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Empedocles : THE SPHERE

DK B 8, 117, 21, 124, 130, 132, 134, 27, * Translated by W. E. Leonard, * Greek Fonts, * Empedocles Resources


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But come, and to my words foresaid look well, if their wide witness anywhere forgot aught that behooves the elemental forms: behold the Sun, the warm, the bright-diffused; behold the eternal Stars, forever steeped in liquid heat and glowing radiance; see also the Rain, obscure and cold and dark, and how from Earth streams forth the Green and Firm. and all through Wrath are split to shapes diverse; and each through Love draws near and yearns for each. for from these elements hath budded all that was or is or evermore shall be - all trees, and men and women, beasts and birds, and fishes nourished in deep waters, aye, the long-lived gods, in honors excellent. For these are all, and, as they course along through one another, they take new faces all, by varied mingling and enduring change.

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ἀλλ΄ ἄγε͵ τόνδ΄ ὀάρων προτέρων ἐπιμάρτυρα δέρκευ͵ εἴ τι καὶ ἐν προτέροισι λιπόξυλον ἔπλετο μορφῆι͵ ἠέλιον μὲν λευκὸν ὁρᾶν καὶ θερμὸν ἁπάντηι͵ ἄμβροτα δ΄ ὅσσ΄ εἴδει τε καὶ ἀργέτι δεύεται αὐγῆι͵ ὄμβρον δ΄ ἐν πᾶσι δνοφόεντά τε ῥιγαλέον τε· ἐκ δ΄ αἴης προρέουσι θελεμνά τε καὶ στερεωπά. ἐν δὲ Κότωι διάμορφα καὶ ἄνδιχα πάντα πέλονται͵ σὺν δ΄ ἔβη ἐν Φιλότητι καὶ ἀλλήλοισι ποθεῖται. ἐκ τούτων γὰρ πάνθ΄ ὅσα τ΄ ἦν ὅσα τ΄ ἔστι καὶ ἔσται͵ δένδρεά τ΄ ἐβλάστησε καὶ ἀνέρες ἠδὲ γυναῖκες͵ θῆρές τ΄ οἰωνοί τε καὶ ὑδατοθρέμμονες ἰχθῦς͵ καί τε θεοὶ δολιχαίωνες τιμῆισι φέριστοι. αὐτὰ γὰρ ἔστιν ταῦτα͵ δι΄ ἀλλήλων δὲ θέοντα γίγνεται ἀλλοιωπά· τόσον διὰ κρῆσις ἀμείβει.

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