Worlds

by Richard Wilbur

For Alexander there was no Far East,
Because he thought the Asian continent
Ended with India. Free Cathay at least
Did not contribute to his discontent.

But Newton, who had grasped all space, was more
Serene. To him it seemed that he’d but played
With a few shells and pebbles on the shore
Of that profundity he had not made.

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