Empedocles on Etna  

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In Matthew Arnold's poem Empedocles on Etna, a narrative of Greek philosopher Empedocles last hours before he jumps to his death in the crater first published in 1852, Empedocles predicts:

To the elements it came from
Everything will return.
Our bodies to earth,
Our blood to water,
Heat to fire,
Breath to air.




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