Somewhere in Space is set the universe
with here the earth, there clouds,
here oceans garlanded by continents
and there the mountain ranges.
How marvelous it is that Space should be so great
that far from being filled by all these substances
its very name allows it to be void…



All things are cloaked now in the shadows
which they had put off for the day;
the earth, being dappled by the shining sea around it,
the jeweled peak of Meru at its center
and these graceful spots of darkness,
charms the eye.