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Proper Ingredients to make a Sceptic.

1 WOULD you, my Friend, a finish'd Sceptic make,
2 To form his Nature, these Materials take:
3 A little Learning; twenty Grains of Sense,
4 Join'd with a double Share of Ignorance;
5 Infuse a little Wit into the Scull,
6 Which never fails to make a mighty Fool;
7 Two Drams of Faith; a Tun of Doubting next;
8 Let all be with the Dregs of Reason mixt:
9 When in his Mind, these jarring Seeds are sown,
10 He'll censure all Things, but approve of none.


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Title (in Source Edition): Proper Ingredients to make a Sceptic.
Author: Stephen Duck
Themes: wit
Genres: heroic couplet; satire

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Duck, Stephen, 1705-1756. Poems on several occasions: By Stephen Duck. London: printed for the author, 1736, p. 157. xl,334,[2]p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T90234; OTA K073280.000)

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