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ESSAY ON MAN.

ESSAY ON MAN.

BY ALEXANDER POPE, ESQ.

EPISTLE I.

Awake

WAKE, my St. John! leave all meaner things

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To low ambition, and the pride of kings.
Let us (since life can little more supply
Than just to look about us and to die)
Expatiate free o'er all this scene of Man;
A mighty maze! but not without a plan;
A wild, where weeds and flow'rs promiscuous

Thoot;
Or garden, tempting with forbidden fruit.
Together let us beat this ample field,
Try what the open, what the covert yield;

The latent tracts, the giddy heights, explore
Of all who blindly creep, or sightless foar ;
Eye Nature's walks, fhoot Folly as it flies,
And catch the manners living as they rise;
Laugh where we must, be candid where we can;
But vindicate the ways of God to Man.

I. Say first, of God above, or Man below,
What can we reason, but from what we know :
Of Man, what fee we but his station here,
From which to reason, or to which refer?
Thro’ worlds unnumber'd tho' the God be known,
'Tis ours to trace him only in our own.
He, who thro' vast immensity can pierce,
See worlds on worlds compose one universe,
Observe how system into system runs,
What other planets circle other suns,
What vary'd being peoples every star,
May tell why Heav'n has made us as we are.
But of this frame, the bearings, and the ties,
The strong connexions, nice dependencies,

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