or rean. 4. The Stoic. 5. The the summum bonum, in Plea- 1 Protagorean, which held

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