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Nempe ea, quæ fontes rerum atque elementa fatemur,
Materies primas, quibus omnia corpora constant,
Quæque novas sumunt formas. Herbam Unda laborans
Et plantas parit, in terramque coacta rigefcit;
Diffufa, assurgit Sphæræ ulterioris in orbem,
Et guttis sensim expansis fluit humidus aer.
Particulæ hæ tenues rursùs tolluntur in altum;
Ardescunt motų, clarumque agitantur in ignem:
Mox iterum iste ignis, craffo magis aere victus,
Impulsusque deorsùm, utero telluris in amplo,
Permutat partes, neque cernitur amplius ignis;
Sed pulvis rutilus jacet incoctumque metallum:
Aut penetrans -yenas per magnæ corpora matris
Relliquias veteres alia sub imagine ponit;
Infusa vires resolutas temperat unda
Mollior, & facili jam flumine lenior exit.

Divisa à notis rapientur flumina ripis, Immensumque ferent cumulatæ pondus arenæ, Mersa nigro in tumulo. Pluvia corrosus edaci, Ventorumque minis, descendet ad usque jacentem Planitiem, mons qui caput inter nubila condit: Planities gradibus surget sublimior æquis,

Quam

Of those Materials, which have been confess'd
The pristine Springs, and Parents of the rest,
Each becomes other. Water stop'd gives Birth
To Grass and Plants, and thickens into Earth:
Diffus'd it rises in a higher Sphere;
Dilates it's Drops, and softens into Air:
Those finér Parts of Air again aspire;'
Move into Warmth, and brighten into Fire:
That Fire once more by thicker Air o'ercome,
And downward forc'd, in Earth's capacious Womb
Alters it's Particles: is Fire no more;
But lies resplendent Dust, and shining Oar;
Or running thro’the mighty Mother's Veins,
Changes it's Shape; put off it's old Remains;
With wat’ry Parts it's lefsen'd Force divides;
Flows into Waves, and rises into Tides.

Disparted Streains shall from their Chanels fly,
And deep surcharg’d by sandy Mountains lye,
Obscurely fepulcher'd. By eating Rain,
And furious Wind, down to the distant Plain
The Hill, that hides his Head above the Skies,
Shall fall: The Plain by flow Degrees shall rife

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Quàm fteterant olim fuprema cacumina montis:
Sic Natura jubet; peraget, quod jufferit, Ætas.

Omnia fic fato lapsos mutante per annos
Aut levia aut onerofa, minuta aut grandia fiunt:
In nebulas ibit Jordani lympha futuras,
Pyramidumque fluet diffusa per aera moles :
Pifonis fluctus ætas ventura requiret,
Et nulla inveniet Babeli signa Viator.

Hæ cum fæpe vices repetantur, mente tuemur
Immota, tanquam naturæ jufferit ordo;
Aft ubi plus solito fòrs una vel altera surgat,
Magnificum incipiunt portenti ducere nomen.
Implicitos flexus mens indefeffa fequatur,
Et ponat dubios operosa Scientia fines :
An nusquam mirac'la extant, an ubique locorum?
Alterutrum sumas; par forfitan error utrinque est.

Avulsum trunco ramum, effætumque flagellum Voce ftatim miffa redivivas trudere frondes An mirere magis, quàm fummi culmina clivi Vi brumæ fpoliata altisque immersa pruinis, Millia vere novo diffundere millia florum,

Et

Higher than er'ft had stood the Summit-Hill:
For Time must Nature's great Behests fulfill.

Thus by a length of Years, and Change of Fate, All Things are light or heavy, small or great : Thus JORDAN'S Waves shall future Clouds appear; And EGYPT's Pyramids refine to Air. Thus later Age shall ask for Pison's Flood; And Travellers enquire, where BABEL ftood.

Now where we see these changes often fall,
Sedate we pass them by, as Natural:
Where to our Eye more rarely they appear,
The Pompous Name of Prodigy they bear:
Let active Thought these close Meanders trace:
Let Human Wit their dubious Boundries place.
Are all Things Miracle; or nothing such?
And prove We not too little, or too much?

For that a Branch cut off, a wither'd Rod Should at a Word pronounc'd revive and bud: Is this more strange, than that the Mountain's Brow, Strip'd by December's Frost, and white with Snow, Should push, in Spring; ten thousand thousand Buds;

And

Et reduces jactare comas, aliumque virorem?
Æthere diviso, noctis redeuntibus umbris,
Ambrosios hominum gentem decerpere fructus,
An mirere magis, folito quàm pane recentes
Ducere perpetuò languentia corpora vires;
Et semen granumque, folo commiffa fideli,
Addere opes cumulis, & multiplicata renasci;
Quæque manu parca fulcis modo sparsit arator,
Mox onerare folum, lætafque effundere messes ?

Quæ fe cunque igitur dant fenfibus obvia noftris, Seu vulgata palàm seu mira recondita rerum, Legibus à fixis naturæ five solutis Proveniant, his perspectis id vincitur, omnem Effectum propriæ deduci ab origine Caufæ. Hinc certis gradibus fe paulatim altius effert, Et longæ ascendens per nexum quemque catenæ, Surgit adhuc, donec cernat quandoque necesse est Principium & Fontem vitæ, Numenque supremum, Quod ftetit à primis, & in ultima fæcula ftabit.

• Hune magnum monftrante Deum Ratione magistra, Æternum,omnipotentem,atque omni ex parte beatum; Illius an vires animo metimur, & arctis

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