In Pride, In Reasoning Pride, Our Error Lies; All Quit Their Sphere, And Rush Into The Skies.

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In pride, in reasoning pride, our error lies;
All quit their sphere, and rush into the skies.
Pride still is aiming at the blest abodes:
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell,
Aspiring to be angels, men rebel.
-- Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
-- Essay on Man, Epistle i, Line 123