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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Kosmos
By Parmenides (fl. early Fifth Century B.C.)
 
Translation of Thomas Davidson

THEN thou shalt know the ethereal nature and each of its tokens—
Each of the signs in the ether, and all the invisible workings
Wrought by the blemishless sun’s pure lamp, and whence they have risen;
Then thou shalt hear of the orb-eyed moon’s circumambient workings,
And of her nature, and likewise discern the heaven that surrounds them,        5
Whence it arose, and how by her sway Necessity bound it
Firm, to encircle the bounds of the stars.
 
 
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