SHORT POEMS: A poem about the Great Pythagoras

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A poem about the Great Pythagoras

So erst the Sage [Pythagoras] with scientific truth
In Grecian temples taught the attentive youth;
With ceaseless change how restless atoms pass
From life to life, a transmigrating mass;
How the same organs, which to-day compose
The poisonous henbane, or the fragrant rose,
May with to-morrow’s sun new forms compile,
Frown in the Hero, in the Beauty smile.
Whence drew the enlighten’d Sage the moral plan,
That man should ever be the friend of man;
Should eye with tenderness all living forms,
His brother-emmets, and his sister-worms.
by Erasmus Darwin
The Temple of Nature (1803),
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4 Comments Add yours

  1. WOW
    Where did you find this poem?
    I had thought ancient literature were weeded out of people’s memories as well as books…

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    1. Thank you! Yes, much has been suppressed, but there are still sources available: — Erasmus Darwin
      The Temple of Nature (1803), canto 4, lines 417-28, page 163.
      Science quotes on: | Atom (272) | Poem (91) | Pythagoras (33) here is a link: https://todayinsci.com/D/Darwin_Erasmus/DarwinErasmus-Quotations.htm

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      1. Thank you for this information!
        Keep up with your blog it’s really a fruitful read…
        I look forward to reading more 🙂

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  2. You are most welcome Mridula! and thank you so much for your encouragement, I really appreciate it I look forward to your visits 🙂
    Amira

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