Once more I tried my hand at the wheel, but I might as well have essayed to swing the earth itself.
The very fact, as Perry took pains to explain, of the blasting of several very exact and learned scientific hypotheses made it apparent that we could not know what lay before us within the bowels of the earth, and so we might continue to hope for the best, at least until we were dead--when hope would no longer be essential to our happiness.
Doubt was no longer possible; the travelers had left the earth.
Its face, which was turned to the earth, was very bright.
the moment when she will be crossing the zenith, which latter event will further diminish the entire distance by a length equal to the radius of the earth,
At midnight she will be in perigee, that is, at her shortest distance from the earth, and at the same moment she will be crossing the zenith.
Look downward on that Globe whose hither side With light from hence, though but reflected, shines; That place is Earth the seat of Man, that light His day, which else as th' other Hemisphere Night would invade, but there the neighbouring Moon (So call that opposite fair Starr) her aide Timely interposes, and her monthly round Still ending, still renewing, through mid Heav'n; With borrowd light her countenance triform Hence fills and empties to enlighten th' Earth, And in her pale dominion checks the night.
Thus said, he turnd, and SATAN bowing low, As to superior Spirits is wont in Heaven, Where honour due and reverence none neglects, Took leave, and toward the coast of Earth beneath, Down from th' Ecliptic, sped with hop'd success, Throws his steep flight with many an Aerie wheele, Nor staid, till on NIPHATES top he lights.
90-105) For ere this the tribes of men lived on earth
remote and free from ills and hard toil and heavy sickness which bring the Fates upon men; for in misery men grow old quickly.
The man himself, for such I may call him, was fully fifteen feet in height and, on Earth
, would have weighed some four hundred pounds.
And we men, the creatures who inhabit this earth
, must be to them at least as alien and lowly as are the monkeys and lemurs to us.
Naturally, at first I took it to be the moon, but there is much to incline me to believe that what I really saw was the transit of an inner planet passing very near to the earth