glory, jest
[glory, jest, riddle]
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Alexander Pope quotation
glory, jest and riddle of the world


 Know then thyself, presume not God to scan
 The proper study of Mankind is Man.
 Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
 A Being darkly wise, and rudely great:
 With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
 With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,
 He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
 In doubt to deem himself a God, or Beast;
 In doubt his mind and body to prefer;
 Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err;
 Whether he thinks to little, or too much;
 Chaos of Thought and Passion, all confus'd;
 Still by himself, abus'd or disabus'd;
 Created half to rise and half to fall;
 Great Lord of all things, yet a prey to all,
 Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd;
 The glory, jest and riddle of the world.

Alexander Pope   



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