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[CANTO X.
DON JUAN.

CANTO THE TENTH.

I. When Newton saw an apple fall, he found In that slight startle from his contemplation — 'T is said (for I '11 not answer above ground For any sage's creed or calculation) — A mode of proving that the Earth turned round In a most natural whirl, called " gravitation ; " And this is the sole mortal who could grapple,'- Since Adam — with a fall — or with an apple."" ^ II. Man fell with apples, and with apples rose, If this be true ; for we must deem the mode In which Sir Isaac Newton could disclose Through the then unpaved stars the turnpike road,*"- i. In a most natural whirling of rotation. — [MS. erased."] ii. Since Adam— gloriously against an apple, — [MS. erased.] iii. To the then unploughed stars . — [MS. erased.] I. ["Neither Pemberton nor Whiston, who received from Newton himself the history of his first Ideas of Gravity, records the story of the faUing apple. It was mentioned, however, to Voltaire by Catherine Barton (afterwards Mrs. Conduit), Newton's niece. We saw the apple tree in 1814. . . . The tree was so much decayed that it was taken down in 1820" {Memoirs, etc., of Sir Isaac Newton, by Sir David Brewster, 1855, i. 27, 7iote i). Voltaire tells the story thus {^Uments de la Philosophie de Newton, Partie III. chap, iii.): " Un jour, en I'ann^e 1666 [1665], Newton, retire k la campagne, et voyant tomber des fruits d'un arbre, k ce que m'a cont^ sa niece (Madame Conduit), se laissa aller k une meditation profonde sur la cause qui entraine ainsi tous les corps dans une ligne qui, si elle 6tait prolong^e, passerait a

ppu pr^s par le centre de la terre." — CEuvres Computes, 1837, v. 727.]