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The Poem opens with reflecting on the vanity or ima perfection of Philosophy, und being delighted with the cheerful hope which the gospel inspires, of happiness in another state-A cursory description of several sects of Philosophers_Of the first school of Epicureans—the second the Stoics—the Platonists, or followers of Plato-the Academics of the Lyceum and of Aristotle--Cicero-Of the modern Scepticswho have been averse to the principles of the gospel --Hobbes-Bolingbroke -- Voltaire — Hume --The disservices they have done to society --Of the aim of Christianity-It gives all the sound doctrines of the various schools of Philosophy, without any of their errors-It restrains or subdues the dangerous passions of Ambition, Lust, Pride, Avarice, Revenge~ It inspires us with more than Roman fortitude-Some Roman heroes mentioned—The otherwise splendid Character, but the cowardly and base Death of Cato -The propriety for the better understanding the principles of Christianity, to attend to the life of the great author of our faith-The uufulness of investigating his character, and viewing him in his inhuman death.
CHRISTI A N.
BOOK THE FIRST.
No more by vain Philosophy misled,
10 For Hope, that soars on more than eagle's wings, Above this vale of tears, these mortal things
That all around us give themselves to sight;
No more enquiring roams th’unsettled mind,