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upon : and the wretched Mistake is, that they often think themselves Masters of it, when in earnest they are running a more laborious Course, and undergo often more Hardships, in this wild Chale of Folly and Sin, than ever the strictest Rules of Morality or Religion, would have requir'd ac their hands. To live in a perpetual Hurry and Distraction, to be laying in contiQual Supplies for fresh Diseases, to pride themselves in some wild Humour, or invent some unaccountable Frolick, regarding neither the Sacredness of Persons, Places or Things ; to be in at every Fray and midnight Scuffle, and to be often deservedly as ill-us'd as they insoiently intended to have used Others; these are accounted some of their Pieces of Gallaotry; and the more extravagant the Vice, the more accomplish'd the Gentleman. It were vain to go to prove, how little Satisfaction these unhappy Crea. tures reap from their lewd Folly, when for half the Misery and Pain some of them endure in the Road to Destruction, had they fuffer'd it in the Cause of Virtue or Religion, they might have been more than Canoniz'd, they might have Been Saints. What loud Accusations should we hear, from these very Men, against the Justice of the Divine Provi. dence, did Men luffer half so much by Piety and Virtue, as they do in the Service of their
Lusts? But there are but one Sect of the Men of Pleasure, that have found out an odd Way of enjoying it peculiar to themselves.
Others there are, that pretend to be more reasonable in their Vices, that have fome care to escape downright Infamy, and have some regard to their fortunes, cheir Bodies, and their Health; that are caurious enough in the Enjoyment of their Sensual Delights, to Sin so to Day, as they may Sin to Morrow; and so carefully manage their Vices, that the excess of One may not make 'em Unfit for Another. Mirth and gay Company and Wic and Wine and all the fresh Varieties of Luxury and Luft, make their Days Aly delightfully away, and teach 'em to laugh at, and despise those Phlegmatick and heavy Slaves, as they are pleas'd to term them, that live by any Rule but pleasure. These fure, if any, have some Fruit in Sin ; These sure are the Men, who, whatever the End of their journey be, yet travel it on very joyfully, and are in a most pleasant Road. But how wretchedly may we be deceiv'd in the outward Shew of things? If the Guilt, that inseparably sticks to these sensual Riotings, could posfibly be abstracted from them, yet how little of true Satisfaction there is to be found in all this Noise and Appearance of Delight and Happiness, let the Wise Man
convince us, who had made Trial of all the different Ways of Pleasure, to see what wasGood for the Sons of Men; who, as he himself tells us, had given himself to Wine, and Mirth, and Laughter, and whatsoever his Eyes defir’d, kept it not from them, nor withheld bis Heart from any Toy ; who wanted neither Riches to buy, nor Power to command, nor Wit to invent, nor Vigour to pursue, nor Appetite 'to re. lish new Enjoyments, nor Wildom at last to give a true Judgment of the Real Value of them all. And he has given in One Word his final Determination, that they are all Vanity. And, as he himself asks the question, what can the Man do tbat comes after the King ? after This King, certainly not so much as immediately follows in the answer, Even that which was done before. But alas! all the Pleasures of Sin are not only Vanity , but Vexation of Spirit too; and this those very gayHumour Men, even in the height of all their Jollity, if they durft confess it, must needs often feel and experience. In the very Heat and Extravagance of Mirth, as Lucretius obferves, furgit amari aliquid, some bitter intruding Thought of Death, or Eteroity, will be presting for Admittance; and it is very difficult to quite to have ftified and overcome Conscience, as not to be forc'd to hear of her Importunities, even at times when Men may think her a little uo- ·
seasonable: This tho' disguis'd well enough and carry'd offin Company, yet still stings within, and even in the midst of Laughter the Heart is Sorrowful. For we should be very grossly mistaken, if we should conclude, that all those that feem to us fo Sprightly' and Free , so full of Mirth and unacquainted with Care, are the most Happy Men, and Easy within themselves. Nay, it often happens, which is the greatest Misfortune can befall a Man, that all chis extraordinary Jollity, and reputed good Humour, is but only the last Refuge from the Unquierness of those Thoughts, that they are so afraid to meet and converse with at Home in their own Bosom. And if one of these Men would but venture to grow once cool and consider, if he would but dare to come to himself, he would then own, how weary he has ofren been of that which he was forc'd to call Pleasure, because forc'd to repear it in bis own defence ; what wretched Shifts he has been put to, to invent new Devices for spending the Time, when all the Old ones have been worn out, and lost their relish; how soon the new Pleasure cloy'd, and the old was taken up again; and in what a giddy Circle he has been driven round, and hurry'd blindfold by those Tyrannous Vices, that us'd him as il, as the Philistines did Samson, when they put out his Eyes and