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Lay for the Day
26th October

4004 BC: the fourth day of creation, according to the calculation of Archbishop James Ussher. (See 23rd and 24th October. The third day can be found on 23rd December, as part of a more recent cosmic chronology.)
Notice that our earthly day of 24 hours did not come into being until the fourth of the “days” of creation in Genesis.
From the book of Praises:

99. Of Days

[For signs]


Wednesday was for ordering the heavens,
dividing the days and the seasons,
giving dark its portion of light
and day a bed for the night,
making the moon’s mansions
and the stars’ legions,
encamped around
on frosty fields, sound
as they moved or tended
stationary fires, songs ended
in sun’s polyphonic chorale
rising, harmonising overall.
Leaves in waves began, the length of the globe,
to clothe the springs, and autumns to disrobe.

John Gibbens
from Collected Poems
 

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