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But soon a wonder came to light,
That showed the rogues they lied:
When lovely woman stoops to folly,
And finds too late that men betray,
It is impossible to step into the same river twice.
Then say not Man's imperfect, Heav'n in fault;
Say rather, Man's as perfect as he ought:
In Pride, in reas'ning Pride, our error lies;
All quit their sphere, and rush into the skies.
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of mankind is Man.
Why has not Man a microscopic eye?
For this plain reason, Man is not a Fly.
Know then this truth (enough for man to know)
"Virtue alone is happiness below."
But all subsists by elemental strife;
And Passions are the elements of Life.
Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage,
And beads and prayer-books are the toys of age:
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