Byron – Don Juan

Some kinder casuists are pleased to say,
     In nameless print—that I have no devotion;
But set those persons down with me to pray,
     And you shall see who has the properest notion
Of getting into heaven the shortest way;
     My altars are the mountains and the ocean,
Earth, air, stars,—all that springs from the great Whole,
Who hath produced, and will receive the soul.

G. B. Kerferd – The Sophistic Movement

“… the things that nourish and benefit human life were the first to be considered gods and to be honoured; the list of such things included the sun, moon, rivers, lakes, springs, the four elements, bread, wine, water fire and so on with each of the things that are useful.”

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