The Head of Man Compared to a Church


The head of man’s a church, where reason preaches,
Directs the life, and every thought it teaches,
Persuades the mind to live in peace and quiet,
And not in fruitless contemplation’s2 riot.
“For why,” says Reason, “you shall damnèd be                 5
From all content, for curiosity;3
To seek about for what4 you cannot find
Will5 be a torment to a restless mind.”

  1. The Head of Man Compared to a Church] Of the Head. 1653
  2. contemplation’s] Contemplation 1653
  3. curiosity;] your Curiosity. 1653
  4. what] that 1653
  5. Will] Shall 1653