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Du Bartas, His Divine Weeks and Works (excerpt)

Joshua Sylvester 1563 (England) – 1618


  But ev'n as many (or more) quarrels cumber

  Th' old heathen schools about the heavens' number.

  One holds but one; making the world's eyes shine

  Through the thin-thickness of that chrystal line,

  (As through the ocean's clear and liquid flood

  The slippery fishes up and down do scud).

  Another, judging certain by his eye,

  And, seeing sev'n bright lamps mov'd diversely,

  Turn this and that way: and, on th' other side,

  That all the rest of the heav'ns' twinkling pride

  Keep all one course; ingeniously, he varies

  The heav'ns' rich building into eight round stories.

  Others, amid the starriest orb, perceiving

  A triple cadence, and withal conceiving

  That but one natural course one body goes,

  Count nine, some ten; not numb'ring yet (with those)

  Th' empyreal palace, where th' eternal treasures

  Of nectar flow, where everlasting pleasures

  Are heaped-up, where an immortal May

  In blissful beauties flourisheth for ay,

  Where life still lives, where God his sises holds

  Environ'd round with seraphins and souls

  Bought with his precious blood, whose glorious flight

  Erst mounted earth above the heavens bright.

  Nor shall my faint and humble Muse presume

  So high a song and subject to assume.

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