Sublime Philosophy! Thou art the patriarchs ladder, reaching heaven; And bright with beckoning angelsbut alas! We see thee, like the patriarch, but in dreams, By the first step,dull slumbering on the earth. Bulwer-LyttonRichelieu. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 4.
O vitæ philosophia dux! O virtutis indagatrix, expultrixque vitiorum! Quid non modo nos, sed omnino vita hominum sine et esse potuisset? Tu urbes peperisti; tu dissipatos homines in societatum vitæ convocasti. O philosophy, lifes guide! O searcher-out of virtue and expeller of vices! What could we and every age of men have been without thee? Thou hast produced cities; thou hast called men scattered about into the social enjoyment of life. CiceroTusc. Quæst. Bk. V. 2. 5.
How charming is divine philosophy! Not harsh, and crabbed, as dull fools suppose, But musical as is Apollos lute, And a perpetual feast of nectard sweets, Where no crude surfeit reigns. MiltonMask of Comus. L. 476.