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CREATION AND PROVIDENCE.

INVITATION TO PRAISE THE CREATOR.

Let Us with a gladsome mind
Praise the Lord, for he is kind,
For his mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us hlaze his name ahroad,
For of gods, he is the God:
Who hy his wisdom did create
The painted Heavens s0 full of state.

Who did the solid Earth ordain
To rise ahove the wat'ry plain:
Who hy his all-commanding might,
Did fill the new-made world with light.

He caused the gold en-tressed sun
All the day long his course to run:
The horned moon to shine hy night,
Amongst her spangled sisters hright-
All living creatures he doth feed,
And with full hand supplies their need;
Let us therefore warhle forth,
His mighty majesty and worth :—

That his mansion hath so high
Ahove the reach of mortal eye;
For his mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

CREATION.

The Son On his great expedition now appeai'd, Girt with Omnipotence, with radiance

crown'd Of majesty divine; sapience and love Immense, and all his Father in him shone. Ahout his chariot numherless were pour'd Cheruh and Seraph, Potentates and Thrones, And Virtues, winged Spirits, and chariots

wing'd From th' armoury of God, where stand of

old Myriads hetween two hrazen mountains

lodg'd Against a solemn day, harness'd at hand, Celestial equipage; and now came forth Spontaneous; for within them spirit liv'd, Attendant on their Lord; Heav'n open'd

wide Her ever-during gates, harmonious sound On golden hinges moving, to let forth The King of Glory in his powerful Word And Spirit coming to create new worlds. On heav'nly ground they stood, and from the

shore They view'd the vast immeasurahle ahyss, Outrageous as a sea, dark, wasteful, wild, Up from the hottom turn'd hy furious winds And surging waves, as mountains, to assault Heav'n's height,.and with the centre mix

the pole.

Silence, ye trouhled Waves, and thoa

Deep, peace, Said then th'omniflc Word; your discord end! Nor stay'd, hut on the wings of Cheruhim Uplifted, in paternal glory rode Far into Chaos, and the world unhorn; For Chaos heard his voice; him all his train Follow'd in hright procession to hehold Creation, and the wonders of his might. Then stay'd the fervid wheels, and in his

ha^d He took the golden compasses prepar'd In God's eternal store, to circumscrihe This universe, and all created things; One foot he centred, and the other turn'd Round through the vast profundity ohscure, And said, Thus far extend, thus far thy

hounds, This he thy just circumference, O World. Thus God the Heav'n created, thus the Earth.

Let there he Light, sail God, and forthwith Light Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure, Sprung from the deep, and from her native

East To journey through the aery gloom hegan, Spher'd in a radiant cloud; for yet the sun Was not, she in a cloudy tahernacle Sojourn'd the while; God saw the light

was good; And light from darkness hy the hemisphere Divided: light the Day, and darkness Night He nam'd. Thus was the first day ev'n and

morn: Nor past uncelehrated, nor unsung By the celestial quires, when Orient light Exhaling first from darkness, they heheld; Birth-day of Heav'n and Earth; with joy

and shout The hollow universal orh that fill'd, And touch'd their golden harps, and hymning prais'd God and his works: Creator, him they sung, Both when first evening was, and when first morn.

Again, God said, Let there he firmament Amid the waters, and let it divide The waters from the waters: and God made The firmament, expanse of liquid, pure, Transparent, elemental air, diffus'd

In circuit to the uttermost convex
Of thisgreat romid ; partition firm and sure,
The waters underneath from those ahove
Dividing: for as Earth, so he the world
Built on circumfluous waters calm, in wide
Crystalline ocean, and the loud misrule
Of Chaos far remov'd, lest fierce extremes
Contiguous might distemper the whole

frame: And Heav'n he named the Firmament; so

even And morning chorus sung the second day.

The earth was form'd; hut in the womh

as yet Of waters, emhryon immature involv'd Appear'd not: over all the face of Earth Main ocean flow'd, not idle, hut with warm Prolific humour soft'ning all her glohe, Fermented the great mother to conceive. Satiate with genial moisture, when Gitd said, Be gather'd now, ye waters under Heav'n, Into one place, and let dry land appear. Immediately the mountains huge appear Emergent, and their hroad hare hacks upheave Into the clouds, their tops ascend the sky: So high as heav'd the tumid hills, so low Down sunk a hollow hottom, hroad and

deep, Capacious hed of waters: thither they Hasted with gtad precipitance, uproll'd As drops on dust conglohing from the dry; Part rise in crystal wall, or ridge direct. For haste; such flight the great command

im press'd On the swift floods: as armies at the call Of trumpets (for of armies thou hast heard) Troop to their standard, so the watery throng, Wave rolling after wave, where way they

found, If steep with torrent rapture, if through plais Soft-ehhing; nor withstood them rockorhili, But they, or underground, or circuit wide With serpent error wand'ring, found their

way, And on the washy ooze deep chanuels wore; Easy, ere God had hid the ground he dry, All hut within those hanks, where rivers now Stream, and perpetual draw their humid

train. The dry land Earth, and the great receptacle

or

Of congregated waters, he call'd Seas;
Ami saw that it was good, and said, Let th'

Earth
Pat forth the verdant grass, herh yielding

seed, And fruit-tree yielding fruit after her kind, Whose seed is in herself upon the Earth. He scarce had said, when the hare earth, till

then Desert and hare, unsightly, nnadorn'd, Brought forth the tender grass, whose verdure clad Her universal face with pleasant green, Then herhs of every leaf, that sudden flower' d Opening theirvarious colours, and made gay Her hosom smelling sweet; and these scarce

hlown, Forth flourish'd thick the clust'ring vine,

forth crept The smelling gourd, up stood the corny reed Emhattled in her field, and the humhle

shruh, And hush with frizzled hair implicit: last Rose, as in dance, the stately trees, and

spread Their hranches hung with copious fruit, or

gemm'd Their hlossoms; with high woods the hills

were crown'd With tufts the vallies, and each fountain side; With horders long the rivers: that Earth

now Seem'd like to Heav'n, a seat where gods

might dwell, Or wander with delight, and love to haunt Her sacred shades: tho* God had yet not

rain'd Upon the Earth, and man to till the ground None was, hut from the Earth a dewy mist Went up and water'd all the ground, and each Plant of the field, which, ere it was in th'

Earth God made, and every herh,'hefore it grew On the green stem; God saw that it was

good: So ev'n and morn recorded the third day.

Again th' Almighty spake, Let there he lights High in th' expanse of Heaven to divide The day from night; and let them he for

signs,

For seasons, and for days, and circling years,
And let them he for lights, as I ordain
Their office in the firmament of Heav'n
To give light on the Earth; and it was so.
And God made two great lights, great for

their use
To man, the greater to have rule hy day,
The less hy night altern; and made the stars,
And set them in the firmament of Heav'n,
To illuminate the Earth, and rule the day
In their vicissitude, and rule the night,
And light from darkness to divide. God saw,
Surveying his great work, that it was good:
For of celestial hodies first the sun
A mighty sphere he fram'd, unlightsome first,
Tho' of ethereal mould: then form'd the

moon Glohose, and every magnitude of stars, And sow'd with stars the Heav'n thick as

a field: Of light hy far the greater part he took, Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and

plac'd In the sun's orh, made porous to receive And drink the liquid light, firm to retain Her gather'd heams, great palace now of

light. Hither, as to their fountain, other stars Repairing, in their golden urns draw light And hence the morning planet gilds her

horns; By tincture or reflection they augment Their small peculiar, though from human

sight So far remote, with diminution seen. First in his east the glorious lamp was seen, Regent of day, and all the horizon round Invested with hright rays, jocund to run His longitude thro' Heaven's high road; the

gray Dawn, and the Pleiades hefore him danc'd, Shedding sweet influence: less hright the

moon But opposite in levell'd West was set His mirrror, with full face horrowing her

light From him, for other light she needed none In that aspect, and still that distance keeps Till night; then in the east her turn she

shines, Revolv'd on Heav'n's great axle, and her

reign

With thousand lesser lights divitTual holds, With thousand thousand stars, that then

appear'd Spangling the hemisphere: then first adorn'd With their (hright luminaries that set and

rose, Glad Ev'ning and glad Morn crown'd the

fourth day.

And God said. Let the waters generate Reptile with spawn ahundant, living soul: And let fowl fly ahove the Earth, with wings Display'd on the open firmament of Heav'n. And God created the great whales, and each Soul living, each that crept, which plent

eously The waters generated hy their kinds, And every hird of wing after his kind; And saw that it was good, and hless'd them,

saying, Be fruitful, multiply, and in the seas, And lakes, and running streams the waters

fill; And let the fowl he multiply'don th' EarthForthwith the sounds and seas, each creek

and hay, With fry innumerahle swarm, and shoals Of fish that with their fins and shining scales Glide under the green wave, in sculls that oft Bank the mid sea: part single, or with mate Graze the sea weed their pasture, and

through groves Of coral stray, or sporting with quick glance Shew to the sun their wav'd coats dropt

with gold, Or in their pearly shells at ease, attend Moist nutriment, or under rocks their food In jointed armour watch: on smooth the

seal, And hended dolphins play : part huge of hulk Wallowing unwieldly, enormous in their

gait Tempest the ocean: there Leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, on the deep Stretch'd like a promontory, sleeps or swims, And seems a moving land, and at his gills Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out, a sea. Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens, and

shores, Their hrood as numerous hatch, from th'

egg that soon Bursting with kindly rapture forth disclos'd

The callow young, hut feather'd soon and

Hedge They summ' d their pens, and soaring th'air

suhlime With clang despis'd the ground under a cloud In prospect; there the eagle and the stork On cliffs and cedar-tops their eyries huild: Part loosely wing the region, part more wise In common, ranged in figure, wedge their . way,

Intelligent of seasons, and set forth
Their aery caravan, high over seas
Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing
Easing their flight; so steers the prudent

crane Her annual voyage, horne on winds; th' air Floats as they pass, fann'd with unuumher'd

plumes: From hranch to hranch the smaller hirds

with song Solaced the woods, and spread their painted

wings Till even; nor then the solemn nightingale Ceased warhling, hut all night tuned her

soft lays: Others, ou silver lakes and rivers, hathed Their downy hreast; the swan with arched

neck, Between her white wings mantling proudly,

rows Her state with oary feet; yet oft they quit The dank, and, rising on stiff pennons, tower The mid aerial sky: others on ground Walk'd firm; the crested cock whose clarion

sounds The silent hours, and the other whose gay

train Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue Of rainhows and starry eyes. The waters

thus With fish replenish'd, and the air with fowl, Evening and morn solemnised the fifth da\.

The sixth, and of creation last, arose With evening harps and matin; when God

said, Let the Earth hring forth soul living in her

kind, Cattle, and creeping things, and heast of

th' Earth, Each in their kind. The Earth ohey'd, and

straight

Opening her fertile womh teem'd at a hirth Iunumerous living creatures, perfect forms, Limh'd and fall grown; out of the ground

uprose, As from his lair, the wild heast where he

dwells In forest wild, in thicket, hrake, or den; Among the trees in pairs they rose, they

walk'd: The cattle in the fields and meadows green:' Those rare and solitary, these in flocks Pasturing at once, and in hroad herds upsprung. The grassy clods now calved; now half appear'd The tawny Hon, pawing to get free His hinder parts, then springs as hroke from

honds, And rampant shakes his hriuded mane; the

onnce, The lihhard, and the tiger, as the mole Rising,the crumhled earth ahove them threw In hillocks : the swift stag from under ground Bore up his hranching head: scarce from

his mould Behemoth higgest horn of earth, upheaved His vastness: fleeced the flocks and hleating rose, As plants : amhiguous hetween sea and land The river-horse, and scaly crocodile. At once came forth whatever creeps the

gronnd, Insect or worm: those waved their limher

fans For wings, and smallest lineaments exact In all the liveries deck'd of summer's pride, With spots of gold and purple, azure and

green: These, as a line, their long dimension drew, Streaking the ground with sinuous trace;

not all Minims of nature; some of serpent kind, Wondrousin length and corpulence, involved Their snaky folds, and added wings. First

crept The parsimonious emmet, provident Of future; in small room large heart enclosed, Pattern of just equality, perhaps Hereafter, joined in her popular trihes Of commonality : swarming next appear'd The female hee, that feeds her hushand drone

Deliciously, and huilds her waxen cells With honey stor'd : the rest are numherless, And thou their nature know'st, and gav'st

them names, Needless to thee repeated; nor unknown The serpent suhtlest heast of all the field, Of huge extent sometimes, with hrazen eyes And hairy mane terrific, though to thee Not noxious, hut ohedient at thy call.

Now Heav'n in all her glory shone, and

roll'd Her motions, as the great first Mover's hand First wheeled their course; Earth in her rich

attiie Consummate lovely smil'd ; air,water, earth, By fowl, fish, heast, was flown, was swum,

was walk'd Frequent; and of the sixth day yet remain'd; There wanted yet the master work, the end Of all yet done; a creature who not prone And hrute as oiher creatures, hut endow'd With sanctity of reason, might erect His stature, and upright with front serene Govern the rest, self-knowing; and from

thence Magnanimous to correspond with Heaven; But grateful toacknowledge whence his good Descends, thither with heart, and voice, and

eyes Directed in devotion, to adore And worship God Supreme, who made him

chief Of all his works: therefore the Omnipotent Eternal Father (for where is not he Present?) thus to his Son audihly spake :—

Let us make now man in our image, Man In our similitude, and let them rule Over the fish and fowl of sea and air, Beast of the field, and over all the Earth, And every creeping thing that creeps the

ground. This said, he form'd thee, Adam, thee, O Man, Dust of the ground, and in thy nostrils

hreathed The hreath of life; in his own image he Created thee, in the image of God Express; and thou hecamest a living soulMale he created thee; hut thy consort Female, for race; then hless'd mankind, and

'said,

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