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Man, like the gen'rous vine, supported lives; The strength he gains is from th’embrace he gives. On their own Axis as the Planets run, Yet make at once their circle round the Sun ; So two confiftent motions act the Soul;
315 And one regards Itself, and one the Whole.
Thus God and Nature link'd the gen'ral frame, And bade Self-love and Social be the same.
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E P I S T L E IV.
Of the Nature and State of Man with respect to
I. FALS E Notions of Happiness, Philosophical and
Popular, answered from 19 to 77. II. It is the End of all Men, and attainable by all, y 30. God intends Happiness to be equal ; and to be so, it must be social, since all particular Happiness depends on general, and since he governs by general, not particular Laws, x 37. As it is necessary for Order, and the peace and welfare of Society, that external goods should be unequal, Happiness is not made to consist in these, ø 51. But, notwithstanding that inequality, the balance of Happiness among Mankind is kept even by Providence, by the two Pasions of Hope and Fear, $ 70. III. What the Happiness of Individuals is, as far as is consistent with the constitution of this world; and that the good Man has here the advantage, ø 77. The error of imputing to Virtue what are only the calamities of Nature, or of Fortune, ý 94. IV, The folly of expecting that God jould alter his general Laws in favour of particulars, * 121. V. That we are not judges who are good; but that, whoever they are, they must be happiest, $ 133, &c. VI. That external goods are not the proper rewards, but often inconsistent with, or destructive of Virtue, $ 165. That even these can make no Man happy without Virtue : Instanced in Riches, ø 183. Honours, x_191. Nobility, 203. Greatness, * 215. Fame, x 235. Superior Talents, $ 257, &c. With pi&tures of human Infelicity in Men popeljed of them all, $ 267, &c. VII. That
irtue 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 here, and a Refignation to it here and hereafter, 326, &c.