The Darwins. Erasmus Darwin (1731 - 1802) Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) Erasmus: Physician and botanist. Published many of his thoughts in the form of poetry. One of a group of intellectuals who fueled the industrial revolution.
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"Ere Time began, from flaming chaos hurledRose the bright spheres, which from the circling world;Earths from each sun with quick explosions burst,And second planets issued from the first.Then whilst the sea at their coeval birthSurge over surge involved the shoreless earth;Nursed by warm sun-beams in primeval cavesOrganic life began beneath the waves.....Hence without parent by spontaneous birthRise the first specks of animated earth;From nature's womb the plant or insect swims,And buds or breathes with microscopic limbs."
“Organic life beneath the shoreless wavesWas born and nurs'd in ocean's pearly cavesFirst forms minute unseen by sphearic glass Move on the mud, or pierce the watery mass;These, as successive generations bloom,New powers acquire and larger limbs assume;Whence countless groups of vegetation spring And breathing realms of fin and feet and wing"