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Which sees no more the stroke, nor feels the pain,
Than favour'd man, by touch ethereal slain.
The creature had his feast of life before;
Thou too must perish, when thy feast is o'er'

To each unthinking being, heav'n a friend,
Gives not the useless knowledge of its end;
To man imparts it ; but with such a view,
As, while he dreads it, makes him hope it too;
The hour conceal’d, and so remote the fear,
Death still draws nearer, never seeming near.
Great standing miracle, that heav'n assign'd
Its only thinking thing this turn of mind.

II. Whether with reason, or with instinct blest;

Know, all enjoy that power which suits them best :"

To bliss alike by that direction tend,
And find the means proportion'd to their end.
Say, where full instinct is th’unerring guide,
What pope or counsel can they need beside:
Reason, however able, cool at best,
Cares not for service, or but serves when prest;
Stays till we call, and then not often near;
But honest instinct comes a volunteer,
Sure never to o’ershoot, but just to hit;
While still too wide or short is human wit;
Sure by quick nature happiness to gain,
Which heavier reason labours at in vain.
This too serves always, reason never long;
One must go right, the other may go wrong.

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' see then the acting and comparing powers, 95
One in their nature, which are two in ours;
And reason raise 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 shun their poison, and to choose their food 100 Prescient, the tides or tempests to withstand, Build on the wave, or arch beneath the sand Who made the spider parallels design, Sure as D’Moivre, without rule or line Who bid the stork, Columbus like, explore 105 Heav’ns not his own, and worlds unknown before ? Who calls the council, states the certain day, Who forms the phalanx, and who points the way

III. God, in the nature of each being, founds Its proper bliss, and sets its proper bounds: 110 But as he fram’d a whole, the whole to bless, On mutual wants built mutual happiness: So from the first, eternal or pen ran, And creature link’d to creature, man to man. Whate’er of life all quick’ning ather keeps, 115 Or breathes thro' air, or shoots beneath the deeps, Or pours profuse on earth, one nature feeds The vital flame, and swells the genial seeds. | Not man alone, but all that roam the wood, Or wing the sky, or roll along the flood, 120 Each loves itself, but not itself alone, Each sex desires alike, till two are one.

Nor ends the pleasure with the fierce embrace : They love themselves, a third time, in their race. Thus beast and bird their common charge attend, 125 The mothers nurse it, and the sires defend; The young dismiss'd to wander earth or air, There stops the instinct, and there ends the care; The link dissolves, each seeks a fresh embrace, Another love succeeds, another race. 130 A longer care man’s helpless kind demands: That longer care contracts more lasting bands; Reflection, reason, still the ties improve, At once extend the interest and the love : With choice we fix, with sympathy we burn: 135 Each virtue in each passion takes its turn; And still new needs, new helps, new habits rise, That graft benevolence on charities. Still as one brood, and as another rose These natural love maintain'd, habitual those; 140 The last, scarce ripen'd into perfect man, Saw helpless him from whom their life began: Memory and fore-cast, just returns engage, That pointed back to youth, this on to age: While pleasure, gratitude, and hope, combin’d 145 Still spread the interest, and preserv’d the kind.

IV. Northink, in nature's state they blindly trod; The state of nature was the reign of God; . Self-love and social at her birth began, l Union the bond of all things, and of man. 150

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Pride then was not—nor arts, that pride to aid :
Man walk’d with beast, joint tenant of the shade ;
The same his table, and the same his bed:
No murder cloth’d him, and no murder fed.
In the same temple, the resounding wood, 155
All vocal beings hymn'd their equal God;
The shrine with gore unstain'd, with gold undrest,
Unbrib'd, unbloody, stood the blameless priest;
Heaven’s attribute was universal care,
And man’s prerogative to rule, but spare. 160
Ah! how unlike the man of times to come!
Of half that live, the butcher and the tomb;
Who, foe to nature, hears the general groan,
Murders their species, and betrays his own.
But just disease to luxury succeeds; 165
And every death its own avenger breeds;
The fury passions from that blood began,
And turn’d on man a fiercer savage, man.

See him from nature rising slow to art! To copy instinct then was reason's part; 170 Thus then to man the voice of nature spake, “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; 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 sail, ; Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.

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Here too, all forms of social union find.
And hence let reason, late instruct mankind 180
Here, subterranean works and cities see :
There, towns acrial on the waving tree,
Learn each small people’s genius, policies,
The art’s republic, and the realm of bees;
How those in common all their wealth bestow, 35
And anarchy without confusion know ;
And these forever, though a monarch reign,
Their separate cells and properties maintain.
Mark what unvaried laws preserve each state,
Laws wise as nature, and as fix’d as fate. 190
In vain thy reason finer webs shall draw,
Entangle justice in her net of law,
And right, too rigid, harden into wrong;
Still for the strong too weak, the weak too strong.
Yet go and thus o'er all the creatures sway, 195
Thus let the wiser make the rest obey:
And for those arts mere instinct could afford,
Be crown'd as monarchs, or as Gods ador’d.”

V. Great Nature spoke—observant man obey'd; Cities were built—societies were made : 200 Here rose one little state; another near Grew by like means, and joined, thro' love or fear. Did here the trees with ruddier burdens bend, And there the streams in purer rills descend ?

hat war could ravish, commerce could bestow, 205 And he return’d a friend, who came a foe.

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