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Or in the full creation leave a void,
Where, one step broken, the great scale's destroy’d: From nature's chain whatever link
strike, Tenth, or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike,
And, if each system in gradation roll, Alike essential to th’amazing whole,
The least confusion but in one, not all
That system only, but the whole must fall.
Let earth, unbalanc'd, from her orbit fly, Planets and suns run lawless thro' the sky; Let ruling angels from their spheres be hurl'd, Being on being wreck’d, and world on world;
Heay'n's whole foundations to their center nod,
And nature tremble to the throne of God.
All this dread Order break!---for whom? for thee!
Vile worm!---Oh madness! pride! impiety!
9. What if the foot, ordain'd the dust to tread,
Or hand, to toil, aspir'd to be the head?
great directing Mind of All ordains.
Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees,
Lives thro' all life, extends thro' all extent,
Spreads undivided, operates unspent ;
Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part,
As full, as perfect in a hair as heart;
10. Cease then, nor Order imperfection name: Our
proper bliss depends on what we blame. 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 sce:
All discord, harmony not understood;