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A ‘Light of the First Magnitude’

  • David Sellers
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 390)

Abstract

Not until 1675 did a few more meagre scraps about William Gascoigne appear in print. These came from Edward Sherburne (1616–1702), a translator, poet and hymn writer, who had lost a fortune supporting the King’s cause in the Civil War. In the mid 1650s, whilst exiled in Paris, Sherburne began a labour of love that married his interest in astronomy and his skills as a poet. It was to take almost 20 years to complete the task: the poetic translation of the five volume, first-century poem Astronomica, written by the Roman poet Marcus Manilius. The finished result appeared as The Sphere of Marcus Manilius made an English Poem.

Keywords

Astronomical Unit Royal Observatory Roman Poet Parallax Effect Poetic Form 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Sellers
    • 1
  1. 1.LeedsUK

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