Excerpt from Dr. Newfield's Vision: With Other Tales and Essays
Of Views he had no end - all somewhat muddy. And gave himself to philosophic study; Not the Philosophy of Saintly Schools. Of Suarez. Viva and Aquinas blest, Bellarmine, De Logo, and the rest: (at that grand threshold modern ardour cools.) Not the Philosophy of Hebrew Prophet Or great St. Paul; no, he knew nothing of it, Nor was his gush particularly great o ver that of Aristotle or of Plato. 'twas modern magnates he profess'd to conn; He made the latest novelty his own: True to his name. On exploration bent. It was to each New Field the Doctor wont, And on these lines, of course, to worse from bad He quickly fell. What little faith he had Went all to pieces on the ready rocks Of self-conceit and love of paradox. Of Kant and Lessing he devour'd the pages, Of Spencer and our other Modern Sages; Endorsed the fallacies of one and all Froa keen Voltaire to ribald Ingersoll; Swallow'd monstrosities without a spasm, And claim'd descent from Ape and Protoplasm.
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