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When statesmen, heroes, kings, in dust repose,
And all our knowledge is, OURSELVES TO KNOW.
VER. 397. That virtue only, &c.] In the MS. thus:
And all the study of mankind is man.
DEO OPT. MAX.
FATHER of all! in ev'ry age,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,
Thou Great First Cause, least understood,
Who all my sense confin'd
To know but this, that Thou art good,
Yet gave me, in this dark estate,
To see the good from ill;
And binding nature fast in fate,
Left free the human will.
What conscience dictates to be done,
Or warns me not to do,
This, teach me more than hell to shun,