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ESSAY ON MAN.
Awake, my St. John ! leave all meaner things
To low ambition, and the pride of kings:
Let us (since life can little more supply
Than just to look about us, and to die)
Expatiate free o'er all this scene of man,
A mighty maze! but not without a plan :
A wild, where weeds and flowers promiscuous shoot ;
Or garden, tempting with forbidden fruit,
Together let us beat this ample field,

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Try what the open, what the covert yield ;
The latent tracts, the giddy heights, explore,
Of all who blindly creep, or sighiless soar ;
Eye nature's walks, shoot folly as it fies,
And catch the manners living as they rise.
Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
But vindicate the ways of God to man.

I. Say first, of God above, or man below,
What can we reason, but from what we know?
Of man, what see we but his station here,

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From which to reason, or to which refer?
Thro’ 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,
Observe how system into system runs,

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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,
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 drawn supports, upheld by God, or thee?

II. Presumptuous man! the reason wouldst thou find,
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?

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Or ask of yonder argent fields above,
Why Jove's satellites are less than Jove.
of systems possible, if 'tis confest,

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