World Treasures of the Library of Congress - Beginnings

Where does it—the universe, the cosmos—all come from?

William Blake. "Urizen as the Creator of the Material World" from Europe, A Prophecy.

There is a grandeur in [a] view of life, with its several powers, [as] having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.

Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, 1859.

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