Order is Heaven’s First Law

Order is Heaven’s first law; and this confest,

Some are, and must be, greater than the rest,

More rich, more wise; but who infers from hence

That such are happier, shocks all common sense.

Heaven to mankind impartial we confess,

If all are equal in their happiness:

But mutual wants this happiness increase;

All Nature’s difference keeps all Nature’s peace.

Condition, circumstance is not the thing;

Bliss is the same in subject or in king,

In who obtain defence, or who defend,

In him who is, or him who finds a friend:

Heaven breathes through every member of the whole

One common blessing, as one common soul.

But fortune’s gifts if each alike possessed,

And each were equal, must not all contest?

If then to all men happiness was meant,

God in externals could not place content.

An Essay on Man: Epistle IV, Alexander Pope

(The photograph is by Fra Lawrence Lew, OP.)


Leave a comment

Filed under Poems

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s