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Some place the bliss in action, fome in ease,
Who thus define it, say they more 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. 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-way leans and hearkens to the kind :
40 No Bandit fierce, no Tyrant mad with pride, No cavern'd Hermit, rests self-fatisfy'd: Who most to shun or hate Mankind pretend, Seek an admirer, or would fix a friend : Abstract what others feel, what others think, 45 All pleasures ficken, and all glories sink : Each has his share; and who would more obtain, Shall find, the pleasure pays not half the pain.
ORDER is Heaven's first Law; and this confest, Some are, and must be, greater than the rest,
More rich, more wise; but who infers from hence
Fortune her gifts may variously dispose, And these be happy call'd, unhappy those;
VARIATIONS. After ver. 52. in the MS.
Say not, “ Heaven's here profufe, there poorly saves, " And for one Monarch makes a thousand flaves." You'll find, when Caufes and their Ends are known,
'Twas for the thousand Heaven has made that one. After ver. 66. in the MS.
'Tis peace of mind alone is at a stay :
But Heaven's just balance equal will appear,
Oh, sons of earth! atteinpt ye still to rise,
Know, all the good that individuals find, Or God and Nature meant to mere Mankind, Reason’s whole pleasure, all the joys of Sense, Lie in three words, Health, Peace, and Competence, 80 But Health consists with Temperance alone; And Peace, oh Virtue! Peace is all thy own. The good or bad the gifts of Fortune gain; But these less taste them, as they worse obtain, Say, in pursuit of profit or delight, Who risk the most, that take wrong means, or right? Of Vice or Virtue, whether bleft or curst, Which meets contempt, or which compassion first ? Count all th' advantage prosperous Vice attains, 'Tis but what Virtue flies from and disdains : And grant the bad what happiness they would, 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 blesling, and will most be blest.
Let sober Moralists correct their speech,
But fools, the Good alone, unhappy call,
What makes all physical or moral ill?
Of every evil, since the world began,
Shall burning Ætna, if a fage requires, Forget to thunder, and recall her fires ? On air or sea new motions be impreft,
But still this world (fo fitted for the knave)
After ver. 142. in some Editions,
Give each a System, all must be at strife; What different Systems for a man and wife ? The joke, though lively, was ill placed, and therefore
ftruck out of the text,