and all creatures to man. 70 To each unthinking being, Heaven, a friend, Gives not the useless knowledge of its end: To Man imparts it; but with such a view As, while he dreads it, makes him hope it too: The hour conceald, and so remote the fear, Death still. Prescient, the tides or tempests to withstand, 100 Build on the wave, or arch beneath the sand? Reason, however able, cool at best, Cares not for service, or but serves when pressd, Stays till we call, and then not often near; But honest instinct comes a volunteer, Sure never to oershoot, but just to hit; While still too wide or short.
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man, 4 vols.
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OF THE nature AND state OF MAN with respect TO society.
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But just disease to luxury succeeds, And evry death its own avenger breeds; 165 The fury-passions from that blood began, And turnd on man, a fiercer savage, man. Gulliver's Travels, Johnson's "The Vanity of Human Wishes" ( text Tennyson's, in dartmouth chavez/eastman/marshall dissertation fellowships Memoriam and Eliot's The Wasteland? While Man exclaims, See all things for my use! Verses 359-269 list the absurdity of man's wish to be given a bigger role by nature. (123) How so, according to Pope? Forced into virtue thus by self-defence, Even kings learnd justice and benevolence; 280 Self-love forsook the path it first pursued, And found the private in the public good. Instead, everything is bound together in a neighboring embrace and all parts relate to whole (21). 237 which is similar to (though not exactly the same as) the Renaissance scala naturae. Thus beast and bird their common charge attend, The mothers nurse it, and the sires defend; The young dismissd to wander earth or air, There stops the instinct, and there ends the care; The link dissolves, each seeks a fresh embrace, Another love succeeds, another.