Please help me summarize this passage from Thomas Parnell.
- Go, rule thy Will,
Bid thy wild passion all be still
Know God – and bring thy heart to know
The Joys which from Religion flow.
Alexander Pope comments on writers and critics and their inability to use skill or lack of it in his usual scathing fashion. He could use the most polite words with the most cutting effect. In these few lines he finds little difference between the writer or aspiring writer and the supposdly learned man of letters who is posing as his critic and botching the literary scene with his crticism.
Thomas Parnell is speaking to his reader and asks, almost commands him to bring his own selfish will and deep dark desires under control. On the other hand Parnell advocates that the reader make every effort to know God and in doing so find the joy that can be found only there.