"Sense! take the rein; blind Passion! drive us on; / And, Ignorance! befriend us on our way; / Ye new, but truest patrons of our peace! Yes; give the Pulse full empire; live the Brute, / Since as the Brute we die."
— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)
"Imply reward. Religion is mistake.
"Duty!--There's none, but to repel the cheat.
"Ye cheats, away! ye daughters of my Pride!
"Who feign yourselves the favourites of the Skies:
"Ye towering hopes, abortive energies!
"That toss and struggle in my lying breast,
"To scale the skies, and build presumptions there,
"As I were heir of an eternity.
"Vain, vain ambitions! trouble me no more.
"Why travel far in quest of sure defeat?
"As bounded as my being, be my wish.
"All is inverted, Wisdom is a fool.
"Sense! take the rein; blind Passion! drive us on;
"And, Ignorance! befriend us on our way;
"Ye new, but truest patrons of our peace!
"Yes; give the Pulse full empire; live the Brute,
"Since as the Brute we die. The sum of man,
"Of godlike man, to revel and to rot!
(ll. 716-734, p. 197 in CUP edition)
Edward Young, Night the Seventh. Being the Second Part of the Infidel Reclaimed. Containing the Nature, Proof, and Importance, of Immortality. (London: Printed for G. Hawkins, 1744).
Text from The Complete Works, Poetry and Prose, of the Rev. Edward Young, LL.D., 2 vols. (London: William Tegg, 1854). <Link to Google Books>
Reading Edward Young, Night Thoughts, ed. Stephen Cornford (New York: Cambridge UP, 1989).