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TO THE Reverend Mr. B. Rowe.

'Tis Dangerous to follow the Multitude.

1 ROWE, if we make the Croud our Guide
2 Thro' Life's uncertain Road,
3 Mean is the Chase; and wandering wide
4 We miss th' Immortal Good.
5 Men live at random and by Chance,
6 Bright Reason never leads the Dance;
7 Whilst in the broad and beaten Way
8 O're Hills and Dales from Truth we stray,
9 To Ruin we descend, to Ruin we advance.
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10 Wisdom retires, she hates the Crowd,
11 And with a decent Scorn
12 Aloof she climbs her steepy Seat,
13 Where nor the Grave nor Giddy Feet
14 Of the Learn'd Vulgar or the Rude
15 Have e're a Passage worn.
16 Meer Hazard first began the Track
17 Where Custom leads her Thousands blind
18 In willing Chains and strong;
19 There's not one bold, one noble Mind
20 Dares tread the fatal Error back,
21 But Hand in Hand our selves we bind
22 And drag the Age along.
23 Mortals, a Savage Herd, and loud
24 As Billows on a noisy Flood
25 In rapid order roll:
26 Example makes the Mischief good:
27 With jocund Heel we beat the Road
28 Unheedful of the Goal.
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29 Me let some Friendly Seraph's Wing
30 Snatch from the Crowd, and bear Sublime
31 To Wisdom's lofty Tower,
32 Thence to survey that wretched Thing
33 Mankind; and in Exalted Rhime
34 Bless the delivering Power.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO THE Reverend Mr. B. Rowe.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: address; ode

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Horæ lyricæ: Poems, chiefly of the lyric kind. In two books. ... By I. Watts. London: Printed by S. and D. Bridge, for John Lawrence at the Sign of the Angel in the Poultrey. MDCCVI., 1706, pp. 136-138. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)

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