Durovernum, with Other Poems, by Arthur Brooke

Durovernum, with Other Poems, by Arthur Brooke

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...Claims the Belly Part. Moore's Almanack. Malebranche, and Lock, and such grave fellows, Who were abstracted reasoners, tell us Much that relates to Man: --when you have read All these Philosophers have said, You'll give them credit for their perspicacity;--And, after that, (if you should have a head Of no great ontological capacity) You'll know as much, About the matter, as I know of Dutch: For, when a metaphysick chain Once gets entangled in your brain, The more you rattle it, the more you rave, And curse, and swear, and misbehave, --Coming to no conclusion; And if, at last, you lose the smallest link, You may as well go whistle as go think Of mending the confusion. Then, leaving Spiritual Truths to those Who, taking pleasure in the study, O'er Thoughts on Human Understanding doze, Till human understanding grows quite muddy;--One proposition, only, I advance, (It will not lead Philosophy a dance) Respecting Man;--videlicet, I never met with any, yet, However thick his pericranium's density, --Let it be thicker than a post, --Who has not some astonishing propensity, Of which he makes a pother, and a boast. He'll either tell you he can drink, or smoke, Or play at Whist, --or on the pipe and tabor, --Or cut a throat, a caper, or a joke, Much better than his neighbour. Many will say, they'll settle you the Nation; And make a Peace, --solid, and good, --(I wish they would!) Sooner than the Administration. One tells you how a Town is to be taken; A second o'er the Fair Sex boasts his power; Another brags he'll eat six pounds of bacon, For half a crown, in half an hour. Thus Nature always brings, in Fortune's spite, Man's "ruling passion," as Pope says, to light. And I maintain that all these Ruling Passions, Divide them how you will, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236499263
  • 9781236499264