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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. On superior... "
Elegant Extracts: A Copious Selection of Instructive, Moral, and ... - Page 37
1817
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An Examination of Mr. Pope's Essay on Man: Tr. from the French of M. Crousaz ...

Jean-Pierre de Crousaz - 1739 - 248 pages
...fuppofe the following Lines are alluded to ; perhaps the Remarker ilrains them a little too much. — In the full Creation leave a Void, Where, one Step broken, the great Scale's deftrirfd: from Nature's Chain whatever Link yauftrike, Tenth f or ten thoufandth, break the- Chain...
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Philosophical Miscellanies on Various Subjects: To which is Prefixed, an ...

Jean-Henri-Samuel Formey - 1759 - 308 pages
...Infinite to Thee^ From Thee to nothing ! on fuperior Pow'rs Were we to prefs, inferior might on ours :. Or in the full Creation leave a Void, Where, one Step broken, the great Scale's ftrike, Tenth, or ten-thoufandth,. breaks the Chain Thefe Millions of fuperior Spirits I reprefent...
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Bell's Edition, Volumes 75-76

John Bell - 1796 - 524 pages
...thee; 240 From thee to nothing. — On superior pow'rs Were we to press, inferior might on ours ; Or in the full creation leave a void, ' Where, one step...destroy'd : From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, 243 Tenth, of ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike. And if each system in gradation roll Alike essential...
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The Edinburgh Review, Volume 111

1860 - 566 pages
...could be permitted to perish without endangering the whole fabric of organisation. So Pope sang : — ' From Nature's chain, whatever link you strike, Tenth or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike.' Manifold subsequent experience has led to a truer appreciation and a more moderate estimate of the...
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The Speaker Or Miscellaneous Pieces Selected from the Best English Writers ...

William Enfield - 1804 - 418 pages
...to thee , From theo to nothing. — On superior pow'rs Were We to press inferior might on ours; Or in the full creation leave a void , "Where, one step...chain alike. And, if each system in gradation roll A like essential to th' amazing "Whole , The least confusion but in one , not all That system only...
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The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope: With His Last Corrections ..., Volume 3

Alexander Pope - 1804 - 232 pages
...thee ; 240 From thee to nothing. — On superior pow'rs Were we to press, inferior might on ours ; Or in the full creation leave a void, Where, one step broken, the great scale's destroy 'd: . From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, 24i Tenth, or ten thousandth, breaks the...
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An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope ...

Joseph Warton - 1806 - 464 pages
...God, than we are from the lowest state of being, and that which approaches nearest to nothing."* l6. From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, Tenth, or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike. f This doctrine is precisely the same with that of the philosophical emperor. J 17. Just as absurd...
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The Poetical Preceptor; Or, A Collection of Select Pieces of Poetry ...

1806 - 408 pages
...to thee, From thee to nothing. — On superior pow'rs Were we to press, inferior might on ours ; Or in the full creation leave a void, Where, one step broken, the great scale's destroyed -. From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, Tenth, or ten thousandth, breaks the chain...
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The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1

Alexander Pope - 1807 - 474 pages
...to thee; From thee to nothing — On superior pow'rs Were we to press, inferior might on ours ; Or in the full creation leave a void, Where, one step...Nature's chain whatever link you strike, Tenth, or ten-thousaudth, breaks the chain alike. And if each system in gradation roll, Alike essential to the'...
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Curiosities of Literature, Volume 2

Isaac Disraeli - 1807 - 606 pages
...I. v. 237, beginning " Vast chain of Being ! which from God began; and proceeds to " From natures's chain whatever link you strike Tenth, or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike." Pope seems to have caught the idea and image from Waller, whose last verse is as fine as any in the...
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