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EPISTLE III.

VOL. III.

ARGUMENT OF EPISTLE III.

Of the Nature and State of Man with respect to

Society.

1. THE whole Universe one system of Society, ver. 7, &c. Nothing

made wholly for itself, nor yet wholly for another, ver. 27. The bappiness of Animals mutual, ver. 49. II. Reason or Instinct operate alike to the good of each Individual, yer. 79. Reason or Instinct operate also to Society, in all Animals, ver. 109. III. How far Society carried by Instinct, ver. 115. How much farther by Reason, ver. 128. IV. Of that which is called the State of Nature, ver. 144. Reason instructed by Instinct in the Invention of Arts, ver. 166; and in the Forms of Society, ver. 176. V. Origin of Political Societies, ver. 196. Origin of Monarcby, ver. 207. Patriarchal Government, ver. 212. VI. Origin of true Religion and Government, from the same principle, of Love, ver. 231, &c. Origin of Superstition and Tyranny, from the same principle, of Fear, ver. 237, &c. The Influence of Self-love operating to the social and public Good, ver. 266. Restoration of true Religion and Government on their first principle, ver. 285. Mixed Government, ver. 288. Various Forms of each, and the true end of all, ver. 300, &c.

EPISTLE III.

I

HERE then we rest : “ The Universal Cause

“ Acts to one end, but acts by various laws." In all the madness of superfluous health, The trim of pride, the impudence of wealth, Let this great truth be present night and day; 5 But most be present, if we preach or pray.

Look round our world; behold the chain of love Combining all below and all above. See plastic nature working to this end, The single atoms each to other tend, Attract, attracted to, the next in place Form'd and impell’d its neighbour to embrace. See matter next, with various life endu'd, Press to one centre still, the gen’ral good. See dying vegetables life sustain, See life dissolving vegetate again : All forms that perish other forms supply, (By turns we catch the vital breath, and die,) Like bubbles on the sea of matter born, They rise, they break, and to that sea return. 20

Nothing VER. I. In several Edit. in 4to,

Learn, dulness, learn! “ The Universal Cause, &c."

Nothing is foreign ; parts relate to whole ;
One all-extending, all-preserving soul
Connects each being, greatest with the least ;
Made beast in aid of man, and man of beast ;
All serv'd, all serving : nothing stands alone; 25
The chain holds on, and where it ends, unknown.

Has God, thou fool! work'd solely for thy good,
Thy joy, thy pastime, thy attire, thy food?
Who for thy table feeds the wanton fawn,
For him as kindly spread the flow'ry lawn :
Is it for thee the lark ascends and sings?
Joy tunes his voice, joy elevates his wings.
Is it for thee the linnet pours his throat ?
Loves of his own and raptures swell the note.
The bounding steed you pompously bestride, 35
Shares with his lord the pleasure and the pride.
Is thine alone the seed that strews the plain ?
The birds of heay’n shall vindicate their grain.
Thine the full harvest of the golden year?
Part pays, and justly, the deserving steer :
The hog, that ploughs not, nor obeys thy call,
Lives on the labours of this lord of all.

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 !” “ See man for mine !” replies a pamper'd goose : 46 And just as short of reason he must fall, Who thinks all made for one, not one for all.

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