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Of universal nature, as a speck,
Yet why drown fancy in such depths as these? Return, presumptuous rover ! and confess The bounds of man; nor blame them, as too small. 1615 Enjoy we not full scope in what is seen? Full ample the dominions of the sun! Full glorious to behold! how far, how wide, The matchless monarch, from his flaming throne, Lavish of lustre, throws his beams about him, 1620 Farther, and faster, than a thought can fly, And feeds his planets with eternal fires ! This Heliopolis, by greater far, Than the proud tyrant of the Nile, was built j And He alone, who built it, can destroy. Beyond this city, why strays human thought ? One wonderful, enough for man to know!
One infinite ! enough for man to range!
Lorenzo's admiration, pre-engag’d, Ne'er ask'd the moon one question; never held 1645 Least correspondence with a single star; Ne'er rear'd an altar to the queen of heaven Walking in brightness; or her train ador'd, Their sublunary rivals have long since Engross’d his whole devotion ; fars malign, 1650 Which made the fond astronomer run mad; Darken his intelle&t, corrupt his heart; Cause him to facrifice his fame and peace. To momentary madness, call’d delight, Idolater, more gross than ever kiss’d. The lifted hand to Luna, or pour'd out The blood to Jove - Thau, to whom belongs
All facrifice ! 0 Thou Great Jove unfeign'd!
166.5 A language, lofty to the learn'd: yet plain To those that feed the flock, or guide the piough, Or, from his hulk, strike out the bounding grain. A language, worthy the Great Mind, that speaks! Preface, and comment, to the sacred page!. 1670 Which oft refers its reader to the skies,. As pre-supposing his first lesson there, And scripture self a fragment, that unreada Stupendous book of wisdom, to the wise ! Stupendous book! and open'd, Night! by Thee.. 1675
By Thee much open'd, I confess, O Night ! Yet more I wish; but how shall I prevail ? Say, gentle Night! whose modest, maiden beams Give us a new creation, and present The world's great picture soften'd to the fight;. 1680 Nay, kinder far, far more indulgent (till, Say, thou, whose mild dominion's filver key: Unlocks our hemisphere, and sets to view Worlds beyond number ; worlds conceal'd by dayBehind the proud, and envious star of noon! 1689 Canst thou not draw a deeper scene ? -And thew The Mighty Potentate, to whom belong
These rich regalia pompously display'd
I wake; and, waking, climb night's radiant scale, 1710
1715 From earth, as from my barrier, I set out. How swift I mount! diminish'd earth recedes;
I pass the moon; and, from her farther side,
1735 'Tis but the threshold of the Deity; Or, far beneath it, I am groveling still. Nor is it strange; I built on a mistake; The grandeur of his works, whence folly sought For aid, to reason fets his glory higher;
1740 Who built thus high for worms (mere worms to Him) O where, Lorenzo! must the Builder dwell?
Pause, then ; and, for a moment, here respire If human thought can keep its station here. Where am I?-Where is earth?—Nay, where art Thou, O sun ? --Is the fun turn'd recluse ?--And are His boasted expeditions thort to mine ?