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EPIS T L E II.
I. NOW then thyself, presume not Goď to scan,
The proper Itudy of Mankind is Man.
disabus'd; Created half to rise, and half to fall ; Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all ;
VER. 2. The proper study, etc.] The poet having shewn, in the first epistle, that the ways of God are too high for our comprehension, rightly draws this conclufion : and metho. dically makes it the subject of his Introduction to the second, which treats of the Nature of Man.
VER, 2. Ed. ift.
The only science of Mankind is Man.
FelfLoveshill stronger, as it Obiect's nigh, Reasons at distance, and in prospect lie;That sees immediate Good by presentSense, a Reason the future, and the Consequence
Ep:on Man Ep J.
Sole judge of Truth, in endless Error hurld:
VER. 22. Correct old Time,] This alludes to Sir Isaac Newton's Grecian Chronology, which he reformed on those two
After ver. 18. In the MS.
For more perfection than this state can bear
Go, foar with Plato to th' empyreal sphere,
30 Superior beings, when of late they faw A mortal Man unfold all Nature's Law, Admir'd such wisdom in an earthly shape, And shew'd a Newton as we fhew an Ape.
Could he, whose rules the rapid Comet bind, 35 Describe or fix one movement of his Mind ? Who saw its fires here rife, and there' descend, Explain his own beginning, or his end ?
sublime conceptions, the difference between the reigns of kings, and the generations of men; and the position of the colures of the equinoxes and folftices at the time of the Ar• gonautic expedition.
VER. 37. Wbo saw its fires bere rise, etc.] Sir Isaac Newton, in calculating the velocity of a Comet's motion, and the course it describes, when it becomes visible in its defcent to, and ascent from the Sun, conjectured, with the
• 35. Ed. first.
Could he, who taught each Planet, where to roll,