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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 !
Eft brevitate opus, ut currat sententia, neu se
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, ở 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
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.