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In Pride, in reas’ning Pride, our error lies;
V. Ask for what end the heav'nly bodies shine, Earth for whofe ufc Pride answers, “'Tis for mine: “For me kind Nature wakes her genial pow'r, • Suckles each herb, and spreads out ev'ry flow'r;
Ver. 123. In Pride, &c.] tione contiguas. Adversus Arnobius has passed the same gentes. censure on these very follies, VER. 131. Ak for what which he supposes to arise end, &c.] If there be any from the cause here assign- fault in these lines, it is not ed.-Nihil eft quod nos fald in the general sentiment, but lat, nihil quod nobis pollice- a want of exactness in exatur spes casas (id quod no- pressing it.-It is the highbis a quibusdam dicitur viris eft abfurdity to think that immoderata fui opinione fub- Earth is man's foot-fool, his latis) animas immortales efle, canopy the Skies, and the Deo, rerum ac principi, gra- heavenly bodies lighted up du proximas dignitatis, geni. principally for his use ; yet tore illo ac patre prolatas, not so, to suppose fruits divinas, fapientes, do&tas, and minerals given for this neque ulla corporis attre&ta- ) end.
“ Annual for me, the grape, the rose, renew, 135
My foot-stool earth, my canopy the skies.” 140
But errs not Nature from this gracious end, From burning suns when livid deaths descend, When earthquakes swallow, or when tempefts sweep Towns to one grave, whole nations to the deep? “ No ('tis reply'd) the first Almighty Cause 145 " Acts not by partial, but by gen'ral laws; “ Th' exceptions few; some change fince all began : . « And what created perfect?”—Why then Man? If the great end be human Happiness, Then Nature deviates; and can Man do less?
Ver. 150. Then Nature “ed, which may have risen deviates, &C.]
“ from the mutual actions comets move in
“ of comets and planets up“ centric orbs, in all man
on one another, and which ner of positions, blind “ will be apt to increase, “ Fate could never make all “ 'till this system wants a “ the planets move one and “ reformation.” Sir Isaac "s the same way in orbs con “ Newton's Optics, Queft. “ centric; some inconfider- ult. **able irregularities except
As much that end a constant course requires
Ver. 169. But ALL fub- extended in Ep. ij. from fifts, &c.] See this subject | go to 112, 155, &c. P.
VI.What would this Man? Now upward will he foar,
The bliss of Man (could Pride that blessing find)
Ver. 174. And little less is a certain axiom in the than Angel, &c.] Thou haft anatomy of creatures, that made him a little lower than in proportion as they are the Angels, and haft crown- formed for strength, their ed him with glory and ho- swiftness is leffened ; or as nour. Pfalm viii. 9. they are formed for swift
Ver. 182. Here with de- ness, their strength is agrees of swiftness, &c.] It bated. P.
No pow'rs of body or of foul to share,
NOTES. Ver. 202. Stunn'd him he speaks of the motion of with the music of the spheres,] the heavenly bodies under This instance is poetical and the sublime Imagery of ruleven fublime, but misplaced. ing Angels : For whether He is arguing philosophical there be ruling Angels or no, ly in a case that required him there is real motion, which to employ the real objects was all his argument wantof sense only : And, what is ed; but if there be no mufic worse, he speaks of this as a of the spheres, there was no real object,
IF NATURE real sound, which his arthunder'd, &c. The cafe is gument could not do withdifferent where (in y 253) out.