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H HAPPINESS! our being's end and aim !
That something still which prompts th'eternal figh,
Ver. 1. Oh Happiness ! &c.] in the MS. thus,
Oh Happiness! to which we all aspire,
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 last comes to consider him with regard to the End, that is, Happiness.
Ver. 6. O'erlook'd, feen | thing exclufive 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,
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. Ask of the Learn'd the way? The Learn'd are
a share with Virtue in pro- sure, 'Hàovn, such as the Cycuring Happiness; these be- renaic sect, called on that ing the two general mistakes account the Hedonic. 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' Beafts, Esc.] 1. Those critic fect. 3. The Epicuwho place Happiness, or rean. 4. The Stoic. 5. The the fummum bonum, in Plea- I Protagorean, which held
Some sunk to Beasts, find pleasure end in pain; Some swell'd to Gods, confess ev'n Virtue vain; Or indolent, to each extreme they fall,
25 To trust in ev'ry thing, or doubt of all.
Who thus define it, say they more or less Than this, that Happiness is Happiness?
Take Nature's path, and mad Opinion's leave ; All states can reach it, and all heads conceive; 30 Obvious her goods, in no extreme they dwell There needs but thinking right, and meaning well; And mourn our various portions as we please, Equal is Common Sense, and Common Ease.
NOTES. that Man was návler xenpeátw it to be always at hand, pérgos, the measure of all makes the former conclude things; for that all things it is never to be found. which appear to him are, The only difference is, that and those things which ap- the laziness of the one is pear not to any Man are desponding, and the laziness got ; so that every imagina- of the other fanguine ; yet gination or opinion of every both can give it a good
6. The name, and call it HapSceptic : Whose absolute piness. Doubt is with great judg Ver. 23. Some sunk to ment said to be the effect Beasts, &c.] These four of Indolence, as well as the lines added in the last Ediabsolute Trust of the Pro- tion, as necessary to comtagorean : For the same plete the summary of the dread of labour attending false pursuits after happiness the fearch of truth, which amongst the Greek philomakes this lacter presume I fophers.
Remember, Man, “ the Universal Cause
35 “ Acts not by partial, but by gen’ral laws ;" And makes what Happiness we justly call Subsist not in the good of one, but all. There's not a blessing Individuals find, But some
leans and hearkens to the kind : 40
ORDER is Heav'n's first law; and this confeft,
VARIATIONS. After Ver. 52. in the MS. Say not, “Heav'n's here profuse, there poorly faves, " And for one Monarch makes a thousand slaves." You'll find, when Causes and their Ends are known, 'Twas for the thousand Heav'n has made that one.
Order is | The first law made by God Heav'n's firf law; ] i, en relates to Order ; which is
VE R. 49.
Heav'n to Mankind impartial we confess,
Fortune her gifts may variously dispose,
of mind alone is at a stay ;
NOTES. a beautiful allusion to the peased the disorders of Scripture history of the Crea- Chaos, and separated the tion, when God first ap. | light from the darkness.