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“Metamorphoses” – Ovid, 103
To these intestine discords put an end:
intestine, of the entrails, intestine discords,
a stomach ache, already the
gods created in our own image
Then earth from air, and seas from earth were driv’n,
And grosser air sunk from aetherial Heav’n.
the elements begin to find, and form, each
their distinctive identities
grosser air, less pure than that of Heaven
Thus disembroil’d, they take their proper place;
The next of kin, contiguously embrace;
the elements fall in line, like congregates with
And foes are sunder’d, by a larger space.
The force of fire ascended first on high,
And took its dwelling in the vaulted sky:
Then air succeeds, in lightness next to fire;
Whose atoms from unactive earth retire.
Earth sinks beneath, and draws a num’rous throng
Of pondrous, thick, unwieldy seeds along.
within the primordial Chaos, cloying to what
will become the Earth
note also the introduction of gravity, what
goes up, what goes down
About her coasts, unruly waters roar;
And rising, on a ridge, insult the shore.
water vies with earth for its place upon the
strand, in waves, tides, still, even thousands
of years later
Thus when the God, whatever God was he,
note the indecision here, the less adamant
profession of the deity before the imprint
of uncompromising Christianity, when
there would’ve been no wars of religion,
the wars were for territory
Had form’d the whole, and made the parts agree,
That no unequal portions might be found,
a God who would’ve presided, who would’ve
called the elements to order, and proportion
He moulded Earth into a spacious round:
Then with a breath, he gave the winds to blow;
And bad the congregated waters flow.
bad, or bade, as in called upon to perform a task
He adds the running springs, and standing lakes;
And bounding banks for winding rivers makes.
Some part, in Earth are swallow’d up, the most
In ample oceans, disembogu’d, are lost.
disembogue is said of a waterway that joins a
larger current, a stream disembogues into a
river, a river into a sea, or an ocean
He shades the woods, the vallies he restrains
With rocky mountains, and extends the plains.
sounds like Vancouver
R ! chard