Essai sur l'homme

Voorkant
Institution d'enseignement universel, 1850 - 82 pagina's
 

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Pagina 8 - Lo! the poor Indian, whose untutor'd mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind; His soul proud science never taught to stray Far as the solar walk, or milky way...
Pagina 6 - Pleas'd to the last, he crops the flow'ry food, And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood.
Pagina 76 - Know then this truth (enough for man to know), " Virtue alone is happiness below.' The only point where human bliss stands still, And tastes the good without the fall to ill ; Where only merit constant pay receives, Is...
Pagina 26 - Parts it may ravage, but preserves the whole. On life's vast ocean diversely we sail, Reason the card, but Passion is the gale ; Nor God alone in the still calm we find, He mounts the storm, and walks upon the wind.
Pagina 2 - The latent tracts, the giddy heights explore, Of all who blindly creep, or sightless soar ; Eye Nature's walks, shoot 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.
Pagina 16 - See through this air, this ocean, and this earth, All matter quick, and bursting into birth! Above, how high progressive life may go ! Around, how wide ! how deep extend below ! Vast chain of being! which from God began; Natures...
Pagina 36 - Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law, Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw: Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight, A little louder, but as empty quite: Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage, And beads and prayer-books are the toys of age: Pleased with this bauble still, as that before; Till tired he sleeps, and life's poor play is o'er.
Pagina 74 - Tis but to know how little can be known, To see all others' faults, and feel our own ; Condemn'd in business or in arts to drudge, Without a second, or without a judge. Truths would you teach, or save a sinking land ? All fear, none aid you, and few understand : Painful pre-eminence!
Pagina 16 - Were we to press, inferior might on ours ; Or in the full creation leave a void, Where, one step broken, the great scale's destroy'd : From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, Tenth, or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike. And if each system in gradation roll, Alike essential to th' amazing whole, The least confusion but in one, not all That system only, but the whole must fall.
Pagina 4 - Why form'd no weaker, blinder, and no less? Ask of thy mother earth, why oaks are made Taller or stronger than the weeds they shade? Or ask of yonder argent fields above, Why JOVE'S Satellites are less than JOVE?

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