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Reason, however able, cool at best,
85 Cares not for service, or but ferves when prest, Stays ’till we call, and then not often near ; But honest Instinct comes a volunteer, Sure never to o'er-shoot, but just to hit ; While ftill too wide or short is human Wit;
90 Sure by quick Nature happiness to gain, Which heavier Reason labours at in vain. This too ferves always, Reason never long; One must go right, the other may go wrong. See then the acting and comparing pow'rs 95 One in their nature, which are two in ours; And Reason fise o'er Instinct as you can, In this 'tis God directs, in that 'tis Man.
Who taught the nations of the field and wood To fhun their poison, and to chuse their food ? 100 Prescient, the tides or tempefts to withstand, Build on the wave, or arch beneath the sand ? Who made the fpider parallels design, Sure as De-moivre, without rule or line? Who bid the stork, Columbus-like, explore 105 Heav'ns not his own, and worlds unknown before?
those who were ftruck by and the particular favourites lightning as facred persons, of Heaven. P.
Who calls the council, states the certain day,
III. God, in the nature of each being, founds
130 A longer care Man's helpless kind demands; That longer care contracts more lasting bands :
Reflection, Reason, still the ties improve,
NOTES. Ver. 152. Man walkd given above. Plato had said with beal, joint tenant of from old tradition,' that, the made ;] The poet ftill during the Golden age, and takes his imagery from Pla- under the reign of Saturn, tonic ideas, for the reason the primitive language then
The same his table, and the same his bed ;
See him from Nature rising flow to Art! To copy Instinct then was Reason's part; 170
NOTES. in use was common to man , ages, Men used inarticulate and beasts. Moral philofo. sounds like beasts to express phers took this in the po- their wants and sensations ; pular sense, and so invented and that it was by flow dethose fables which give grees they came to the use speech to the whole brute of speech. This opinion creation. The Naturalists was afterwards held by Lui understood the tradition to cretius, Diodorus Sic. and fignify, that, in the first Gregory of Nyl.
Thus then to Man the voice of Nature (pake « Go, from the Creatures thy instructions take: “ Learn from the birds what food the thickets yield; • Learn from the beasts the physic of the field; 56 Thy arts of building from the bee receive; 175 « Learn of the mole to plow, the worm to weave; • Learn of the little Nautilus to fail, “ Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale. “ Here too all forms of social union find, 16 And hence let Reason, late, inftruct Mankind:
VER. 173. Learn from of healing, by their own the birds, &c.] It is a com- practice. mon practice amongst Na Ver. 177. Learn of the vigators, when thrown upon little Nautilus ). Oppian. a desert coast,--and in want Halieut. lib. i. describes this of refreshments, to observe fish in the following manner: what fruits have been touch They swim on the sured by the Birds : and to “ face of the sea, on the venture on these without “ back of their hells, further hesitation.
“ which exactly resemble Ver. 174. Learn from
" the hulk of a ship; they the beasts, &c.) See Pliny's “ raise two feet like mafts, Nat. Hift. l. viii. c. 27.
" and extend a membrane where several instances are « between, which serves as given of Animals discover. a fail; the other two ing the medicinal efficacy of “ feet they employ as oars herbs, by their own use of " at the side. They are them; and pointing out to “ usually feen in the Medifome operations in the art terranean." P.