The heaving sea oft warns of coming storms,8. "Your book, Prognostics, is full of such warning signs, but who can fathom their causes? And yet I see that the Stoic Boëthus has attempted to do so and has succeeded to the extent of explaining [p. 239] the phenomena of sea and sky.
When suddenly its depths begin to swell;
And hoary rocks, o'erspread with snowy brine,
To the sea, in boding tones, attempt reply;
Or when from lofty mountain-peak upsprings
A shrilly whistling wind, which stronger grows
With each repulse by hedge of circling cliffs.
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1 The following verses and those in §§ 14, 15 are from Cicero's translation of the Diosemeia of Aratus.
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