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H A P P I N E S S.

« Ob Happiness! our beings end and aim,

Good, pleasure, eafe, content; wbate'er thy nami,
That something still which prompts theternal sigb,
« For which we bear to live, or dare to dic.
Plant of celestial feed, if dropt below,
Say in what favour’d foil thou deign',A to grow.”


F there be any truth fully ascertain

ed by reason and revelation, it is this, That “ Man is not but to be happy.Surely the mighty author of our being can have no selfish view in our creation. His happiness is too immense and too secure to receive increase, or to suffer diminution from any thing that we can do. “ Can a man profit his Maker, or what need hath the Almighty of our services?"

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A MORE important question claims our regard. Wherein consists the happiness of Man ?

In order to answer this, we must remember, that man is composed of two natures, an animal and a rational, each of which is blest with capacities of enjoyment, and must have its correspondent objects of gratification before man can be happy. Hitherto we have considered him in the first of these, in his animal capacity : We have placed before us, a creature of noble shape, erect and fair, formed of nerves and fibres, and endued with appetites and feelings.

THOUGH this his animal nature be infinitely inferior to his rational, yet since the happiness of the latter cannot be complete, while the former is deftitute of its proper goods, we have devoted the two preceding books to the best interests of his animal nature. We have taken the liberty to send him to Old.


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Cornaro, and Dr. FRANKLIN, to hear their excellent lectures on health and competence, which all allow to be two very choice ingredients in the cup of happiness. Nay, some entertain fo high an opinion of these, as to declare, that if CORNARO and FRANKLIN could insure a quantum fufficit of them, they would be content, and ask no better happiness than what they could extract from these.

But let it be remembered that this is not the language of the wise, but of the flothful, and of such as are pushed for money, who frequently experiencing the painfulness of being dunned, and sometimes tasting the sweets of ease and pleasure, are ready to conclude, that if they had but money enough; Oh if they had but money. enough to retire from the fatigues and vexations of business, and to fpend delicious days and nights in all the varied


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