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THE glory of Him who moveth everything 1

Doth penetrate the universe, and shine

In one part more and in another less.

Within that heaven which most his light receives

Was I, and things beheld which to repeat

Nor knows, nor can, who from above descends;

Because in drawing near to its desire

1Dante’s theory of the universe is the old one, which made the earth a stationary

central point, around which all the heavenly bodies revolved.

Speaking of the order of the Ten Heavens, Dante says, Convito, II. 4: “The first is

where the Moon is; the second is that where Mercury is; the third is that where
Venus is;

the fourth is that where the Sun is; the fifth is that where Mars is; the sixth is
that where

Jupiter is; the seventh is that where Saturn is; the eighth is that of the Stars;
the ninth is

not visible, save by the motion mentioned above, and is called by many the
Crystalline –

that is, diaphanous, or wholly transparent. Beyohd all these, indeed, the Catholics

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