Contributions of Physicians to English and American Literature

Contributions of Physicians to English and American Literature

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... View worlds around their flaming centers roll: What steady powers their endless motions guide, Through the same trackless paths of boundless void I trace the blazing comet's fiery trail, And weigh the whirling planets in a scale: These godlike thoughts, while eager I pursue Some glittering trifle offered to my view, A gnat, an insect of the meanest kind, Erase the new-born image from my mind; Some beastly wants, craving importunate, Vile as the grinning mastiff at my gate, Calls off from heavenly truth this reasoning me, And tells me, I'm a brute as much as he. If on sublimer wings of love and praise, My soul above the starry vault I raise, Lured by some vain conceit, or shameful lust, I flag, I drop, and flutter in the dust. The towering lark thus from her lofty strain Stoops to an emmet, or a barley grain. By adverse gusts of jarring instincts tost, I rove to one, now to the other coast: To bliss unknown my lofty soul aspires, My lot unequal to my vast desires. As 'mongst the hinds a child of royal birth Finds his high pedigree by conscious worth; So man, amongst his fellow brutes exposed. Sees he's a king, but 'tis a kind deposed: Pity him, beasts! you by no law confined, Are barr'd from devious paths by being blind; Whilst man, though opening views of various ways. Confounded by the aid of knowledge strays; Too weak to choose, yet choosing still in haste, One moment gives the pleasure and distaste; Bilk'd by past minutes, while the present cloy, The flattering future still must give the joy. Not happy, but amused upon the road, And (like you) thoughtless of his last abode, Whether next sun his being shall restrain To endless nothing, happiness, or pain. Around me, lo, the thinking, thoughtless crew, (Bewildered each) their different...
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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1231090480
  • 9781231090480