On the Rotation of Mercury

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On the Rotation of Mercury  (1882) 
by Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli, translated by Agnes Mary Clerke
Quoted in Sky and Telescope, March 2011, p. 33

Mercury on its axis turns like the Moon:
One side has lasting day, the other night;
One side in everlasting fire doth swoon;
While th'other hides forever from the light.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.