...distinct with less and greater lights, the Galaxy so whitens between the poles of the world that it makes even the wise to question...
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri Paradise Canto XIV, L. 97-100
In that glistering circle in the firmament, which we call the Galaxie, the milkie way, there is not one starre of any of the six great magnitudes, which Astronomers proceed upon, belonging to that circle: it is a glorious circle, and possesseth a great part of heaven, and yet is all of so little starres, as have no name, no knowledge taken of them...
Donne's Sermons Little Stars Sermon 144 (p. 221)
In the silence of the transparent night, before the rising of the moon, the charm of the ancient tale sometimes descends upon me out of the scintillant sky, to make me forget the monstrous facts of science and the stupendous horror of space. Then I no longer behold the Milky Way, as that awful Ring of Cosmos, whose hundred million suns are powerless to lighten the abyss, but as the very Amanogwa itself—the river Celestial. I see the thrill of its shining stream, the mists that hover along the verge, and the watergrasses that bend in the winds of autumn. White Orihime I see at her starry loom and the Ox that grazes on the farther shore—and I know that the falling dew is the spray of the Herdsman's oar.
The Writings of Lafcadio Hearn
The Romance of the Milky Way (p. 257)
As we are used to call the appearance of the heavens, where it is surrounded with a bright zone, the Milky Way, it may not be amiss to point out some other very remarkable Nebulae which cannot well be less, but are probably much larger than our own system; and, being also extended, the inhabitants of the planets that attend the stars which compose them must likewise perceive the same phenomena. For which reason they may also be called milky ways by way of distinction.
In Laurence A. Marschall The Supernova Story Chapter 2 (p. 34)
God be thanked for the Milky Way that runs across the sky. That's the path that my feet would tread whenever I have to die.
Some folks call it a Silver Sword, and some a
Pearly Crown. But the only thing I think it is, is Main Street, Heaventown.
Main Street and Other Poems Main Street
...the Galaxie, that Milkie way
Which nightly as a circling Zone, thou seest
Poudered with Starrs. . .
Paradise Lost Book VII, L. 579-81
...to the eyes of a giant for whom our suns would be as for us our atoms, the milky way would seem only a bubble of gas.
The Foundations of Science Science and Method Book IV Chapter I (p. 524)
Driving at night I feel the Milky Way
Streaming above me like the graph of a cry.
Leaflets, Poems 1965-1968 Ghazals 7/24/68: ii
Thoreau, Henry David
This whole earth which we inhabit is but a point in space. How far apart, think you, dwell the two most distant inhabitants of yonder star, the breadth of whose disk cannot be appreciated by our instruments? Why should I feel lonely? Is not our planet in the Milky Way?
Walden Solitude (p. 131)
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