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Now let us make MANKIND, in our own Image, and after our Likeness; and let them have Dominion over the Fish of the Sea, and over the Fowl of the Air, and over the Cattle, and over every Beast of the Field, and all the Earth, and every creeping Thing that creeps upon the Earth!
HERE God finish’d Creation, and view’d all that he had made, and behold! all was entirely good; and the Evening and the Morning were the sixth Day.
Great are thy Works! they cried, O infinite Jehov AH ! and very great thy Power! what Thought can comprehend Thee, or what Tongue relate. Thee! greater now in thy Return, than from the Expulsion of the rebelling Angels: That Day thy Thunders made Thee great; but to create is greater than to destroy that which is already created. Who can lessen Thee, Thou mighty King' or set Limits to thy Power? Thou hast easily repell'd the proud Attempt of the Apostate Spirits; while they impiously thought to diminish thy Glory, and draw from Thee the Number of thy Worshippers! Who endeavours to weaken Thee, serves against his own Purpose, the more to manifest thy Might: Thou makest Use of his Evil, from whence to create more Good, of which this new made World, which is like another Heaven, is Proof; not far from the Gates of Heaven, founded in the great Space, with numerous Stars, and every Star perhaps destin’d to be a habitable World; but Thou knowest their Seasons: Among these Earth circumfus’d with the Ocean, the Seat of MEN, and their pleasant Dwelling-place. Thrice happy MEN, and happy the Sons of MEN, whom GoD hath advanc'd thus! created in his Image to dwell there, and worship him, and given him as a Reward to rule over his Works on Earth, in Sea, or the Air, and to multiply a Race of Worshippers, that may be holy and just: Thrice happy they, if they will but persevere in Uprightness, and know their own Happiness! - Thus