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" Vast chain of being! which from God began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see, No glass can reach; from infinite to thee, From thee to nothing. "
Human Physiology - Page 33
by Robley Dunglison - 1850
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - Reference - 1992 - 1132 pages
...lives along the line: (Fr. Epistle I) 72 Vast chain of Being, which from God began. Natures aethereal, arn and stack and tree. Farewell to Severn shore. Terence, look your last at me, For I from Infinite to thee. From thee to Nothing! — (Fr. Epistle I) 73 From Nature's chain whatever link...
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Feral Children and Clever Animals: Reflections on Human Nature

Douglas K. Candland - History - 1995 - 411 pages
...us, knowingly or not, as Alexander Pope writes: Vast chain of being! which from God began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see, No glass can reach; from Infinite to thee, From thee to nothing. — From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, Tenth...
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The Norton History of the Environmental Sciences

Peter J. Bowler - Political Science - 1993 - 634 pages
...Alexander Pope wrote in his Essay on Man4: Vast Chain of Being! which from God began. Natures aetherial, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see. No glass can reach; from Infinite to thee. From thee to nothing. - On superior pow'rs Were we to press, inferior might...
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Blake's Prophetic Workshop: A Study of The Four Zoas

G. A. Rosso - Biography & Autobiography - 1993 - 208 pages
...centered by the metaphor of the chain. Vast chain of being, which from God began, Natures aethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect! what no eye can see, No glass can reach! . . . Where, one step broken the great scale's destroy'd: From Nature's chain whatever link you strike,...
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Montaigne: Montaigne's message and method

Dikka Berven - Philosophy - 1995 - 456 pages
...deep extend below! Vast chain of Being! which from God began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, inan, Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see, No glass can reach; from Infinite to thee, From thec to Nothing. — On superior powers Were we to press, inferior might...
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King Lear (MAXNotes Literature Guides)

Corinna Ruth - Study Aids - 2015 - 176 pages
...possible destruction of the natural order. Vast chain of being! which from God began, Natures aethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see,... Where, one step broken, the great scale's destroyed... Shakespeare sets the scene for this disorder...
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Romantic Identities: Varieties of Subjectivity, 1774-1830

Andrea K. Henderson, Andrea Kovacs Henderson, King Edward VII Professor of English Literature Marilyn Butler - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 198 pages
...structure of the Great Chain of Being: Vast chain of Being, which from God began, Natures aethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect! what no eye can see, No glass can reach! from Infinite to thee, From thee to Nothing. - On superior pow'rs Were we to press, inferior might...
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Art in the Social Order: The Making of the Modern Conception of Art

Preben Mortensen - Art - 1997 - 213 pages
...(1733-34) w e have a clear expression of this order: Vast chain of Being! which from God began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see, No glass can reach; from infinite to thee, From thee to Nothing. . . . From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, Tenth...
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La strana creatura del caos: idee e figure del male nel pensiero della modernità

Eugenio Spedicato - Philosophy - 1997 - 181 pages
...vedere la catena che tutto tiene, quella Vast chain of Being, which from God began, Natures aethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect! what no eye can see, No glass can reach! from Infinite to thee, From thee to Nothing! (I, 237-41)". Il mito della «grande catena dell'essere»...
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Common Courtesy in Eighteenth-century English Literature

William Bowman Piper - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 200 pages
...vast chain of being, all of which God supports as one general entity, is composed, Pope asserts, of "angel, man, / Beast, bird, fish, insect! What no eye can see, / No glass can reach," thus acknowledging the subcategories of being in appropriate order. Throughout the poem, he gives a...
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