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Ovid's Metamorphoses
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Excerpt from Ovid's Metamorphoses: Translated by Various Authors Ovid's Metamorphoses. 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 and a num'rous throngOf pond'rous, thick, unwieldy seeds along.About her coasts unruly waters roar;And, rising on a ridge, insult the shore.Thus when the God, whatever God was he, Had form'd the whole, and made the parts agree, That no unequal portions might be found, He moulded earth into a spacious round: Then with a breath, he gave the winds to blow;And bade the congregated waters flow.He adds the running springs, and standing lakes;And bounding banks for winding rivers makes.Some part in earth are swallow'd up; the mostIn ample oceans disembogu'd, are lost.He shades the woods, the valleys he restrainsWith rocky mountains, and extends the plains.And as five zones th' ethereal regions bind, Five, correspondent, are to earth assign'd: The sun with rays, directly darting down, Fires all beneath, and fries the middle zone: The two beneath the distant poles, complainOf endless winter, and perpetual rain.Betwixt th' extremes, two happier climates holdThe temper that partakes of hot and cold.The fields of liquid air, inclosing all, Surround the compass of this earthly ball: The lighter parts lie next the fires above;The grosser near the wat'ry surface move: Thick clouds are spread, and storms engender there, And thunder's voice, which wretched mortals fear, And winds that on their wings cold winter bear.Nor were those blust'ring brethren left at large, On seas and shores their fury to discharge: Bound as they are, and circumscrib'd in place, They rend the world, resistless, as they pass;And mighty marks of mischief leave behind;Such is the rage of their tempestuous kind.First, Eurus to the rising morn is sent About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical wor
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