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[hrough worlds unnumber'd, though the God be known, Tis ours to trace him only in our own. He, who through vast immensity can pierce, See worlds on worlds compose one universe, bbserve how system into system runs,
25 What other planets circle other suns, What varied being peoples every star, May tell, why Heaven has made us as we are, But of this frame, the bearings and the ties, The strong connexions, nice dependencies,
30 Gradations just, has thy pervading soul Look'd through ? Or, can a part contain the whole?
Is the great chain, that draws all to agree, And draw'n supports, upheld by God, or thee?
II. Presumptuous man ! the reason wouldst thou find, 35 Why form’d so weak, so little, and so blind? First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess, Why form'd no weaker, blinder, and no less ! Ask of thy mother earth, why oaks are made Taller or stronger than the weeds they shade?
40 Or ask of yonder argent fields above, Why Jove's satellites are less than Jove?
Of systems possible, if 'tis confest
Respecting man, whatever wrong we call,
When the proud steed shall know why man restrains a bere
Then say not, man's imperfect, Heav'n in fault;
III. Heaven from all creatures hides the book of fate,
80 The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day,
d he thy reason would he skip and play? as'd to the last, he crops the flowery food, I licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood. lindness to the future! kindly giving at each may fill the circle mark'd by Heav'n; 10 sees with equal eye, as God of all, vero perish, or a sparrow fall, oms or systems into ruin hurld d now a bubble burst, and now a world. Hope humbly then ; with trembling pinions soar : ait the great teacher, death, and God adore ! hat future bliss, he gives not thee to know, it gives that hope to be thy blessing now. ope springs eternal in the human breast : an never is, but always to be blest. le soul uneasy, and confin'd from home, ests and expatiates in a life to come. Lo! the poor Indian, whose untutor'd mind es God in clouds, or hears him in the wind; is soul proud science never taught to stray ar as the solar walk, or milky way; et simple nature to his hope has givin, ehind the cloud-topt hill, an humbler heav'n; ome safer world in depth of woods embrac'd, ome happier island in the watry waste, There slaves once more their native land behold, o fiends torment, no Christians thirst for gold! to be, contents his natural desire, le asks no angel's wings, no seraph's fire; fut thinks, admitted to that equal sky, lis faithful dog shall bear him company.
IV. Go, wiser thou! and in thy scale of sense
19 Snatch from his hand the balance and the rod, Re-judge his justice, be the god of God!
In pride, in reas’ning pride, our error lies ;
V. Ask for what end the heavenly bodies shine,
135 “ The juice nectareous, and the balmy dew; “For me, the mine a thousand treasures brings ; “For me, health gushes from a thousand springs;
Seas roll to waft me, suns to light me rise ; “My footstool earth, my canopy the skies."
But errs not nature from this gracious end,
of sense rowns to one grave, whole nations to the deep? - No ('tis reply'd) the first Almighty Cause
* Acts not by partial, but by general laws; Ech; Th’ exceptions few; some change since all began : t;
* And what created perfect?” Why then man?
If the great end be human happiness, are, Then nature deviates : and can man do less ?
As much that end a constant course requires rod, Of showers and sunshine, as of man's desires ;
As much eternal springs and cloudless skies,
As men for ever temp?rate, calm, and wise.
mankind ? 160 * From pride, from pride, our very reas’ning springs ; dies shine, Account for moral, as for nat’ral things : ris for mine: Why charge we Heav'n in those, in these acquit?
In both, to reason right, is to submit.
165 Were there all harmony, all virtue here ;
That never air or ocean felt the wind; brings;
That never passion discompos'd the mind;
| The gen’ral order, since the whole began, s."
Is kept in nature, and is kept in man.
VI. What would this man? now upward will he soar, icend,
And little less than angel, would be more ;