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But soon a wonder came to light,
That showed the rogues they lied:
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When lovely woman stoops to folly,
And finds too late that men betray,
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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.
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Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of mankind is Man.
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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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