This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... "The forces and necessity grow God, -- "The beings so contrarious that seemed gods, "Prove just His operation manifold ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... "The forces and necessity grow God, -- "The beings so contrarious that seemed gods, "Prove just His operation manifold "And multiform, translated, as must be, "Into intelligible shape so far 1770 "As suits our sense and sets us free to feel: "What if I let a child think, childhood-long, "That lightning, I would have him spare his eye, "Is a real arrow shot at naked orb? 1774 "The man knows more, but shuts his lids the same: "Lightning's cause comprehends nor man nor child. "Why then, my scheme, your better knowledge broke, "Presently re-adjusts itself, the small "Proportioned largelier, parts and whole named new: "So much, no more two thousand years have done! "Pope, dost thou dare pretend to punish me, 1781 "For not descrying sunshine at midnight, "Me who crept all-fours, found my way so far-- "While thou rewardest teachers of the truth, "Who miss the plain way in the blaze of noon, -- 1785 "Though just a word from that strong style of mine, "Grasped honestly in hand as guiding-staif, "Had pricked them a sure path across the bog, "That mire of cowardice and slush of lies "Wherein I find them wallow in wide day?" 1790 How should I answer this Euripides? Paul, --'t is a legend, --answered Seneca, But that was in the day-spring; noon is now We have got too familiar with the light. Shall I wish back once more that thrill of dawn? 1795 When the whole truth-touched man burned up, one fire? --Assured the trial, fiery, fierce, but fleet, Would, from his little heap of ashes, lend Wings to that conflagration of the world Which Christ awaits ere He makes all things new-- So should the frail become the perfect, rapt 1801 From glory of pain to glory of joy; and so, Even in the end, --the act renouncing earth, Lands, houses, husbands, wives and children...Read Less
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