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That Virtue's ends from Vanity can raise,
245 Which seeks no int’rest, no reward but praise ; And build on wants, and on defects of mind, The joy, the peace, the glory of Mankind.
Heav'n forming each on other to depends A master, or a servant, or a friend,
250 Bids each on other for affiftance call, "Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all. Wants, frailties, passions, closer still ally The common int'rest, or endear the’tie. To these we owe true friendship, love sincere, 255 Each home-felt joy that life inherits here ; Yet from the same we learn, in its decline, Those joys, those loves, those int'rests to resign; Taught half by Reason, half by mere decay, To welcome death, and calmly pass away.
260 Whate'er the Passion, knowledge, fame, or pelf, Not one will change his neighbour with himself. The learn'd' is happy nature to explore, The fool is happy that he knows no more; The rich is happy in the plenty giv'n,
265 The poor
contents him with the care of Heav'n.
Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, 275 Pleas’d with a rattle, tickled with a straw: Some livelier play-thing gives his youth delight, A little louder, but as empty quite : Scarfs, garters, gold, anuse his riper ftage, And beads and pray’r-books are the toys of age :
280 Pleas'd with this bauble still, as that before; 'Till tir'd he fleeps, and Life's poor play is o'er. Mean-while Opinion gilds with varying rays Those painted clouds that beautify our days;
Each want of happiness by Hope supply'd, 285
290 Ev'n mean Self-love becomes, by force divine, The scale to measure others wants by thine. See ! and confess, one comfort still must rise ; 'Tis this, Tho' Man's a fool, yet God is WISE.
ERE then we rest : “ The Universal Cause
" Acts to one end, but acts by various laws."
Look round our world; behold the chain of Love
Connects each being, greatest with the least ;
Has God, thou fool! work'd solely for thy good,
Know, Nature's children all divide her care ; The fur that warms a monarch, warm'd a bear. While Man exclaims, “ See all things for my use !” 45 “ See Mán for mine !" replies a pamper'd goofe : And just as short of Reafon He must fall, Who thinks all made for one, not one for all.
Grant that the pow'rful still the weak controul; Be Man the Wit and Tyrant of the whole':
50 Nature that Tyrant checks; He only knows, And helps, another creature's wants and woes. Say, will the falcon, stooping from above, Smit with her varying plumage, spare the dove? Admires the jay the infect's gilded wings?
55 Or hears the hawk when Philomela sings? Man cares for all: to birds he gives his woodsy, To beasts his pastures, and to fish his floods : For some his intrest prompts him to provide, For more his pleasure, yet for more his pride' : 60 All feed on one vain Patron, and enjoy Th'extenfive blefling of his luxury.
That very life his learned hunger craves,
To each unthinking being, Heav'n a friend,
II. Whether with Reason, or with Instinct blest, Know, all enjoy that pow'r which suits them beit; 80. To bliss alike by that direction tend, And find the means proportion'd to their end. Say, where full Instinct is th' unerring guide, What Pope or Council can they need belide ? Reason, however able, cool at best, Cares not for service, or but serves when prest, Stays till we call, and then not often near; But honest Instinct comes a Volunteer, Sure never to o'er-shoot, but just to hit ; While still too wide or short is human Wit; Sure by quick Nature happiness to gain, Which heavier Reason labours at in vain. This too serves always, Reason never long; One must go right, the other may go wrong. See then the acting and comparing pow'rs
95 One in their nature, which are two in ours; And Reason raise o'er Instinct as you can, In this 'tis God directs, in that 'tis Man.
Who taught the nations of the field and wood To fhun their poison, and to chuse their food? 100 Prescient, the tides or tempests to withstand, Build on the wave, or arcb beneath the sand ?
Who made the fpider parallels design,
III. God, in the nature of each being, founds
dismiss'd to wander earth or air,