Was studying the stars at night,
One evening, gazing at the sky,
With head thrown back and chin held high,
Picking out just which star was which,
Stumbled and fell into a ditch.
Chancing to hear the Old Man's cry
A Stranger who was passing by
Beheld his plight and drawing near
Addressed him thus: "My friend, I fear
That when at night you walk about
With face uplifted, picking out
This star and that, you overlook
A planet, which, tho' in your book,
You will not see howe'er you try
By looking for it in the sky;
A planet you will find well worth
Your while to watch 'tis called THE EARTH."
Source: Herford Aesop 35.
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