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L0019895 An Abridgment of Mr Pope's Essay on Man

L0019895 An Abridgment of Mr Pope’s Essay on Man Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images ‘An Abridgment of Mr Pope’s Essay on Man’ Engraving 1769 By: Valentine Greenafter: Valentine GreenPublished: – Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Go, wond’rous creature! mount where Science guides,
Go, measure earth, weigh air, and state the tides;
Instruct the planets in what orbs to run,
Correct old Time, and regulate the Sun;
Go, soar with Plato to th’ empyreal sphere,
To the first good, first perfect, and first fair;
Or tread the mazy round his follow’rs trod,
And quitting sense call imitating God;
As Eastern priests in giddy circles run,
And turn their heads to imitate the Sun.
Go, teach Eternal Wisdom how to rule—
Then drop into thyself, and be a fool![9]






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