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Lay for the Day
24th October

4004 BC: the second day of creation, according to the calculation of Archbishop James Ussher (see 23rd October).
From the book of Praises:

99. Of Days

[And it was so]


The work of the first of these days was all matter,
all time and all space and all light.
The next was stormy Monday, when nothing was made
but order. That seamless ocean
the breath of making moved over, brooding, being
itself divided from nothing
but God, was split, by the second day’s work, in half.

Space, being present but formless,
became a structure part was turned away above
and part beneath, and dark and light
were joined, as first-born children of God and not-God,
by the many twins that followed –
left and right, before and after, plus and minus –
which were fruitful and multiplied.

 
John Gibbens
from Collected Poems
 

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