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The ATHEIST and the ACORN.

1 MEthinks this World is oddly made,
2 And ev'ry thing's amiss,
3 A dull presuming Atheist said,
4 As stretch'd he lay beneath a Shade;
5 And instanced in this:
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6 Behold, quoth he, that mighty thing,
7 A Pumpkin, large and round,
8 Is held but by a little String,
9 Which upwards cannot make it spring,
10 Or bear it from the Ground.
11 Whilst on this Oak, a Fruit so small,
12 So disproportion'd, grows;
13 That, who with Sence surveys this All,
14 This universal Casual Ball,
15 Its ill Contrivance knows.
16 My better Judgment wou'd have hung
17 That Weight upon a Tree,
18 And left this Mast, thus slightly strung,
19 'Mongst things which on the Surface sprung,
20 And small and feeble be.
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21 No more the Caviller cou'd say,
22 Nor farther Faults descry;
23 For, as he upwards gazing lay,
24 An Acorn, loosen'd from the Stay,
25 Fell down upon his Eye.
26 Th' offended Part with Tears ran o'er,
27 As punish'd for the Sin:
28 Fool! had that Bough a Pumpkin bore,
29 Thy Whimseys must have work'd no more,
30 Nor Scull had kept them in.

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Title (in Source Edition): The ATHEIST and the ACORN.
Themes: religion
Genres: fable
References: DMI 23850

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Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 202-204. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000)

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