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Poems

On the uniformity and perfection of nature

On one fixed point all Nature moves,
Nor deviates from the track she loves;
Her system, drawn from Reason's source,
She scorns to change her wonted course.

Could she descend from that great plan
To work unusual things for man,
To suit the insect of an hour--
This would betray a want of power,

Unsettled in its first design
And erring, when it did combine
The parts that form the vast machine,
The figures sketch'd on Nature's scene,

Perfections of the great first cause
Submit to no contracted laws,
But all-sufficient, all-supreme,
Include no trivial views in them.

Who looks through Nature with an eye
That would the scheme of heaven descry,
Observes her constant, still the same,
In all her laws, through all her frame.

No imperfections can be found
In all that is, above, around,--
All, Nature made, in Reason's sight
Is order all, and all is right.

1815