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Nempe ea, quæ fontes rerum atque elementa fatetxiur,
Materies primas, quibus omnia corpora constant,
Quæque novas sumunt formas. Herbam Unda laborans
Et plantas parit, in terramque coacta rigescit;
Diffusa, assurgit Sphæræ ulterioris in orbem,
Et guttis sensim expansis fluit humidus aer. •

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Particular hæ tenues rursus tolluntur in altum;
Ardescunt motu, clarumque agitantur in ignem:
Mox iterum iste ignis, crasso magis aere victus,
Impulsusque deorsum, utero telluris in amplo,
Permutat partfs, neque cernitur amplius ignis;
Sed pulvis rutilus jacet incoctumque metallum:
Aut penetrans venas per magnæ corpora matris
Relliquias veteres alia sub imagine ponit;
Infusa vires resolutas temperat unda
Mollior, & facili jam flumine lenior exit.

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Divisa a 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 Grafs and Plants, and thickens into Earth:
Diffusd it rises in a higher Sphere; .
Dilates it's Drops, and softens into Air:
Those finer Parts of Air again aspire;'
Move into Warmth, and brighten into Fire:
That Fire once more by thicker Air o'ercome,
And downward sored, 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 lessendForce divides;
Flows into Waves, and rises into Tides.

Disparted Streams shall from their Chanels fly,
And deep surcharg'd by sandy Mountains lye,
Obscurely sepulcherd. By eating Rain,
And furious Wind, down to the distant Plain
The Hill; that hides his Head above1 the Skies,
Shall fall: The Plain by slow Degrees shall rife

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Quam steterant olim suprema cacumina montis:
Sic Natura jubet; peraget, quodjusserit, Ætas.

Omnia sie fa to lapses mutante per annos
Aut levia aut onerosa, minuta aut grandia fiunt:
In nebulas ib'it Jordani lympha futuras,
Tyramidumque fluet diffusa per aera moles:
Tisonis fluctus ætas ventura requires
Et nulla inveniet Baheh signa Viator.

Hæ cum sæpe vices repetantur, mente tuemur
Immota, tanquam naturæ juflerit ordo;
Ast ubi plus solito fors una vel altera surgat,
Magnificum incipiunt portenti ducere nomen.
Implicitos flexus mens indefessa sequatur,
Et ponat dubios operosa Scientia fines:
An nusquam mirac'la extant, an ubique locorum?
Alterutrum sumas; par forsitan error utrinque est.

Avulfum trunco ramum, eflætumque flagellum
Voce statim miffa redivivas trudere frondes
An mirere magis, quam summi culmina clivi
Vi brumæ spoliata altisque immersa pruinis,
Millia vere novo diffiindere millia riorum,

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Higher than erst had stood the Summit-Hill:
For Time must Natures great Behests fulfill.

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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 Tyramtds refine to Air.
Thus later Age shall ask for Pison's Flood;
And Travellers enquire, where Babel stood.

Now where we fee 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 Mœunders trace:
Let Human Wit their dubious Bound ries 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 Decembers Frost, and white with Snow,
Should push, in Spring, ten thousand thousand Buds;

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Et reduces jactare comas, aliumque virorem?
Æthere diviso, noctis redeuntibus umbris,
Ambrosios hominum gentetn decerpere fructus,
An inirere magis, solito quam pane recentes
Ducere perpetuo languentia corpora vires;
Et semen granumque, solo commissa fideli,
Addere opes cumulis, & multiplicata renasci;
Quæque manu parca sulcis modo sparsit arator,
Mox onerare solum, lætasque effundere- messes?

Quæ fe cunque igitur dant sensibus obvia nostris,
Seu vulgata palam feu mira recondita rerum,
Legibus a fixis naturæ five folutis
Provenianti his perspectis id vincitur, omnem
Effectum propriæ deduci ab origine Caufæ.
Hinc certis gradibus fe paulatim altius effert,
Et longæ afcendens per nexum quemque catenæ,
Surgit adhuc, donee cernat quandoque necesse est
Principium & Fontem vitæ, Numenque supremum,
Quod stetit a primis, & in ultima sæcula stabit.. '■■

'Hunc magnum monstrante Deum Ratione magistra, Æternum,omnipotehteni,atque omni ex parte beaturri; Illius an vires animo metimur, & arctis

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