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19.

FORMS, qualities, lives, humanity, language, thoughts,
The ones known, and the ones unknown—the ones
on the stars,
The stars themselves, some shaped, others unshaped,
Wonders as of those countries—the soil, trees, cities,
inhabitants, whatever they may be,
Splendid suns, the moons and rings, the countless
combinations and effects,
Such-like, and as good as such-like, visible here or
anywhere, stand provided for in a handful of
space, which I extend my arm and half enclose
with my hand,
That contains the start of each and all—the virtue,
the germs of all;
That is the theory as of origins.


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