An Essay on Man: In Four Epistles to H. St. John, Lord Bolingbroke : to which is Added, The Universal Prayer

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Silas Andrus, 1832 - 67 pages
 

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Page 47 - The only point where human bliss stands still, And tastes the good without the fall to ill ; Where only merit constant pay receives, Is...
Page 17 - Lives through all life, extends through all extent, Spreads undivided, operates unspent : Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part, As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart; As full, as perfect, in vile man that mourns, As the rapt seraph that adores and burns : To him no high, no low, no great, no small ; He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all.
Page 22 - As man, perhaps, the moment of his breath Receives the lurking principle of death; The young disease, that must subdue at length, Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength; So, cast and mingled with his very frame.
Page 52 - 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.
Page 49 - God loves from whole to parts: but human soul Must rise from individual to the whole. Self-love but serves the virtuous mind to wake, As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake; The centre moved, a circle straight succeeds, Another still, and still another spreads; Friend, parent, neighbour, first it will embrace; His country next; and next all human race...
Page 11 - Hope humbly then ; with trembling pinions soar ; Wait the great teacher, Death ; and God adore. What future bliss, He gives not thee to know, But gives that hope to be thy blessing now. Hope springs eternal in the human breast : Man never Is, but always To be blest : The soul, uneasy and confined from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
Page 37 - In Faith and Hope the world will disagree; But all Mankind's concern is Charity: All must be false that thwart this one great end ; And all of God, that bless Mankind, or mend. Man, like the gen'rous vine supported lives; The strength he gains is from th
Page 43 - Go, like the Indian, in another life Expect thy dog, thy bottle, and thy wife ; As well as dream such trifles are assign'd, As toys and empires, for a godlike mind : Rewards, that either would to virtue bring No joy, or be destructive of the thing : How oft...
Page 54 - Hark! they whisper; Angels say, Sister Spirit, come away. What is this absorbs me quite? Steals my senses, shuts my sight, Drowns my spirits, draws my breath?
Page 52 - Teach me to feel another's woe, To hide the fault I see; That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.

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