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The knee to one who served and was dependent?
Hence man's perpetual struggle, night and day,
To prove he was his own proprietor,
And independent of his God, that what

He had might be esteemed his own, and praised
As such. He laboured still and tried to stand
Alone, unpropped, to be obliged to none;
And, in the madness of his pride, he bade
His God farewell, and turned away to be
A god himself; resolving to rely,
Whatever came, upon his own right hand.

O desperate frenzy! madness of the will!

And drunkenness of the heart! that nought could quench

But floods of woe, poured from the sea of wrath,

Behind which mercy set! to think to turn

The back on life original, and live!

The creature to set up a rival throne
In the Creator's realm! to deify

A worm! and in the sight of God be proud!
To lift an arm of flesh against the shafts
Of the Omnipotent, and 'midst His wrath
To seek for happiness!-insanity

Most mad! guilt most complete! See'st thou those worlds

That roll at various distance round the throne

Of God, innumerous, and fill the calm

Of heaven with sweetest harmony, when saints
And angels sleep? As one of these, from love
Centripetal withdrawing, and from light,
And heat, and nourishment cut off, should rush
Abandoned o'er the line that runs between
Create and increate, from ruin driven

To ruin still, through the abortive waste,—
So pride from God drew off the bad; and so
Forsaken of Him, He lets them ever try
Their single arm against the second death;
Amidst vindictive thunders lets them try
The stoutness of their heart, and lets them try
To quench their thirst amidst the unfading fire;
And to reap joy where He has sown despair;
To walk alone, unguided, unbemoaned,
Where Evil dwells, and Death, and moral Night;
In utter emptiness to find enough;

In utter dark find light; and find repose,
Where God with tempest plagues for evermore:
For so they wished it, so did pride desire.

Such was the cause that turned so many off Rebelliously from God, and led them on From vain to vainer still, in endless chase: And such the cause that made so many cheeks Pale, and so many knees to shake, when men Rose from the grave; as thou shalt hear anon.

THE COURSE OF TIME

BOOK III.

ARGUMENT.

Mirror of Truth.-The vain pursuits of man.-Conditions on which true happiness was offered. -Happiness the universal aim.—Philosophy unable to guide men to it.-The Tree of Holiness-Uprooted by the Fall. -The Son of God descended to earth to replant it.-The reason why so few reached it, and so many despised it.-Estimate of happiness in the different stages of life.-Fear alike in hope and in possession.—Many rouds taken and plans tried to attain happiness.-Gold-The Miser.Pleasure-Her enchantments-Her apparent loveliness and inward corruption-Allurements of the Harlot.-Fate of the votaries of Pleasure.-Earthly fame-Pursued as a source of happiness, in different ways by different characters-by the man of science-the poet-the divine -the hind-the fop-the beauty-the usurper—the warrior-the swearer and blasphemer-Other trifling human pursuits described:-The falconer-the hunter-the antiquarian-the naturalist-and the astrologer. -The sceptic or unbeliever,-Reproof and instructions of Wisdom.— Lessons taught by the natural world-by the faithful ministers of Christ-by the Bible-by sacred bards-by the judgments of God.— Men, notwithstanding, rush on to ruin.-The original Curse.—Wisdom, as defined by God, and by the world-by the Bible, and by the multitude-by the learned.-Remorse: Its agonies described.-Disappointment: Sketch of one of its victims—and his happy deliverance.— A Deathbed, and its lessons.-Earth possessed genuine native joys.

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