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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.


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,

Whence it arose, and how by her sway Necessity bound it

Firm, to encircle the bounds of the stars.