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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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BOOK I. THE FIRST AGE OF THE WORLD. FROM THE CREATION OF THE WORLD TO THE DELUGE. B.C. 4004—2349. THE CREATION—ADAM IS DBIYEK FBOM PARADISE —-GAD? AND ABEL—NOAH. CH. I.—The Creation of the World. IN six days God accomplished the creation of the world. On the first day he made the light. On the second day he poised the firmament of heaven in the midst of the waters : the waters themselves, and the earth, together with the upper heaven, and those virtues which enabled them to praise their maker, having been created before the beginning of these six days. On the third day, having collected the waters, which had previously covered everything, into their place, he bade the dry land appear. On the fourth day he placed the stars in the firmament of heaven, and that day, as far as we can now collect, by a calculation of the equinox, was the twelfth day of the calends of April (March 21). On the fifth day he created all swimming and flying and breathing creatures. On the sixth day he formed the terrestrial animals, and the man Adam himself, in the district of Damascus ; and from the side of Adam, while he was sleeping, he produced Eve, the mother of all living. And the day on which he did this, was, according to the most credible conjecture, the tenth of the calends of April (March 23). From which circumstance, it is deservedly believed, (unless some more probable opinion shall be maintained hereafter,) that on this same tenth day of the calends of April the Lord was crucified. For God appointed that on one and the same day, not only of the week, second Adam, having been con- B 2


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