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This day, be Bread and Peace my Lot:

All else beneath the Sun, Thou know'st if best bestow'd or not,

And let Thy Will be done.

To thee, whose Temple is all Space,

Whose Altar, Earth, Sea, Skies ! One Chorus let all Being raise !

All Nature's Incense rise !

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Moral Elays,

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FOUR EPISTLES

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Several Persons.

Eft brevitate opus, ut currat sententia, neu se
Impediat verbis laffis onerantibus aures :
Et sermone opus est modo tristi, fæpe jocoso,
Defendente vicem modo Rhetoris atque Poetæ,
Interdum urbani, parcentis viribus, atque
Extenuantis eas consultó.

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Of the Knowledge and Characters of MEN. THAT it is not sufficient for this knowledge to consider

Man in the Abstract: Books will not serve the purpose, nor yet our own Experience singly, X 1. General maxims, unless they be formed upon both, will be but notional, IO. Some Peculiarity in every man, charažteristic to himself, yet varying from himself, x 15. Difficulties arising from our own Passions, Fancies, Faculties, &c. Ý 31. The shortness of Life, to observe in, and the uncertainty of the Principles of action in men, to observe by, 37, &c. Our own Principle of aétion often bid from ourselves, Ý 41. Some few Characters plain, but in general confounded, dissembled, or inconsistent, x 51. The same man utterly different in different places and seasons, Ý 71. Unimaginable weaknesses in the greatest, x 9o, &c. Nothing constant and certain but God and Nature, x 95. No judging of

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the Motives from the actions; the same astions proceeding from contrary Motives, and the same Motives influencing contrary ačtions, x 100. II." Yet to form Characters, we can only take the strongest actions of a man's life, and try to make them agree : The utter uncertainty of this, from Nature itself, and from Policy, 120. Characters given according to the rank of men of the world, 135. And some reason for it,

Education alters the Nature, or at least Character of many, X 149. Actions, Passions, Opinions, Manners, Humours, or Principles all subjeet to change. Nojudging by Nature, from x 158 to 178. III. It only remains to find (if we can) bis Ruling PASSION : That will certainly influence all the rest, and can reconcile the seeming or real inconsistency of all ***his actions, x 175. Instanced in the extraordinary charačter of Clodio, Ý 179. A caution against mistaking second qualities for first, which will destroy all poffibility of the knowledge of mankind, x 210. Examples of the strength of the Ruling Passion, and its continuation to the last breath, x 222, &c.

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