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Week's End. For, to fet afide this naming of the Ani-
mals, which, to confider tlie Nature of each, and to a-
dapt them a Name to it, would require no fmall Time ;
let us fee what a hurry there muft be, for the Tranfadlion
of other Matters. In the firft Place, there were fo many
Thoufand of Animals created, then there was a Counfel
called for the Creation of Mnn, who had at firft a Body
form.ed out of Clay, and a Soul breathed into it by God ;
then Adam falls afleep, and had a Miftrefs formed out of
one of his Ribs ; when he wakes, he performs (as muft
be fuppofed) feme Ceremonies of Courtlliip to the new-
found LadA^ eains her AfFeclions, and celebrates an ex-
temporary Marriage ; the Woman leaves her new Huf-
band, and falls a parlying with an ugly Serpent, or the
Devil, about an Apple ; after a deal of arguing Fro and
Con^ the Woman yields to the Beaft, eats the Apple,
tempts her Musband, makes his Mouth water, and he
eats too ; then their Nature is altered, they lofe their
Glory and their Senfe, find out one another's blind Side,
are ailiamed of their Nakednefs, commence Tailors extern-
fore^ few Fig-leaves together and make themfelves fine
green Aprons. Then God in the Evening comes into the
Garden; the guilty Criminals hide themfelves in the
Thickets; God fummons them, they appear, there is a
fair Hearing of the Caufe, they make their Excufes, and
after a full Examination, God decrees to the Man, Wo-
man, and Serpent, the Punifnments they had merited.
Then they are drove out of Paradife, two Angels with
biandill^t Swords are fet Centinels at the Garden-door,
and poor Adam and Eve are foiced into tlie Woods, to
take up their Lodging among the Beafts. So that here
is almoft the whole Opera of the Creation of the World per-
formed this Day ; and there is but a very little Time left,
for Adam's making his Vocabulary, and reading his Phi-
lofophy-Ledurcs. I am unwilling to tcize you with Ab-
furdities I could raife fiom all thefe Particulars , but one
Thing I muft needs tell you lies crcfs my Threat mighti-



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ly, which I can never fwallow ; and that Is to confider
what a nimble March the grave Elephants miifl: make
fi-om India to Eden ,вАҐ and what a ftrange Rendezvouz there
mufl be of Gemlian Lions and Greenland Bears, of Guinean
Monkeys and EngUfi MaftifFs, and all to travel fo far at
io fhort a Warning, and in fo little a Time* Pray, good
Credentivu-i help out a poor Unbeliever, in the midfl of
thefe Difficulties.

Cred, But fuppofing, Philologns, we fliould deny all No confu
this which you take for granted, that the Matter of all f^^^ hudd.
this Relation was tranfaded in one Day, and that the Ani- f ^'^^ ^^f
mals took fo long a Journey to \^^ait on Adam ; tlien all 'th^ ii^th
this fine Harangue falls to nothing. And indeed I do Days:Vor
not fee any Thing in Scripture to countenance it ; it is
only the general Opinion of the Schools, who fuppofe
the Fall of Man to have happened the firfl: Day of his
Creation ; and this is grounded upon an Argument, which
I fee nothing in ; which is, becaufe otherwife Ada^



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