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Paradoxes of the Highest Science

Eliphas Levi


The Secret Doctrine, Volume II Anthropogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky


Further Adventures of an Irish R. M.

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross


Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll


An essay on man

by Alexander Pope

Excerpt:

DEO OPT. MAX.

Father of all! in every age,

In every clime, adored,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,

Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!

Thou Great First Cause, least understood;

Who all my sense confined
To know but this, that thou art good,

And that myself am blind:

Yet gave me, in this dark estate,

To see the good from ill;
And, binding nature fast in fate,

Left free the human will.

What conscience dictates to be done,

Or warns me not to do, This teach me more than hell to shun,

That more than heaven pursue.

What blessings thy free bounty gives,

Let me not cast away; For God is paid when man receives:

To' enjoy is to obey.

Yet not to earth's contracted span
Thy goodness let me bound,

Or think thee Lord alone of man,
When thousand worlds are round.

Let not this weak unknowing hand

Presume thy bolts to throw,
And deal damnation round the land
On each I judge thy foe.

If I am right, thy grace impart,
Still in the right to stay;

If I am wrong, O teach my heart
To find that better way.

Save me alike from foolish pride,

Or impious discontent,
At aught thy wisdom has denied,

Or aught thy goodness lent.

Teach me to feel another's woe,'

To hide the fault I see: That mercy I to others show,

That mercy show to me.

Mean though I am, not wholly so,

Since quicken'd by thy breath:
O lead me, wheresoe'er I go,

Through this day's life or death!

This day be bread and peace my lot:

All else beneath the sun
Thou know'st if best bestow'd or not,

And let thy will be done.

To Thee, whose temple is all space,

Whose altar, earth, sea, skies !
One chorus let all beings raise !

All nature's incense rise !

VOL. II.

50

MORAL ESSAYS.

IN FOUR EPISTLES.

Est brevitate opus, ut cnrrat sententia, neu se
Impediat verbis lassis onerantibus aures :
Et scrmone opus est modo tristi, saepe jocoso,
Defeodente vicem modo rhetoris atque poetae
Lnterdum urbani, parcentis viribns, atque
Extenuantis eas consult6. Hor.

ADVERTISEMENT.

(BY DR. WARBURTON.)

The Essay on Man was intended to have been comprised in four books:

The first of which the author has given us under that title in four epistles.

The second was to have consisted of the same number: 1. Of the extent and limits of human reason. 2. Of those arts and sciences, and of the parts of them, which are useful, and therefore attainable; together with those which are unuseful, and therefore unattainable. 3. Of the nature, ends, use, and application of the different capacities of men. 4. Of the use of learning; of the science of the world; and of wit ; concluding with a satire against the misapplication of them, illustrated by pictures, characters, and examples.

The third book regarded civil regimen, or the science of politics ; in which the several forms of a republic were to be examined and explained; together with the several modes of religious worship, as far forth as they affect society: between which the author always supposed there was the most interesting relation and closest connection. So that this part would have treated of civil and religious society in their full extent.

The fourth and last book concerned private ethics, or practical morality, considered in all the circumstances, orders, professions, and stations of human life.

The scheme of all this had been maturely digested, and communicated to Lord Bolingbroke, Dr. Swift, and one or two more ; and was intended for the only work of his riper years ; but was, partly through ill health, partly through discouragements from the depravity of the times, and partly on prudential and other considerations, interrupted, postponed, and, lastly, in a manner, laid aside.


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