By Bernard Mandeville
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Yet her own Historians, proud as they were, scrupled not to mention it, after she was arrived at the Height of her Glory, and become a Goddess, _Dea Roma_, to whom Divine Honours were paid An Enquiry into the Origin of Honour, and the Usefulness of Christianity in War [with accents] 41 throughout the Empire, and a stately Temple was erected within her own Walls. Hor. I have often wonder'd at that _Dea Roma_, and her Statues resembling those of Pallas. What could they pretend her Divinity to consist in?
Cleo. But look into the Ceremonial of those Institutions, and the great Share the Clergy has in most of them, and you'll easily see, what Stock they sprung from. And tho' the Sovereign, in every Country, is deem'd to be the Fountain of Honour, yet the Sovereigns themselves had their Titles, as well as Coats of arms, from the An Enquiry into the Origin of Honour, and the Usefulness of Christianity in War [with accents] 32 Popes; nor had they ever any Ensign of Honour, Power or Authority, which they could depend upon, unless it had first been granted, or confirm'd and ratify'd, by the See of Rome.
But what signify the Austerity of Life and Forbearance of Nuns and Friars, if they were real, to all the Rest who don't practise them? And what Service can their Self-denial and Mortification be of to the Vain and Sensual, who gratify every Appetite that comes uppermost? Cleo. The Laity of the Roman Communion are taught and assured, that they may be of great Service even to the Wicked; nay, it may be proved from Scripture, that the Intercession of the Righteous and Innocent, is sometimes capable of averting God's Vengence from the Guilty.