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THER (for he was here, as he is every where, pre, sent) thus distinctly spoke to his son:
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 Ait, and over the Cattle, and over every Beast of the Field, and all the Earth, and eyery creeping Thing that creeps upon the Earth!
HAVING said this, ADAM, he form’d thee, a MAN, out of the Dust of the Ground, and breath'd into thy Nostrils the Breath of Life: He created thee in his own Image, expressing it in thee; and thou
ecamest a living Soul: He created thee Male, and thy Consort Eye Female, that from you
both might proceed the Race of Man; then bless’d you, and said, be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it; and have Dominion over the Fish of the Sea, and over the Fowl of the Air, and over every living Thing that moveth upon the Earth, wherefoever created; for no Place is yet distinguish'd by Name. From thence, as thou already knowest, he brought thee into this delicious and pleasant Garden, where are Trees, delightful both to behold and taste, of his own planting, and freely gave thee all their pleasant Fruits for Food; (for here is a Variety without End, all Sorts that the Earth yields) but of the Tree, which being tafted gives the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou may'st not eat; for in the Day that thou eatest, thou dieft; 'tis DEATH is the Punishment decreed: Beware! and govern thy Appetite well, lest Sin, and her sure Attendant DEATH, sur
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 fixth Day.
God, the Creator, desisting from his Work, though not wearied, return’d up to his high Abode the Heaven of Heavens, to behold from thence this new created World, being a new Addition to his Empire, how good and how fair it shewd in Prospect from his Throne, answering his great Idea; he rode up,
follow'd with Acclamations, the symphonious Sounds of ten thousand Harps, thật tun’d Angelical Harmony: (thou may'st remember for thou heard'st) The Earth and the Air resounded, and Heayen and all the Constellations echoed to them; the Planets as it were stood liftning, while God and the Angels ascended with Joy and great Pomp. They sung aloud, “ Open
ye everlasting Gates! open ye Heavens your living “ Doors! let in the great Creator, magnificently re& turn'd from his Work of fix Days, and that Work “ is a World: Open, and henceforth open often! for “ GOD will youchsafe (being pleas'd with the Acticons of just Men) often to visit their Dwellings, “ and with frequent Intercourse will send thither his “ Angels, upon Messages of Grace."
Thus the glorious Angels sung, as they ascended with the CREATOR into Heaven: The Son of God led directly the way through Heaven to the eternal Mansion of God. Now the seventh Evening arose in Eden, for the Sun was set, and Twilight forerunning the Night came on from the Earth; when he arriy'd at the holy Mount of Heaven, the Imperial Throne of GOD, which is fix'd firm for ever and fure, where he fat him down with his great Father: For he also went inyisible, though he stay’d, (such Privilege hath Omnipresence) for he ordain’d the Work, being the Author and End of all Things; and now resting from his Work, he bless'd and hallow'd the seventh Day: But it was not kept in Silence; the Harp did not rest, the solemn Pipe and
Dulcimer, all Sorts of Organs, and all string'd Instruments play'd soft Tunes, intermix'd with joyful Chorus, or Voice of single Song: Clouds of Incense, smoaking Censers of Gold hid the Mountain, and the Song which they sung was of the Creation, the Work of six Days.
Great are thy Works! they cried, O infinite JehoVAH! 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 fet Limits to thy Power? Thou hast easily repell’d the proud Attempt of the Apoftate Spirits; while they impiously thought to diminish thy Glory, and draw from Thee the Number of thy Worshippers! Who endeavours to weaken Thee, ferves 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 pleafant 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 juft: Thrice happy they, if they will but persevere in Uprightness, and know their own Happiness!
Thus they sung, and all Heaven was full of HALLELUJAHS: Thus was that great Sabbath (m) kept. And now I have fulfillid thy Request, that ask'd how this World and the Appearance of Things began, and what was done from the Beginning before thy Remembrance; that Pofterity being inform’d by thee might also know. If thou desirest to know any Thing further, surpassing thy present Knowledge as a Man, speak, and if it be permitted I shall inform thee.
(m) Sabbath; Heb. i. e. A infituted by God. Rejt. This was the firft Sabbath
The End of the Seventh Book.
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