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more you can see that which is beyond it,
to the point that you can see the whole object.
It is just the same with the sun, without
any variation or doubt. For the sun is so much
larger than the earth that is sees the heavens all
around, and the stars, and all the firmament.
[rubric:] Why one cannot see the stars during the day [/rubric]
The stars of the firmament, given brightness by the sun,
take their course in the firmament continually night
and day, both above and below. But during the day
we cannot see the ones that are above us, for the
sun with its great brightness takes away the sight of
them from us. It is just like with candles, when you
see them burning a long distance away. If there is
a large fire between you and the candles, giving great
brightness and light, it takes away the
candles and their brightness of your sight. But
if you put the fire somewhere behind your back,
you can immediately see the candles burning right
in front of you. In the same way, I tell you, one cannot see
the stars durng the day, while the sun is doing its course above

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Marie Richards

original ms. Folio 90r
Walters ms. Folio 95r
BL Royal MS 19 A IX fols 104r-v
Caxton, ed. Prior, p 133
Gossuin, ed. Prior, 163-164