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Essay on Man - Continued.

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Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,*
As to be hated, needs but to be seen;
But seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

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Virtuous and vicious every man must be,
Few in th' extreme, but all in the degree.

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Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.

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Till tired he sleeps, and life's poor play is o'er.

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For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight;
His can't be wrong whose life is in the right.

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O happiness! our being's end and aim!

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Order is Heaven's first law.

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Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
Lie in three words - health, peace, and competence.

*For truth has such a face and such a mien,

As to be loved needs only to be seen.

Hind and Panther. DRYDEN.

Essay on Man - Continued.

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The soul's calm sunshine and the heartfelt joy.

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Honor and shame from no condition rise;
Act well your part, - there all the honor lies.

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Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow; The rest is all but leather or prunella.

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What can ennoble sots, or slaves, or cowards?
Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards.

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A wit's a feather, and a chief a rod;

An honest man 's the noblest work of God.

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Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart:
One self-approving hour whole years outweighs
Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas:

And more true joy Marcellus exiled feels
Than Cæsar with a senate at his heels.

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If parts allure thee, think how Bacon shined,
The wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind!
Or ravished with the whistling of a name,
See Cromwell damned to everlasting fame!

Essay on Man - Continued.

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Know then this truth (enough for man to know), "Virtue alone is happiness below."

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Slave to no sect, who takes no private road,
But looks through nature up to nature's God.

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Formed by thy converse, happily to steer
From grave to gay, from lively to severe.

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Say, shall my little bark attendant sail,
Pursue the triumph, and partake the gale?

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Thou wert my guide, philosopher, and friend.


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'Tis from high life high characters are drawn; A saint in crape is twice a saint in lawn.

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"Tis education forms the common mind: Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.

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Odious! in woollen! 't would a saint provoke, Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke.

Moral Essays-Continued.



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brave Cobham! to the latest breath

Shall feel your ruling passion strong in death.

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Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it,
If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.

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Choose a firm cloud before it fall, and in it
Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute.

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Fine by defect and delicately weak.

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With too much quickness ever to be taught;
With too much thinking to have common thought.

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Virtue she finds too painful an endeavor,

Content to dwell in decencies for ever.

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Men, some to business, some to pleasure take;
But every woman is at heart a rake.

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See how the world its veterans rewards!
A youth of frolics, and old age of cards.

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Oh! blessed with temper, whose unclouded ray

Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day.

Moral Essays-Continued.

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And mistress of herself, though china fall.

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Woman 's at best a contradiction still.

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Who shall decide when doctors disagree?

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But thousands die without or this or that,
Die, and endow a college or a cat.

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The ruling passion, be it what it will,
The ruling passion conquers reason still.

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Extremes in nature equal good produce.

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Rise, honest muse! and sing, the man of Ross.

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Who builds a church to God, and not to fame, Will never mark the marble with his name.

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To rest, the cushion and soft dean invite
Who never mentions hell to ears polite.

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