I thought we were enveloped in a cloud,
Shining, solid, dense, and highly polished
As a diamond struck by the sun would be.
The timeless pearl took us inside itself
In the same way that water can receive
A ray of light while it remains intact.
“Deep in the heaven of divine peace
There whirls a body in whose power rests
The being of all things that it contains.
“The heaven after it, with brilliant stars,
Distributes this being to different essences,
Distinct from it and yet contained within it.
“The other circles by various degrees
Dispose the separate powers in themselves
To their own proper ends and propagation.
“These organs of the universe proceed,
As you now see, from grade to grade, obtaining
Their power from above and acting downward.