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Laft, those who boast of mighty mischiefs done, The flying rumours gather'd as they rollid,
And all who hcard it made enlargements too;
This having heard and seen,lome pow'runknown When thus ripe lycs are to perfection fprung,
Thro' thousand vents, imparient, forth they flow,
Fame fits aloft, and points them ou: their course,
Than leaves on trees, or fands upon the shores ; Around a thousand winged wonders fly; : [sky.
And long 'twas doubtful, both fu closely pent,
Which first should issue thro' the narrow vent,
Inseparable now the truth and lye;
And this or that unmix'd no mortal e'er shall find.
While thus I stood, intent to see and hear,
'Tis true, faid I, not void of hopes I came,
Th'estate which wits inherit after death!
There various news I heard of love and strife, Be envied, wretched-and be inutter'd, poor;
And all successful, jealous fi uids a: Lift.
But if the purchase costs fo diar a price
And follow still where fortune leads the ways
But the fallen ryins of another's fame
Then reach me, Heaven! to scorn the guilty bays, tbe bolily qualifications of the Brtutes ; tbough Drive from my brcalt that wretched lutt of praise ; to polijs any of the sensitive faculties in a Unblemith'd let me live, or dic unknown; big ber degree would render bim miserable.Oh grant an honest fame, or grant me none ! Tbut throug bout the wbole visible world un
univerfal order and gradation in the linzal 15. Tbc bappy Life of a Country Parson. Pope. and mental faculties is observed, wbicb caufis
a subordination of creature to creature, and In Imitation of Dr. Swift.
of all creatures to Mar. The gradations of PARSON, these things in thy poffeffing denie, inttinct, thought, reflection, realon; that Are better than the Bishop's blefling
Reason alone courier vuils all the oiber fundA Wife that inakes conserves; a Steed
ties. How much further this order and lubosThat carries double when there's need;
dination of living creatures may extend, alore October store, and best Virginia;
and bilo us; wire any part of wbicb broken, Tythe-Pig, and mortuary Guinea;
not ibut part only, but ibe whole connities Gazettes fent gratis down, and frank'd,
creation must be difiroved.--- The extravagance, For which thy patron 's weekly thank'd; madnets and pride of such a difire.—Tbe curiA large Concordance, bound long since ; fiquence of all the abiolure submillion due 18 Sermons to Charles the First when Prince; Providence, boib as 10 our present and future A Chronicle of ancient standing;
AWAKE, my Saint John ! leave all meaner
things Howbeit- likewise now to iny next.
To low ambition and the pride of Kings. Lo! here the Septuagint-and Paul,
Let us, fince life can little more supply To sum the wholc-the close of all.
Than just to look about us, and to die, He that has these, may pass his life,
Expatiate free o'er all this scene of Man; Drink with the 'Squire, and kiss his Wife; A mighty maze ! but not without a plan ; On Sundays preach, and eat his fill;
A Wild, where weeds and Aow'rs promifcuous And fast on Fridays--if he will:
Or Garden, tempting with forbidden fruit. [thoos; Toast Church and Queen, explain the News, Together let us beat this ample field, Talk with Church wardens about pows,
Try what the open, what the covert yield! Prav heartily for fome new Gift,
The latene tracks, the giddy hcights explore, And thake his head at Doctor St.
Of all who blindly creep, or fightlef foar;
Eye Nature's walks, thoot Folly as it flies, $ 16. An Every on Man: in Four Epiftles. Pore. And catch the manners living as they rile; To H. St. John Lord Bolingbroke.
Laugh where we must, he candid where sic can,
But vindicate the ways of God to Man.
Say first, of God above, or Mau below,
What can we reason, but from what we know?
Of Man, what fee we but his station here, of the Nature and Star of Man with repr27 10 From which to reason, or to which refer? the Univoile.
Thro'worlds unnumber'd tho'the God leknown, Of Man in the abh oct ---That we can judge 'Tis ours to trace him only in our own.
only with regard 10 our onun fyftem, bring ig. He vi ho thro' vast immentity can pierce, zorant of the relations of lifiems and things. See worlds on worlds compose one universe, That Man is not to be det med imperfect, tut Obferve bow system into lyttem runs, a Being suited to his place and rank in the What otliet planets circle other duris, Cra!ion, agreeable to ibe gencral Order of What varied Being peoples ev'ry star, things, and confirmable to Ends and Relations May tell why Heaven has made us as we are. 19 bim unknown.---That it is partly upon bi: But of this frame the bearings and the tics, ignorance of future evenis, and partiy upon The strong connections, nice dependencies, ebe hope of a future flute, tbal ail bis bap-Gradations jutt, has thy pervading loui pinets in ibe present depends. The pride of Look'd thro'? or can a part contain the whole? diming at more knowledge, and pretending io is the great chain that draws all to agree, 7:105e perfektion, the carfe of Man's erio und And drawn fiipports, upheld by God or thee? 972: sery. The impiety of putting bimplf in ihr Prefumiptuous Man! the reason wouldt thou find place of God, and judging of the finefs or Why form’d to i cak, fo little, and so blind? urfinnss, perfection or imperfection, ce or Firit, if thou canst, the harder reason guess, ir juflice, of his difpenfations.---The absurdity Why form’d no weaker, blinder, and no less; of conceiting himself the final cause of the cre- Alk'of thy mother earth, why oaks are made ation, or expetiing tbat perfection in ihe moral Taller and stronger than the weeds they made ; waik? which is not in ibe nainal.--The Or ask of sunder argent hields alore, unreafonablencfs of bis cumplainis oguinf Pro- l'hy Jove's Satellites are lefs than Jove. vidence, cubile on the one tand be demands of lyftums poflible, it ’ris confeft ibe perfections of the singels, and on the ober That Wildum intinite must form the best,
Where all must full or not coherent be,
Go, wiser thou! and in thy scale of sense And all that rises rise in due degree;
Weigh thy Opinion against Providence; Then in the scale of reas'ning life, ’ris plain, Call imperfection what thou fancieft such ; There inust be fomewhere fuch a rank as Man: Say, here he gives too little, there too much: And all the quettion (wranzle e'er so long) Destroy all creatures for thy sport or guft; Is only this, if 'jod has plac'd him wrong? Yet cry, if Man's unhappy, God's unjust;
Refpcéting Man, whatever wrong we call, If Man alone engrofs not Heaven's high care, May, must be right, as relative to all.
Alone made perfect here, immortal there : In human works, tho' labour'd on with pain, Snatch from his hand the balance and the rod, A thousand inovements scarce one purpote gain; Re-judge his justice, be the God of God. In God's, one fingle can its end produce, In Pride, in reas'ning Pride, our error lies; Yet ferves, to second too fume other use; All quit their sphere, and rush into the skies. So Man, who höre seems principal alone, Pride itill is aiming at the bleft abodes ; Perhaps acts second to fome fphere unknown, llen would be Angels, Angels would be Gods. Touches some wheel, or verges to some goal; Aspiring to be Gods, if Angels full, 'Tis but a part we fee, and not a whole. [ftrains Aspiring to be Angels, Men rebel :
When the proud Steed shall know why man re. And who but wishes to invert the laws His fiery course, or drives hiin o'er the plains; Of Order, fins against th'Eteryal Cause. When the dull Ox, why now he breaks the clod, Ak for what end the heavenly bodies fline, Is now a victim, and now iEgypt's God; Earth for whose use? Pride answers, “'Tis for Then shall Man's pride ard dulness comprehend * mine : His actions', pattions', being's, use and end ; “ For me kind Nature wakes her genial pow'r, Why doing, fufl'ring, check'd, impelld; and why "Suickles each herb, and spreads out ev'ry flow's; This hour a llave, the next a deitv.
“ Annual for me the grape, the rose, renew Then fay not Man's imperfect, Heaven in “ The juice nectareous, and the balmy dew; Say rather, Man's as perfect as he ought : [fault; “ For me the mine a thousand treatures brings, His knowledge measur'd to liis state and place; * For me health guthes from a thousand springs ; His time a moment, and a point his space. “ Seas roll to waft me, funs to light me rise ;
Heaven from all creatures aides the book of Fate,“ My foot-Itool earth, my canopy the skies." All but the page prescrib'd, their present state ; But errs not Nature from this gracious end, From brutes what men, from men what fpirits from burning suns when livid deaths defcend, Or who could suffer Being here below? [know; When earthquakes lwallow or when temperis The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day ;
sweep Had he thy Reason, would he skip and play? Towns to one grave, whole Nations to the deep? Pleas'd to the last, he crops the flow'ry food, “ No ('tis replied); the first Almighty Cause And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood. “ Aēts not by partial but by gen'ral laws; Oh blindness to the future' kindly given, “Th’exceptions few; some change fince all began: That each may fill the circle mark'd by Heaven; “ And what created perfect!”- Why then man? Who fees with equal eye, as God of all, If the great end be human Happiness, A hero perish, or a sparrow fall;
Then Nature deviates ; and can Man do less? Atoms or systems into ruin hurlid;
As much that end a constant course requires And now a bubble burst, and now a world. Of show'rs and sunshine, as of Man's desires;
Hope humbly then; with trembling pinions foar; As much eternal tprings and cloudleis skies,
Who heaves old Ocean, and whowings the forms,
Orturns young Ammon loose to scourge mankind? Lo! the poor Indian, whose untutor'd mind From pride, froin pride, our very reas'ning fprings; Sces God in clouds, or hars him in the wind; Account for moral as for nat’ral things: His foul proud Science ne : er taught to stay Why charge we Heaven in thole, in these acquit? Far as the folar walk, or milky way;
In both, to reason right, is to submit. Yet fimple Nature to his hope t'as given,
Better for us, perhaps, it might appear,
, an humbler heaven; Were there all harmony, all virtue here ;
The gen'ral Order, since the whole began,
What would this Man ? Now upward will he His faithful dog shall bear him com;4.1y.
And, little less than Angel, would be more : [foar,
Now, lowking downward, just as griev'd appears Beast, bird, fish, infect, what no eye can see,
Tenth, or ten-thousandrh, breaks the chain alike. Nothing to aid, and nothing to abatc.
And, if cach symptom in gradation roil
The bliss of man could Pride that bleiling Planets and Suns run lawless thro' the sky;
Being on Being wreck'd, and world on world, But what his nature and his state can bear. Heaven's whole foundations to their contre nod, Why has not man a microscopic eye ?
And Nature tremble to the throne of God: Jor this plain rcaton, Man is not a Fly. All this dread Order break-for whom? for thee?. Say what the use, were finer optics given, Vile worm !-oh madness, pride, impicty!
T' inspect a mite, not comprehend the hcaven? What if the foot, ordain'd the duri to tread, Or touch, if tremblingly alive all o'er,
Or hand, to toil, aspir'd to be the head? to smart and agonize at every pore?
What if the head, the eye, or ear repin'd Or, quick etlluria darting thro' the brain, To serve mere engines to the ruling inind ? Die of a role in aromatic pain?
Just as absurd for any part to claim
Far as Creation's ainple range extends, Great in the earth as in th' ethereal frame;
As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart;
Safe in the hand of one disposing Pow'r,
All Discord, Harmony not understood;
E PIST LE II.
Himself, as an Individual. Vatt chain of being ! which froin God began; The business of Man not to pry into God, but to foudy. Natures ethereal, huinan, angel, man,
Himself. His Middlc Nature; bis Powers and:
Frailties. The limits of bis Capacity. - The Deduct but what is Vanity or Dress, tuo Principles of Man, Self-love und Reafon, Or Learning's Luxury, or Idleness ; boto necessary. Self-love sbe stronger, and Or tricks to thew the stretch of human brain, cuby. Their end the same.- The Parlions, and Mere curious pleasure, or ingenious pain; their use.—The Predorninane Passion, and its Expunge the whole, or lop th' excrefcent parts force.--Its neceffity in directing Men to different of all our Vices have created Arts; Purposes. Its providential Ule, in firing our Then fee how little the remaining lum, Principle, and ascertaining our Virtue. --Virtuc Which ferv'd the past, and must the time to come! and Vice joined in our mixed Nature; the limits Two Principles in human nature reign ; near, yet ibe obings separate and evident: Wbar Self-love to urge, and Reason to restrain : is the Office of Reason.-How odions Vice in Nor this a good, nor that a bad we call; itself, and bow ree deceive ourselves in it. - Each works its end, to move or govern all : Ttat, bowever, tbe Ends of Providence and And to their proper operation fiil general Good are answered in our Passions and Ascribe all Good; to their improper, Ill. Imperfe&tions.- Hore ufofully these are difiributedt Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the foul; to all Orders of Men.—How ifeful they are to Rcason's comparing balance rules th: whole. Society, and to Individuals, in every ftate and Man, but for that, 10 a&tion could attend; every age of life.
And, but for this, were active to no end;
Fix'd like a plant on his peculiar spot, KNOW then thyself, presume not God to scan; To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot : The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Or, meteor-like, fiame lawless thro' the void; Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state,
Dettroying others, by himfelf deftroy'd. A being darkly wife, and rudely grea; Most strength the moving principle requires; With too much knowledge for the Sceptic fide, Active its talk, it prompts, impuls, inspires. With too much weakness for the Scoic's pride, Sedate and quiet the comparing lies, He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest, Form'd but to check, delib'ratc, and advise. In doubt to deem himself a God or Beast; Self-love, still stronger, as its obječts nigh ; In doubt his Mind or Body to prefer;
Reason's at distance and in profpe&t lie : Born but to die, and reasoning but to err ; That sees immediate good by present sense ; Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Reason, the future and the consequence. Whether he thinks too little, or too much: Thicker than arguments temptations throng ; Chaos of Thought and Passion, all confus'd, At best more watchful this, but that more strong. Still by himself abus'd or disabus'd;
The action of the stronger to suspend Created half to rise, and half to fall;
Reason ftill use, to Realon still attend. Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all: Attention, habit and experience gains ; Sole judge of Truth, in endlels Error hurl'd; Each strengthens Reason, and Self-love restrains. The glory, jeft, and riddle of the world! Let subtle schoolmen teach these friends to fight, Go, wondrous creature ! mount where Science More studious to divide than to unite ; guides,
And Grace and Virtue, Sense and Rcafon Split, Go, meature earth, weigh air, and state the tides; With all the raih dexterity of wit. Instruct the planets in what orbs to run, Wits, just like Fools, at war about a name, Correct old Time, and regulate the Sun; Have full as oft no meaning, or the same. Go, soar with Plato to th' empyreal sphere, Self-love and Reason to one end aspire ; To the first good, first perfect, and first fair; Pain their aversion, pleasure thcir desire; Or tread che mazy round his followers trod, But greedy chat, its object would devour; And quitting sense call imitating God;
This taste the honey, and not wound the flow'r: As Eastern priests in giddy circles run, Pleasure, or wrong or rightly understood, And turn their heads to imitate the Sun. Our greatest evil, or our
greatest good. Go, teach Eternal Wisdom how to rule ;
Moles of Self-love the Passions we may call; Then drop into thyself, and be a fool !
'Tis real good, or seeming, moves thera all : Superior beings, when of late they faw But since not ev'ry good we can divide, A mortal Man unfold all Nature's law,
And Reason bids is for our own provide ; Admir'd fuch wisdom in an earthly shape, Passions, tho' selfish, if their means be fair, And thew'd a Newton as we shew an Ape. Lift under Reason, and deserve her care ;
Could he, whose rules the rapid comet find, Those that imparted court a nobler aim,
Trace Science then, with Modesty thy guide; On life's vast occan diverleiy we sail,