Let us since Life can little more supply Than just to look about us and to die Expatiate 2 free o'er all this scene of Man; A mighty maze! Together let us beat this ample field, Try what the open, what the covert yield; The latent tracts 3the 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 4 the ways of God to Man. Say first, of God above, or Man below, What can we reason, but from what we know? Of Man what see we, but his station here, From which to reason, or to which refer?
John, Lord Bolingbroke Awake, my St. Say first, of God above, or man below, What can we reason, but from what we know?
Of man what see we, but his station here, From which to reason, or to which refer? Is the great chain, that draws all to agree, And drawn supports, upheld by God, or thee?
Ask of thy mother earth, why oaks are made Taller or stronger than the weeds they shade? Respecting man, whatever wrong we call, May, must be right, as relative to all. If to be perfect in a certain sphere, What matter, soon or late, or here or there?
The blest today is as completely so, As who began a thousand years ago. From brutes what men, from men what spirits know: Or who could suffer being here below? The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed today, Had he thy reason, would he skip and play? Oh blindness to the future! 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: Snatch from his hand the balance and the rod, Rejudge his justice, be the God of God. Pride still is aiming at the blest abodes, Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell, Aspiring to be angels, men rebel: And what created perfect? If the great end be human happiness, Then Nature deviates; and can man do less?
In both, to reason right is to submit.
But ALL subsists by elemental strife; And passions are the elements of life. What would this man? Each beast, each insect, happy in its own:1 AN ESSAY ON MAN Alexander Pope To H. St. John, L. Bolingbroke Pope, Alexander () - Considered the greatest 18th century English poet.
A childhood prodigy, he published his first poetry at. Critical Essays Alexander Pope's Essay on Man Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List The work that more than any other popularized the optimistic philosophy, not only in England but throughout Europe, was Alexander Pope's Essay on Man (), a rationalistic effort to justify the ways of God to man philosophically.
Alexander Pope (21 May – 30 May ) was an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, including Essay on Criticism, The Rape of the Lock and The Dunciad, and for his translation of pfmlures.com is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare.
An Essay on Man is a poem published by Alexander Pope in – It is an effort to rationalize or rather "vindicate the ways of God to man" (l), a variation of John Milton's claim in the opening lines of Paradise Lost, that he will "justify the ways of God to men" ().It is concerned with the natural order God has decreed for man.
Context: The fourth, and last, epistle in Pope's Essay on Man is a discussion of man's happiness and his struggle to achieve it. Man is destined, says Pope, to search for happiness; he calls the. Alexander Pope published An Essay on Man in The poem is divided into four epistles and consists of heroic couplets, which are rhyming lines made up of five iambs.