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That man for such employments e'er was made ?
Behold one pagan, drawn in colors faint,
And for th' imagin’d vice of human race, Destroy our virtue, or our parts debase ; Since God with reason joins to make us own, That 'tis not good for man to be alone.
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SATIRICAL AND PRECEPTIVE.
CONTENTS OF PART I.
Page 1. OF the end and efficacy of Satire. The leve of glory and fear of shame universal.
This passion, implanted in man as a spur to virtue, is generally perverted. And thus becomes the occasion of the greatest follies, vices, and miseries. It is the work of Satire to rectify this passion, to reduce it to its proper channel, and to convert it into an incentive to wisdom and virtue. Hence it appears that Satire may influence those who defy all laws human and divine. An objection answered.
4. Dauntless pursues the path Spinoza trod;] Benedict de Spinoza, son of a Portuguese Jew settled at Amsterdam, was born in 1633, and commenced phi. losopher very early in life. His great atheistical principle was, That there is nothing properly and ab. solutely existing, but matter and the modifications of