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[978e] showing ever a new shape,1 until fifteen days and nights are passed: this is her circuit, if one chooses to sum her orbit, as one and entire, in one2; so that, we may say, even the least intelligent creature must learn it, among those on whom God has bestowed the natural gift of being able to learn. Within certain limits, and in certain cases, every creature so enabled has been made fully apt for numeration,—

1 The meaning obviously required—“shape”or“phase”—cannot be extracted fromἡμέραν, which is probably a copyist's error forἰδέαν.

2 This seems to mean that the fifteen days from the new moon to the full moon give the basis for summing her whole thirty days' course—fifteen to the full, and fifteen back.

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