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Essay on Man by Alexander Pope
Essay on Man
Alexander Pope THE DESIGN
HAVING PROPOSED TO WRITE some pieces on human life and manners, such as (to use my lord Bacon’s expression) came home to men’s business and bosoms, I thought it more satis factory to begin with considering Man in the abstract, his nature and his state; since, to prove any moral duty to enforce any moral precept, or to , examine the perfection or imper fection of any creature whatsoever, it is neces sary first to know what condition and relation it is placed in, and what is the proper end and purpose of its being. The science of human nature is, like all other sciences, reduced to a few clear points: there are 3
not many certain truths in this world. It is therefore in the anatomy of the mind as in that of the body; more good will accrue to mankind by attending to the large, open, and perceptible parts, than by studying too much such finer nerves and vessels, the...