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rn the Soul

of

Man.

13

ther's welfare. Again, in

r~gard

of edu–

cation, fome have never been taught

to

follow any other rules, than thofe

of

plea~

fure or advantage: but others are fo i·n ....

ured to obferve the firicrefl: rules of decen-–

cy and honour, and fon1e

infiances of

virtue,

that they are hardly capable of

doing any thing which they have been

accufiomed to look upon as baie and

unworthy.

.

In fine, , it

_is

no fi11all difference in

the

deportment of mere natural men, that cloth

arife fron1 the firength or weaknefs of their

\Vit

or judgtnent, and fron1 their care or

negligence in ufing then1.

Inte1nperance

· and

lufl:,

inju"fiice and oppreffion, and all

thofe other in1pieties which abound in the

\vorld, and render

it

fo miferable, are t··he

ilTues of felf-love, the effect of the

animal

life;

when

it

is· neither overpo\vered

by ·

religion, nor governed by natural reafon.

But

if

it once take hold of reafon, and

get

judgment an-d wit to be ofits party,

it

will

many tin1·es difdain the grofler fort of vices,

and fpring

up

unto fair imitations ofvirtue

and goodnefs.

If a man have but fo

much reafon as to confider the· prejudice

·Which

intemperance and inordinate·

lufl:

do bring unto his health,

his

fortune,

and his

reputation,

fclf

love

1nay

fuffice

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