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VII. Far as Creation's ample range extends,
NOTES. Ver. 213. The headlong | by the ear, and not by the lioness) The manner of the nostril. It is probable the Lions hunting their prey in story of the jackal's hunting the deserts of Africa is this: for the lion, was occafioned At their first going out in by observation of this defect the night-time they set up a of scent in that terrible aniloud roar, and then listen to mal. P. the noise made by the beasts
For ever in their flight, pursuing them sep'rate, &c.] Near, by the
Remembrance and Reflection how ally’d; 225
NOTES fimilitude of the operations; sensible triangle in his mind, separate, by the immense which is sense ; yet notwithdifference in the nature of standing, he must needs have
the notion or idea of an inVer. 226. What thin tellectual triangle likewise, partitions, &c.] So thin, which is thought; for this that the Atheistic philofo- plain reason, because every phers, as Protagoras, held image or picture of a trianthat thought was only sense; gle must needs be obtusanand from thence concluded, gular, or rectangular, or 2that every imagination or cutangular ; but that which; opinion of every man was in his mind, is the subject of true: Πάσα φανλασία εςιν αληθής. This propofition is the ratio But the poet determines of a triangle, undetermined more philosophically ; that to any of these species. On they are really and essen- this account it was that Aritially different, how thin stotle said, Nonpala tivi dobosi, foever the partition is by | τα μη φανλάσματα είναι, και έδε ταύwhich they are divided. Thus τα φανλάσματα, αλλ' έκ άνευ φαν(to illustrate the truth of this Tomátwy. The conceptions of observation) when a geome- the mind differ fomewhat ter considers a triangle, in from sensible images ; they order to demonstrate the e
are not sensible images, and quality of it's three angles yet not quite free or difento two right ones, he has gaged from sensible images, the picture or image of some
The pow'rs of all subdu'd by thee alone,
VIII. See, thro’this air, this ocean, and this earth,
Natures æthereal, human, angel, man, · Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see, No glass can reach ; from Infinite to thee, 240 From thee to Nothing. On superior pow'rs Were we to press, inferior might on ours: Or in the full creation leave a void, Where, one step broken, the great scale's destroy'd : From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, 245 Tenth or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike.
And, if each system in gradation roll Alike effential to th' amazing Whole,
NOTES. VER. 243. Or in the full full and void here meant, creation leave a void, &c.] | relating not to Matter, but This is only an illustration, i to Life. alluding to the Peripatetic Ver. 247. And, if each plenum and vacuum ; the system in gradation roll] The
The least confusion but in one, not all
IX. What if the foot, ordain'd the dust to tread, Or hand, to toil, aspir’d to be the head ? 260
Notes. verb alludes to the motion of tonic principle for the foun. the planetary bodies of each dation of his Essay had afsystem ; and to the figures forded him; and that is the described by that motion. expressing himself (as here)
Ver. 251. Let Earth un in Platonic notions ; which, balanc'd ) i. e. Being no luckily for his purpose, are longer kept within it's orbit highly poetical, at the same by the different directions time that they add a grace of it's progressive and at to the uniformity of his reatractive motions ; which, soning. like equal weights in a ba Ver. 259. What if the lance, keep it in an equi- foot, &c.] This fine illulibre.
ftration in defence of the Ver. 253. Let ruling System of Nature, is taken Angels, &c.] The poet, from St Paul, who employthroughout this poem, with ed it to defend the System of great art uses an advantage, Grace. which-his employing a Pla
What if the head, the eye, or ear repin'd
All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
VER. 265. Just as ab- writing on the fame subject, surd, &c.] See the Prosecu- namely the omnipresence of tion and application of this God in his Providence, and in Ep. iv. P.
in his Substance. In him we Ver. 266. The great di- live, and move, and have recting Mind, &c.] Vene our being ; i.e. we are parts ramur autem & colimus ob of him, his offspring, as dominium. Deus enim fine the Greek poet, a pantheist dominio, providentia, & cau- quoted by the Apostle, obfis finalibus, nihil aliud eft ferves : And the reason is,
quam Fatum & Natura. because a religious theist, Newtoni Princip. Schol. ge- and an impious pantheist, ner. fub finem.
both profess to believe the Ver. 268. Whofe body omnipresence of God. But Nature is, &c.] A certain would Spinoza, as Mr Pope examiner remarks, on this does, call God the great
diline, that “ A Spinozist reeling Mind of all, who “ would express himself in hath intentionally created a " this Manner." I believe perfect Universe ? Or would he would, and so, we know, a Spinozist have told us, would St Paul too, when
The workman from the work distinct was known,