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Grindon | Lancashire

Grindon
"know then thyself, presume not god to scan; 
the proper study of mankind is man. 
plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state, 
a being darkly wise, and rudely great: 
with too much knowledge for the sceptic side, 
with too much weakness for the stoic's pride, 
he hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest; 
in doubt to deem himself a god, or beast; 
in doubt his mind or body to prefer; 
born but to die, and reas'ning but to err; 
alike in ignorance, his reason such, 
whether he thinks too little, or too much: 
chaos of thought and passion, all confus'd; 
still by himself abus'd, or disabus'd; 
created half to rise, and half to fall; 
great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd:
the glory, jest, and riddle of the world!  

know thy own point: this kind, this due degree 
of blindness, weakness, heav'n bestows on thee. 
submit.—in this, or any other sphere, 
secure to be as blest as thou canst bear: 
safe in the hand of one disposing pow'r, 
or in the natal, or the mortal hour. 
all nature is but art, unknown to thee; 
all chance, direction, which thou canst not see; 
all discord, harmony, not understood; 
all partial evil, universal good: 
and, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite,
one truth is clear,
whatever is, is right." 

 

 from "an essay on man" by alexander pope, 1734.

 

 

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