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and Chariots from the Armory of God with Wings, where Thousands stand lodg'd between two brazen Mountains, heavenly Equipage, and always ready harness'd against a solemn Day, and now came forth attendant upon their LORD of their own Accord, for Spirit liv'd within them; Heaven open'd her everlasting Gates wide, moving upon golden Hinges, to let forth the King of Glory, in his powerful Word and Spirit coming to create new Worlds. They stood upon the Ground of Heaven, and view'd from the Shore the vast and immeasurable Abyss, which was as outragious as a Sea turn'd up from the Bottom by furious Winds; raising up the surgirg Waves like Mountains, which would seem wildly to assault the Height of Heaven, and mix the Centre with the Pole.
The Word, by whom all Things were made, call'd out and said: Ye troubled Waves be silent, and be at Peace Thou great Deep! be no longer at Strife. -----This saying, he staid not, but lifted up upon the Wings of Cherubim in the Glory of his FATHER, rode far into Chaos, and the unmade World; for the Chaos had obey'd his Voice. All his Train follow'd him in bright Procession, to behold the Creation and the Wonders of his Power. Then stay'd the Motion of his Chariot Wheels, and took the golden Compasses into his Hand, which are prepar'd in the everlasting Stores of GOD, to circumscribe this Universe, and all Things that are created. One Foot of the Compasses he fix'd in the Centre, and turn’d the other round in the vast dark Depth, and said 0 World! let this be thy just Circumference, and thus far extend thy Bounds!
Thus God created the Heaven and the Earth, and the firit Matter was without Form and void, and Darkness cover'd the Decp; but the Spirit of GOD
mov'd upon the Waters, and infus'd vital Warmth and Virtue through all the fluid Parts, but purg'd downward all the black, cold, and gross Dregs, that were Enemies to Life; then laid the Foundation of all Things, and gather’d together like Things to like, so that the Elements were separated in their several Places, and Earth hung felf-balanc'd upon her own Centre.
God said let there be Light! and heavenly Light, the first of Things, pure Quintessence, sprung from the Deep, and began to pass from her native East through the gloomy Air, and being inclos’d in a bright Cloud, dwelt a while in a shadowy Tabernacle. (for as yet the Sun was not) God saw that the Light was good, and by the Hemisphere divided the Light from the Darkness; and GOD callid the Light Day, and the Darkness he call's Night, and the Evening and the Morning were the first Day: Nor did it pass uncelebrated or unsung by the Angels, when they beheld shining Light first exhaling from Darkness, in the Day that Heaven and Earth were made: They fill'd the Universe with Shouts of Joy, and play'd upon their golden Harps, praising ĠOD and his Works with Hymns; they sung his Praise both when the first Evening was and the first Morning.
AND GOD said, let there be a Firmament in the Midst of the Waters, and let it divide the Waters from the Waters. And God made the Firmament of expanded Air, liquid, pure, transparent, and ele. mental, diffus’d and extended to the uttermoft Parts of this new Creation; which was a firm and sure Partition, dividing the Waters underneath from those above: For he built the World like the Earth floating in a calm, wide, pure Sky, far remov'd from the Mass of the mix'd Elements; left fierce Extremes being too near, might damage the whole Frame; and R
he nám'd the Firmament Heaven: So the Evening and the Morning were the seccond Day.
ThÈ Earth was now form’d, but involv'd as yet in the great Mass of Water, and not yet thoroughly prepar’d, did not appear: The main Ocean flow'd all over the Earth, not without Virtue, but softening all her Globe with warm prolifick Humour, fermented the Earth, now full of kindly Moisture to conceive; when God said, let the Waters be gather'd together, and to oné Placé, and let the dry Land appear! immediately the great Mountains appear'd, rising up above the Water, and lifted their Tops into the Clouds, as high as the Hills rose, so low funk down a hollow Bótton, broad and deep, a proper Receptacle for the Waters; thither they flow'd fwiftly, Part rising in a Chrystal Wall or direct Ridge for Haste; such Flight the great Command had impress’d on the Floods : As Armies at the Sound of the Trumpet (which, as thou hast heard me speak of our Armies, thou understand'st something of) make up to their Standard: So the Waters Wave after Wave, wherever they found Way; if steep, they Aow'd with rapid Torrent; if through Plains, ebbing softly; nor could Rock or Hill withstand them; but they, either under Ground, or in wide Circuit winding and wandering, at last arrive at the Place design’d for them, and wore deep Channels upon the washy and simy Ooze; which was very easy for them to do, before God had bid the Ground be dry; (except within those Banks where the Rivers now continually flow) And God called the dry Land Earth, and the gathering together of the Waters called he Seas; and GOD saw that it was good. And God said, let the Earth bring forth Grass, and the Herb yielding Seed, and the FruitTree yielding Fruit after her Kind, whose Seed is in herself upon the Earth ! ------ He had scarcely spoke; when the Earth (which 'till then was bare, barren,
unsightly, and without Beauty) brought forth the tender Grass, whose Verdure cover'd her all over with a pleasant Green: Then all Sorts of Herbs fmelling tweet, and opening with Flowers of various Colours, suddenly appear'd: And before these were well blown, forth flourish'd the thick clustering Vine; forth crepe all Kinds of smelling Gourds, Reeds, Bushes, and humble Shrubs; lastly arose the stately Trees, and fpread their Branches hung with Plenty of Fruit, or elfe gave forth their beautiful Buds and Blossoms : The Hills were cover'd with high Woods, and the Vallies with green Turf, and each Fountain and River Side with Borders of Flowers; that now the Earth seem'd like Heaven, a Habitation where Gods might dwell, or love to wander in with Delight, and frequent such facred Shades: Though God had not yet caus'd it to rain upon the Earth, and MAN was not as yet to till it, but there went up a Mift from the Earth, and water'd all the Ground and each Plant of the Field; which God made before it was in the Earth, and every Herb before it grew upon the green Stem ; and God faw that it was good: So the Evening and the Morning were the third Day.
THE ALMIGHTY spoke again, and said ; lét there be Lights high in the Firmament of Heaven, to divide the Day from the Night ; and let them be for Signs, for Seasons, and for Days, and for revolving Years; and let them be for Lights, as I ordain their Office in the Firmament, to give Light Earth; and it was fo. And God made two great Lights; (if not great with Regard to other Bodies, yet so for their Use to Man) the greater to rule over the Day, and the leffer to rule the Night, and each by Turns divide Light from Darknefs. God overlooking his great Work, saw that it was good; for of the celestial Bodies he firft made the Sun, (a very
great Globe) which though of etherial Matter was without any Light: Then made the Moon, another great Globe, and Stars of every Degree of Magnitude, with which he fill'd the Firmament, thick as Seeds are fown in the Field. He took the greater Part of Light, trantplanting it from the Cloud, in which at its first Creation it was plac’d, and remov’d it into the Sun's Orb, being made porous to receive and take it in, and yet firm so as to retain its gather's Beams, it being now the great Repository of Light: Hither the Stars repairing, as to a Fountain, draw additional Light, and from hence the Morning Star gathers more Brightness; and though seen with great Diminution, being so far remote from human Sight, they augment their own peculiar Light, either by Tincture or Reflection. The glorious Sun was first seen in the East, ruling the Day, and invested all the Horizon round with bright Rays, chearfully seeming to run his Course through the high Course of Heaven; the Morning Star and other Constellations moving with him, shedding sweet Influence. The Moon was set opposite in the levell’d West, less bright than the Sun, as his Mirrour, with full Face, borrowing her Light from him; for in that Aspect she needed no other; and still keeps that Distance 'till Night; then she shines in the East, in her Turn, revolving on Heaven's great Axle, and holds her Reign, dividing it with Thousands of lesser Lights, a thousand Thousand Stars, that then appear'd shining in the Hemisphere, then first adorn’d with these bright Luminaries, that set and rose: And the Evening and the Morning were the fourth Day.
And God said, let the Waters bring forth abundantly the moving Creature that hath Life, Reptils, with Spawn abundant, and let the Fowl Ay above the Earth, with Wings in the open Firmament! And