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What thin partitions sense from thought divide.*
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All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
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As full, as perfect, in vile man that mourns,
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All nature is but art, unknown to thee;
All partial evil, universal good;
And spite of pride, in erring reason's spite,
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Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man.* Epistle ii. Line 1.
If ought do touch the utmost thread of it
She feels it instantly on every side.
Sir JOHN DAVIES (1570-1626). Immortality of the Soul.
Our souls sit close and silently within,
And their own web from their own entrails spin;
And when eyes meet far cff, our sense is such,
That, spider-like, we feel the tenderest touch.
DRYDEN. Marriage à la Mode. Act ii. Sc. 1.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
DRYDEN, ante, p. 158.
'Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ fuit.' Seneca, De Tranquillitate Animi, xvii. 10, quotes this from Aristotle, who gives as one of his Problemata (xxx. r), Διὰ τί πάντες ὅσοι περιττοὶ γεγόνασιν ἄνδρες ἢ κατὰ φιλοσοφίαν ἢ πολιτικὴν ἢ ποίησιν ἤ τέχνας φαίνονται μελαγχολικοὶ ὄντες.
From Charron (de la Sargesse) :-'La vraye science et le vray étude de l'homme c'est l'homme.'
Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
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Fix'd like a plant on his peculiar spot,
On life's vast ocean diversely we sail,
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And hence one master-passion in the breast,
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The young disease, that must subdue at length,
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Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,+
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Virtuous and vicious every man must be,
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* Quelle chimère est-ce donc que l'homme quelle nouveauté, quel chaos, quel sujet de contradiction! Juge de toutes choses, imbécile ver de terre, dépositaire du vrai, amas d'incertitude, gloire et rebut de l'univers.-PASCAL. Systèmes des Philosophes, xxv.
For truth has such a face and such a mien,
As to be loved needs only to be seen.
DRYDEN. The Hind and Panther.
Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law,
Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage,
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Learn of the little nautilus to sail,
Speed the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.
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The enormous faith of many made for one.
For forms of government let fools contest;
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O happiness! our being's end and aim!
Order is Heaven's first law.
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Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
Lie in three words-health, peace, and competence.
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* His faith, perhaps, in some nice tenets, might
The soul's calm sunshine and the heartfelt joy.
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Honour and shame from no condition rise;
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Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow;
What can ennoble sots, or slaves or cowards?
Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards.
A wit's a feather, and a chief a rod;
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An honest man's the noblest work of God.*
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Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart :
One self-approving hour whole years outweighs
Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas :
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If parts allure thee, think how Bacon shined,
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* Man is his own star, and that soul that can
FLETCHER. Upon an Honest Man's Fortune.
† May see thee now, though late redeem thy name,
SAVAGE. Character of Foster.
Damned by the Muse to everlasting fame.
LLOYD. Epistle to a Friend.
Know then this truth (enough for man to know), ‘Virtue alone is happiness below.'
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Slave to no sect, who takes no private road,
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Formed by thy converse, happily to steer
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Say, shall my little bark attendant sail,
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Thou wert my guide, philosopher and friend.
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That virtue only makes our bliss below,
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To observations which ourselves we make,
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Like following life through creatures you dissect You lose it in the moment you detect. Epistle i. Line 29.
*You will find that it is the modest, not the presumptuous inquirer, who makes a real and safe progress in the discovery of divine truths. One follows Nature and Nature's God-that is, he follows God in his works and in his word.
BOLINGBROKE. A Letter to Mr. Pope.
BOILEAU. L'Art Poétique. Chant Ier.