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With her then, as in humble duty bound,
Juan retired, and so will I, until
We have just lit on a “ heaven-kissing hill,”
And all my fancies whirling like a mill;
DON JUA N.
CANTO THE TENTH.
When Newton saw an apple fall, he found
In that slight startle from his contemplation'Tis said (for I'll not answer above ground
For any sage's creed or calculation),
In a most natural whirl, called “ gravitation;"
Man fell with apples, and with apples rose,
If this be true; for we must deem the mode In which Sir Isaac Newton could disclose
Through the then unpaved stars the turnpike road, A thing to counterbalance human woes :
For ever since immortal man hath glow'd With all kinds of mechanics, and full soon Steam-engines will conduct him to the moon.
(1) [“ The celebrated apple tree, the fall of one of the apples of which is said to have turned the attention of Newton to the subject of gravity, was destroyed by wind about four years ago. The anecdote of the falling