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Essay on Man : Piece IV

   This light and darkness in our chaos joined,
What shall divide?  The God within the mind.
   Extremes in nature equal ends produce,
In man they join to some mysterious use;
Though each by turns the other’s bound invade,
As, in some well-wrought picture, light and shade,
And oft so mix, the difference is too nice
Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.
   Fools! who from hence into the notion fall,
That vice or virtue there is none at all.
If white and black blend, soften, and unite
A thousand ways, is there no black or white?
Ask your own heart, and nothing is so plain;
’Tis to mistake them, costs the time and pain.

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"If he's honest, he'll steal; if he's human, he'll murder; if he's faithful, he'll deceive. Being at a loss to resolve these questions, I am resolved to leave them without any resolution." I have so much to say to you that I am afraid I shall tell you nothing."

One thought on “Essay on Man : Piece IV

  1. The music with these words go quite nicely together. Very distant, but still carrying great expression of emotion within them. There is a sense of forlorn tragic beauty in them both.

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