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All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee;
All Chance, Direction, which thou canst not fee;
All Discord, Harmony not understood ;. 291
All partial Evil, universal Good:
And, spite of Pride, in erring Reason's spite,
One truth is clear, WHATEVER IS, IS RIGHT.

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ARGUMENT OF

EPIS T L E II.

Of the Nature and State of Man with respect to

Himself, as an Individual. I. THE business of Man not to pry into God, but to study himself. His Middle Nature; his Powers and Frailties, 'x I to 19. The Limits of his Capacity, * 19, &c. II. The two Principles of Man, Selflove and Reason, both necessary, x 53, &c. Selflove the stronger, and why, * 67, &c. Their end the famé, 81, &c. III. The PASSIONS, and their use, ý 93 to 130. The predominant Passion, and it's force, * 132 to 160. It's Necesity, in directing Men to different purposes, x 165,

&c. It's providential Use, in fixing our Principle, and ascertaining our Virtue, x 177. IV. Virtue and Vice joined in our mixed Nature; the limits near, yet the things separate and evident: What is the Office of Reason, * 202 to 216. V. How odious Vice in itself, and how we deceive ourselves into it, * 217. VI. That, however, the Ends of Providence and general Good are answered in our Paffions and Imperfections, $ 238, &c. How usefully these are distributed to all Orders of Men, $ 241. How useful they are to Society, * 251. And to the Individuals, $ 263. In every state, and every age of life, * 273, &c.

E PIS T L E

II.

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1. Now then thyself, presume not God to scan;

The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state,
A Being darkly wise, and rudely great :

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VARIATIONS:

VER. 2. Ed. ift.

The only science of Mankind is Man.

NOTES.

Ver. 2. The proper fuo , Sceptics are wont to em dy, &c.] The poet having ploy fuch kind of paintings, shewn, in the first epiftle, namely not to deter men that the Ways of God are from the search, but to ex. too high for our compre- cite them to the discovery henfion, rightly draws this of truth; he hath, with conclusion: and methodi- great judgment, represent. cally makes it the subject of ed Man as doubting and his Introduction to the fe-wavering between the right cond, which treats of the and wrong object ; from Nature of Man.

which state there are great VER. 3. Plac'd on this hopes he be relieved ifthmus, &c.] As the poet by a careful and circumhath given us this descrip- spect use of Reason.

On tion of man for the very the contrary, had he supcontrary purpose to which posed Man so blind as to be

may

Plate X.

Vol. III. facing p.26.

N. Blakey invi& delin.1748.

© Ravenet Iculp; Self Love still stronger, as its Objects nigh, Reason's at distance, and in prospectljelis That sues immediate lood, by present Sense, Reason the future, and the Consequence on

ldayon Man, p.11

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