Lay for the Day23rd
4004 BC, 9am: God begins the creation, according to the calculation of
Archbishop James Ussher.
who was born in Dublin on 4th January 1581 and died in Reigate, Surrey
on 21st March 1656, is most remembered nowadays for this fantastic-seeming
dating. He was a scrupulous biblical scholar, however, and did valuable
work in that field.
the book of Praises:
face of the deep]
Silently made a beginning,
from which singularity time,
exploding its Sunday, made space
out of nowhere. Matter, the earth,
though existent, pregnant nothing
was yet to be delivered of.
Nothing contained it, it contained
nothing. Was it desire to speak
made all for its sake all being
one before, requiring no word?
Then to the page, the stage and place
he had shaped to receive it, spoke
the first of chances not knowing
first that the light was good? It was.
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