Or tread the mazy round his followers trod,

Or tread the mazy round his followers trod,


What does the above verse mean?

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Are you referring to the line ‘Or tread the mazy round his followers trod’ or do you mean ‘An Essay on Man’?

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Hi Teo,

Don’t quite follow what you mean by ‘verse’ and what you want to know.

Alan

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Or tread the mazy round his followers trod,
I don’t know what the above line means.
What is the subject of tread? What is the subject of trod?
What does the mazy round mean?

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I’d like to know what the quoted “line” mean.

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To trod the mazy tread means to believe in what the Bible says and to accept the ordinary people have no power whatsoever. They are subjected to the fact that there is The Almighty and they can’t influence their lives because God has it all mapped out for them. They need to follow the path (trod) God has created for them and they must not deviate or else they will be punished.

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Or tread the mazy round his followers trod,

How should I parse the above line?

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Behave like sheep who don’t question the way the entire herd behaves.

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What does “the mazy round” mean?

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It’s a metapher describing the irrational decisions most people take since they don’t think for themselves but follow the rules of religion.

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What does “round” mean in the phrase “the mazy round”?

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Here it means path, destiny, road.

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