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First Line: Jove saw the heavens fram'd in a little glass
Last Line: For a poor hand is nature's rival grown.
Alternate Author Name(s): Claudius Claudianus


JOVE saw the heavens fram'd in a little glass,
And (laughing) to the gods these words did pass --
Comes then the power of mortal cares so far?
In brittle orbs my labours acted are.
The statutes of the poles, the faith of things,
The laws of gods this Syracusan brings
Hither by art: spirits enclos'd attend
Their several spheres, and with set motions bend
The living work. Each year the feigned sun,
Each month returns the counterfeited moon,
And viewing now her world, bold industry
Grows proud, to know the heavens her subject be.
Believe Salmonius hath false thunders thrown,
For a poor hand is nature's rival grown.





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