Creation: A Philosophical Poem, in Seven Books

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Страница xv - The incessant attacks of his enemies, whether serious or merry, are never discovered to have disturbed his quiet, or to have lessened his confidence in himself...
Страница 175 - Since, by these various arguments, 'tis clear The teeming mould did not our parents bear; By more severe inquiries, let us trace The origin and source of human race. I think, I move, I therefore know I am; While I have been, I still have been the same, Since, from an infant, I a man became. But though I am, few circling years are gone, Since I in Nature's roll was quite unknown. Then, since 'tis...
Страница 59 - ... the air, ascend; Why do they ever from their height retreat, And why return to seek their central seat? From the same cause, ye sons of art, declare, Can they by turns descend, and rise in air? Prodigious 'tis, that one attractive ray Should this way bend, the next an adverse way; For, should the...
Страница 89 - Jupiter in twelve repeats. Mars three and twenty months revolving spends; The earth in twelve her annual journey ends. Venus, thy race in twice four months is run; For his, Mercurius three demands; the moon Her revolution finishes in one. If all at once are mov'd, and by one spring, Why so unequal is their annual ring > If some, you say, press'd with a ponderous load Of gravity, move slower in their road, Because, with weight encumber'd and oppress'd, These sluggish orbs the' attractive sun resist;...
Страница xvi - Creation has, however, the appearance of more circumspection ; it wants neither harmony of numbers, accuracy of thought, nor elegance of diction : it has either been written with great care, or, what cannot be imagined of so loug a work, with such felicity as made care less necessary.
Страница 195 - Receive its dart, and hug it in thy breast; From fair to fair with gay inconstance rove, Taste every sweet, and cloy thy soul with love. But midst thy boundless joys, unbridled youth! Remember still this sad, but certain truth, That thou at last severely must account; To what will thy congested guilt amount! Allow a God; he must our deeds regard; A righteous Judge must punish and reward: Yet that he rears no high tribunal here, Impartial justice to dispense, is clear. His sword unpunish'd criminals...
Страница 167 - By this man's chance, or that man's fate, as blind; If still mechanic, necessary laws Of moving matter must all beings cause; If artful works from a brute cause result, From springs unknown, and qualities occult; With schemes alike absurd our reason you insult. And now, to finish this less pleasant task, Of our renown'd philosopher we ask, How was the earth...
Страница 140 - Between the distant orbs and worlds divided lie ; Ether and air would claim the highest place, The stars and planets would the earth embrace As now the ocean floats upon its face. In vain you labour by mechanic rules, In vain exhaust the reason of your schools, These questions to resolve, and to explain How separate worlds were made, and separate still remain.
Страница 58 - All beings, found upon his ample face, "Would, by that motion dissipated, fly Whirl'd from the globe, and scatter through the sky; They must, obedient to mechanic laws, Assemble where the stronger magnet draws ; "Whether the sun that stronger magnet proves, Or else some planet's orb that nearer moves. Who can unfold the cause that does recal Magnetic rays, and make them backward fall? If these effluvia, which do upward tend, Because less heavy than the air, ascend; Why do they ever from their height...
Страница 107 - Wild brambles only, and the noxious weed, Did not industrious man, with endless toil, Extort his food from the reluctant soil; Did not the farmer's steel the furrow wound, And harrows tear the harvest from the ground., The earth would no spontaneous fruits afford To man, her vain imaginary lord.

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