Providence. Solitude. Paradise. an Aeolian Ode

Providence. Solitude. Paradise. an Aeolian Ode

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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. 1769 edition. Excerpt: ...we shall find his follower Cicero, equally uncertain and fluctuating in his opinions. Me vero delectat, (fays he, speaking of a future state of existence) deinde etiam si non sit, mihi tamen persuaderi velim. One of his speakers in the beautiful Dialogue on Death, fays very ingenuously, upon being asked whether he had read Plato's Phaedon; that he knows not how it is; when he read the book, he assented to the reasoning, but when he laid it aside, his doubts returned, Tujcul. Quasi, lib. iThe fame author informs us, that the celebrated Theophrastus complained on his death-bed, that Nature had capriciously bestowed a long life upon Crows and Fawns, to whom it can be of no advantage; and had made Man so short-lived, to whom a longer series of years would have been so highly beneficial, for compleating his researches. Quserebatur igitur si cum ilia videre caepiffet, extingui, Id. lib. iii. We might confirm this remark by many other examples of this kind; if these would not swell the note to too much length. It is sufficient to observe from the whole, the propriety with which it is said in the Sacred Writings, that Life and Immortality are brought to Light by the Gospel. The "One Sage alone, with philosophic eye "Look'd thro' the gloom, and spied the ruling hand "Of Wisdom in her works but from his sight 1020 "The Vision vanish'd; to his lips divine, "By Superstition held, the poison'd draught Crack'd Life's weak strings, and sent th' unprison'd mind, "Half-clear'd, to know the truth his mind explored." Here Reason fails; his flagging wing demands 1025 Superior aid to raise his loosen'd plumes; To form them to the flight. He marks afar, Superior aid descending; and submiss Marks the long path where more

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  • English
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