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1 THE sun revolving on his axis turns,
2 And with creative fire intensely burns;
3 Impell'd the forcive air, our earth supreme,
4 Rolls with the planets round the solar gleam;
5 First Mercury compleats his transient year,
6 Glowing, refulgent, with reflected glare;
7 Bright Venus occupies a wider way,
8 The early harbinger of night and day;
9 More distant still our globe terraqueous turns,
10 Nor chills intense, nor fiercely heated burns;
11 Around her rolls the lunar orb of light,
12 Trailing her silver glories through the night:
13 On the earth's orbit see the various signs,
14 Mark where the sun, our year compleating, shines:
15 First the bright Ram his languid ray improves;
16 Next glaring wat'ry thro' the Bull he moves;
17 The am'rous Twins admit his genial ray;
18 Now burning, thro' the Crab he takes his way;
19 The Lion, flaming, bears the solar power;
20 The Virgin faints beneath the sultry shower.
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21 Now the just Ballance weighs his equal force,
22 The slimy Serpent swelters in his course;
23 The sabled Archer clouds his languid face;
24 The Goat, with tempests, urges on his race;
25 Now in the Water his faint beams appear,
26 And the cold Fishes end the circling year.
27 Beyond our globe the sanguine Mars displays
28 A strong reflection of primoeval rays;
29 Next belted Jupiter far distant gleams,
30 Scarcely enlight'ned with the solar beams;
31 With four unfix'd receptacles of light,
32 He tours majestic thro' the spacious height:
33 But farther yet the tardy Saturn lags,
34 And five attendant luminaries drags;
35 Investing with a double ring his pace,
36 He circles thro' immensity of space.
37 These are thy wond'rous works, first source of good!
38 Now more admir'd in being understood.
D. B.


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Title (in Source Edition): THE COPERNICAN SYSTEM.
Genres: heroic couplet; narrative verse

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Chatterton, Thomas, 1752-1770. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse; by Thomas Chatterton, the supposed author of the poems published under the names of Rowley, Canning, &c. London: printed for Fielding and Walker, Pater-Noster Row, MDCCLXXVIII., 1778, pp. 90-91. xxxii,245,[3]p.,plates; 8⁰. (ESTC T39457; OTA K039720.000)

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