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Essay on Man
to face the Title.
Here in the rich, the honourd famid & great. See the false scale of Happiness compleat
ALEXANDER POPE, Efq.
With the NOTES of
WILLIAM, Lord Bishop of GLOUCESTER,
LQ ND Q, N
BY THE EDITOR.
HE ESSAY ON MAN, to use the Author's own Words, is a perfect Syftem of Ethics; in which Definition he included Religion For he was far from that Opinion of the noble Writer of the Characte ritics, that Morality could long fupport itself, or have even a real existence, without a reference to the Leity. Hence it is that the first Epistle regards Man with refpect to the Lord and Governor of the universe; as the fecond with refpect to himself; the Third to Society; and the fourth, to happiness. Having therefore formed and finished his Essay in this View he was much mortified whenever he found it confidered in any other; or as a part and introduction only to a larger work. As appears from the conclufion of his fecond Dialogue, intitled MDCC xxxvIII, where he makes his impertinent adviser say,
Alas! alas! pray end what you began,