Reason may rule us in her proper place

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

Work Title
Reason may rule us in her proper place
Metaphor in Context
Unhappy Dighton! had he found a friend,
When conscience told him it was time to mend;
A friend discreet, considerate, kind, sincere,
Who would have shown the grounds of hope and fear,
And proved that spirits, whether high or low,
No certain tokens of man's safety show;
Had Reason ruled him in her proper place,
And Virtue led him while he lean'd on grace;
Had he while zealous been discreet and pure,
His knowledge humble, and his hope secure;--
These guides had placed him on the solid rock,
Where Faith had rested, nor received a shock;
But his, alas! was placed upon the sand,
Where long it stood not, and where none can stand.
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.