Lucretius – De rerum natura (ca. 50 B.C.E.)

by vyh

…this world too hath been
By nature fashioned, even as the seeds of things
By innate motion chanced to clash and cling—
After they’d been in many a manner driven
Together at random, without design, in vain—
And as at last those seeds together dwelt,
Which, when together of a sudden thrown,
Should alway furnish the commencements fit
Of mighty things—the earth, the sea, the sky,
And race of living creatures.

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