Philosophers of that time rejected the ideas of the Middle Ages and Renaissance by establishing their own points of view. This is the way our essay was written.
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. The glory, jest, and riddle of the world! Go, teach Eternal Wisdom how to rule— Then drop into thyself, and be a fool!
Could he, whose rules the rapid comet bind, Describe or fix one movement of his mind? Who saw its fires here rise, and there descend, Explain his own beginning, or his end?
Two principles in human nature reign; Self-love, to urge, and reason, to restrain; Nor this a good, nor that a bad we call, Each works its end, to move or govern all: And to their proper operation still, Ascribe all good; to their improper, ill.
Man, but for that, no action could attend, And but for this, were active to no end: Most strength the moving principle requires; Active its task, it prompts, impels, inspires. That sees immediate good by present sense; Reason, the future and the consequence. Thicker than arguments, temptations throng, At best more watchful this, but that more strong.
The action of the stronger to suspend, Reason still use, to reason still attend.
Attention, habit and experience gains; Each strengthens reason, and self-love restrains. Let subtle schoolmen teach these friends to fight, More studious to divide than to unite, And grace and virtue, sense and reason split, With all the rash dexterity of wit: Wits, just like fools, at war about a name, Have full as oft no meaning, or the same.
Pleasure, or wrong or rightly understood, Our greatest evil, or our greatest good. Modes of self-love the passions we may call: The rising tempest puts in act the soul, Parts it may ravage, but preserves the whole. The lights and shades, whose well accorded strife Gives all the strength and colour of our life.
Pleasures are ever in our hands or eyes, And when in act they cease, in prospect, rise: Present to grasp, and future still to find, The whole employ of body and of mind. As man, perhaps, the moment of his breath, Receives the lurking principle of death; The young disease, that must subdue at length, Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength: Teach us to mourn our nature, not to mend, A sharp accuser, but a helpless friend!
Or from a judge turn pleader, to persuade The choice we make, or justify it made; Proud of an easy conquest all along, She but removes weak passions for the strong: What crops of wit and honesty appear From spleen, from obstinacy, hate, or fear!
Thus nature gives us let it check our pride The virtue nearest to our vice allied: Reason the byass turns to good from ill, And Nero reigns a Titus, if he will. The same ambition can destroy or save, And make a patriot as it makes a knave.
The God within the mind. If white and black blend, soften, and unite A thousand ways, is there no black or white? Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
No creature owns it in the first degree, But thinks his neighbour farther gone than he! See the blind beggar dance, the cripple sing, The sot a hero, lunatic a king; The starving chemist in his golden views Supremely blest, the poet in his Muse.
Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight, A little louder, but as empty quite: Meanwhile opinion gilds with varying rays Those painted clouds that beautify our days; Each want of happiness by hope supplied, And each vacuity of sense by Pride:+ free ebooks online.
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I started the read in pursuit of the context for the quotation - fools rush in where angles fear to tread. An Essay on Man is a poem published by Alexander Pope in – It is an effort to rationalize or rather "vindicate the ways of God to man" (l), a variation of John Milton's claim in the opening lines of Paradise Lost, that he will "justify the ways of God to men" ().It is concerned with the natural order God has decreed for man.
The argument of Leibnitz’s Theodicee was widely used; and although Pope said that he had never read the Theodicee, his “Essay on Man” has a like argument. When any book has a wide influence upon opinion, its general ideas pass into the minds of many people who have never read it.
The Thomas Gray Archive is a collaborative digital archive and research project devoted to the life and work of eighteenth-century poet, letter-writer, and scholar Thomas Gray (), author of the acclaimed 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' ().
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