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Of the Nature and State of Man with respeet
And in the Forms of Society,
Origin of true Religion and Government, from the
same Principle of Love, ver. 235, &c.
But notwithstanding that inequality, the balance of
Happiness among Mankind is kept even by Provi-
With pictures of human Infelicity in Men poleft of
ESSA Y on M A N:
wake, my St. John ! leave all meaner things
To low ambition, and the pride of Kings. Let us (since Life can little more supply Than just to look about us and to die) Expatiate free o'er all this scene of Man ; A mighty maze ! but not without a plan;
VER. 1. Awake, my St. Joun ! ) The opening of this poem, in fifteen lines, is taken up in giving an account of che Subject; which, agreeable to the title, is an Essay on Man, or a Philosophical Enquiry into his Nature and End, his Passions and Pursuits.
The Exordium relates to the whole work, of which the Esay on Man was only the first book. The 6th, 7th, and 8th lines allude to the subject of this Ejay, viz. the general Order and Design of Providence; the Constitution of the human Mind; the origin, use, and end of the