its setting, which caused the approach of night. And then
the stars would return in their courses at night until
the sun returned and brings light to the day.
And it it would continue in its path until it returned
to its principal place in the morning. Afterwards they would behold the moon,
which was a common thing and appeared differently to the world.
For sometimes it was round and other times
halved, as if it were cut straight through the
middle. And then it became horn-shaped, and so it continued
to wane until one could not see it at all. After that
it appeared horned, and then halved, and then completely full,
as it had been before and just as whole. From this
they understood well that it was near the sun
and then it left there and became more and more distant
until it was as far below the sun as it had been previously [near it].
And so it went, now approaching, now departing and returning,
all night and all day, turning and taking its course, with the firmament all around it,
just as it does now, without having changed at all. But
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