The Nature of the World


So through discord all things are steered through all.

From the whole are all things, all things from a whole,

all things are one, each part of all, all is one;

for from a single whole all these things came,

and from them in due timer will one return,

that's ever one and many...

Often the same will be again, no end

will limit them, ever limited...

For so undying death invests all things,

all dies that's mortal, but the substrate was

and is immortal ever, fashioned thus,

yet with strange images and varied form

will change and varnish from the sight of all.

- Linus, On the Nature of the World (from Stobaeus 1.10,5).