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First Line: Three diff'rent schemes philosophers assign
Last Line: He only reasons who believes a god.
Subject(s): Philosophy & Philosophers


THREE diff'rent schemes philosophers assign;
A Chance, a Fate, a Providence Divine:
Which to embrace of these three sev'ral views,
Methinks, it is not difficult to choose.

For first, what wisdom, or what sense, to cry,
Things happen as they do—we know not why?
Or how are we advanc'd one jot, to know,
When once things are—that they must needs be so?

To see such order, and yet own no laws;
Feel such effects, and yet confess no cause;
What can be more extravagant and odd?
He only reasons who believes a God.





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