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But Heav'n's just balance equal will appear,
Know, all the good that individuals find,
NOTES. Ver. 79. Reason's whole | issue of Virtue ; or, in his pleasure, &c.] This is a own emphatic words, Peace beautiful paraphrafis for is all thy own ; a conclusive Happiness; for all we feel observation in his ar
argument, of good is by sensation and which stands thus : Is Hapreflection.
piness rightly placed in ExVer.82. And Peace, &c.] ternals ? No; for it confifts Conscious Innocence (says the in Health, Peace, and Compoet) is the only source of petence. Health and Cominternal Peace ; and known petence are the product of Innocence, of external ; Temperance, and Peace of therefore, Peace is the sole perfect Innocence.
Say, in pursuit of profit or delight,
85 Who risk the most, that take wrong means, or right? Of Vice or Virtue, whether bleft or curft, Which meets contempt, or which compassion first? Count all th’advantage prosp’rous Vice attains, 'Tis but what Virtue flies from and disdains :
90 And grant the bad what happiness they wou'd, One they must want, which is, to pass for good.
Oh blind to truth, and God's whole scheme below, Who fancy Bliss to Vice, to Virtue Woe! Who sees and follows that great scheme the best, 95 Best knows the blessing, and will most be bleft. But fools, the Good alone, unhappy call, For ills or accidents that chance to all. See FALKLAND dies, the virtuous and the just! See god-like TURENNE prostrate on the dust! 100
After Ver. 92. in the MS.
Let sober Moralists correct their speech,
NOTES. Ver. 100. See god-like for any of his superior quaTurenne] This epichet has lities so much as for his proa peculiar justness; the vidential care of those whom great man to whom it is ap. he led to war ; which was so plied not being distinguish- extraordinary, that his chief ed, from other generals, I purpose in taking on him
See SIDNEY bleeds amid the martial strife!
and me? IIO
115 Short, and but rare, till Man improv'd it all.
After x 116. in the MS.
Of ev'ry evil, since the world began,
self the command of armies, of that famous campaign in seems to have been the Pre- which he loft his life. servation of Mankind. In Ver. 110. Lent Heav'n this god-like care he was more a parent, &c.] This last distinguishably employed instance of the poet's illuthroughout the whole course Atration of the ways of Pro.
We just as wisely might of Heav’n complain
the dire disease. Think we, like some weak Prince, th'Eternal Cause, Prone for his fav'rites to reverse his laws ?
Shall burning Ætna, if a sage requires, Forget to thunder, and recall her fires? On air or sea new motions be impreft,
125 Oh blameless Bethel ! to relieve thy breast? When the loose mountain trembles from on high, Shall gravitation cease, if you go by?
vidence, the reader fees, has | Providence of Heaven, ne. a peculiar elegance; where ver represents miracles as a tribute of piety to a pa. wrought for the sake of him rent is paid in a return of who is the object of them, thanks to, and made sub- but in order to give credit servient of, his vindication to fome of God's extraof, the Great Giver and Fa- ordinary dispensations to ther of all things. The Mo- Mankind. ther of the author, a per VER. 123. Shall burning son of great piety and cha-| Ætna, &c.] Alluding to rity, died the year this poem the fate of those two great was finished, viz. 1733. Naturalists, Empedocles and
VER. 121. Think we, Pliny, who both perished like some weak Prince, &c.] by too near an approach to Agreeably hereunto, holy 'Atna and Vesuvius, while Scripture, in its account of they were exploring the things under the common cause of their eruptions,
Or some old temple, nodding to its fall,
But still this world (so fitted for the knave)
« But sometimes Virtue ftarves, while Vice is fed.” What then? Is the reward of Virtue bread ?
Give each a System, all must be at strife ;