Mercy Otis Warren. "A Thought on the Inestimable Blessing of Reason"

  1. What are some adjectives used to describe reason?
  2. Why has God endowed man with reason?
  3. How is man to use his reason?
  4. How are the following lines associated with Alexander Pope's poem?
  5. "That thus to angels we're allied, 
    Distinguish'd thus in the great chain,
    Nor left the least in thy domain."
  6. These lines explain what might happen if God decides to take away reason from man.
  7. "Yet should'st thou but a moment frown, 
    Or wink this boasted reason down, 
    'Twould level proud imperious man 
    With the least worm in nature's plan."
  8. What does the poet implore God to do?
  9. "Then humbly will I Thee implore, 
    Whom worlds of rationals adore, 
    That thou this taper should preserve,"
  10. What does the poet want rason to do for her?
  11. "From reason's laws let me ne'er swerve, 
    But calmly, mistress of my mind, 
    A friend to virtue and mankind, 
    Oh! gently lead me on to peace,"
  12. Here the poet states her relationship to reason as she ages.
  13. "May years the heavenly gleam increase, 
    Nor waste beneath the frown of age 
    As I tread down time's narrow stage, 
    But brighter burn as life decays, 
    More fit to join the heavenly lays."
  14. Here the author states what she wants to happen to reason after she dies.
  15. "And when the tenement shall fall, 
    When broken down this feeble wall, 
    Then may the glad enlighten'd soul 
    Freed from these clogs, this dull control, 
    Expand her wings, shake off her load, 
    And rise to glorify her God."