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often inconfiftent with, or deftructive of Virtue,

165. That even these can make no Man happy without Virtue: Inftanced in Riches, 183. Honours, 191. Nobility, 203. Greatness,

215. Fame, 235. Superior Talents, ✯ 257, &c. With pictures of human Infelicity in Men poffeffed of them all, 267, &c. VII. That Virtue only conftitutes a Happiness, whofe object is univerfal, and whofe profpect eternal, 307, &c. That the perfection of Virtue and Happiness confifts in a conformity to the ORDER of PROVIDENCE here, and a Refignation to it here and hereafter, 326, &c.

Plate XI.

Vol. III facing p.73.

N. Blakey inv. et del.

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Know then this Truth (enough for Man to knor Virtue alone is Happyness below.

Gsay on Man, p.D


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


That fomething 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,
O'er-look'd, feen double, by the fool, and wife.


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 defire;
That ease, for which in want, in wealth we figh;
That cafe, for which we labour and we die.


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


VER. 6. O'erlook'd, feen | double,] O'erlook'd by thofe who place Happiness in any

thing exclufive of Virtue feen double by thofe who admit any thing else to have

Plant of celeftial feed! if dropt below,


Say, in what mortal foil thou deign'ft to grow?
Fair op'ning to fome Court's propitious fhine,
Or deep with di'monds in the flaming mine?
Twin'd 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 foil:
Fix'd to no fpot is Happiness fincere,

'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. Afk of the Learn'd the way? The Learn'd are


This bids to serve, and that to fhun mankind; 20 Some place the blifs in action, fome in ease,

Those call it Pleasure, and Contentment thefe;



a fhare with Virtue in pro-fure, 'Hdown, such as the Cycuring Happiness; these being the two general mistakes that this epiftle is employed in confuting.

VER. 21. Some place the blifs in action,-Some funk to Beafts, &c.] 1. Thofe who place Happiness, or the fummum bonum, in Plea

renaic fect, called on that account the Hedonic. Those who place it in a certain tranquillity or calmness of Mind, which they call Elevuía, fuch as the Democritic fect. 3. The Epicurean. 4. The Stoic. 5. The Protagorean, which held

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