I should keep well within the limit of that early excess now, and should not liken the creation
of Shakespeare to the creation
of any heavenly body bigger, say, than one of the nameless asteroids that revolve between Mars and Jupiter.
I doubted at first whether I should attempt the creation
of a being like myself, or one of simpler organization; but my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complete and wonderful as man.
Many lands saw Zarathustra, and many peoples: no greater power did Zarathustra find on earth than the creations
of the loving ones--"good" and "bad" are they called.
Nothing less than the creation
of man and nature is its end.
They establish the great age of the island, an opinion which the builders of theories concerning, the creation
of the various groups in the South Seas are not always inclined to admit.
To those who live in the narrow circle of human interests and human feelings, there ever exists, unheeded, almost unnoticed, before their very eyes, the most humbling proofs of their own comparative insignificance in the scale of creation
, which, in the midst of their admitted mastery over the earth and all it contains, it would be well for them to consider, if they would obtain just views of what they are and what they were intended to be.
At the Creation
, animals of all kinds which had been kept chained up were let loose suddenly, and ran among the people, while pigeons set free from cages flew over their heads.
"I am not at all surprized," answered the other, "that to one whose affections and thoughts are fixed on the world my hours should appear to have wanted employment in this place: but there is one single act, for which the whole life of man is infinitely too short: what time can suffice for the contemplation and worship of that glorious, immortal, and eternal Being, among the works of whose stupendous creation
not only this globe, but even those numberless luminaries which we may here behold spangling all the sky, though they should many of them be suns lighting different systems of worlds, may possibly appear but as a few atoms opposed to the whole earth which we inhabit?
Browning's chosen subject-matter: "Every man is for him an epitome of the universe, a centre of creation
." It is always the particular soul, and the particular act or episode, as the flower of the particular soul--the act or episode by which its quality comes to the test--in which he interests us.
To the men who fought against the rising truths of physical philosophy, it seemed that if they admitted that truth it would destroy faith in God, in the creation
of the firmament, and in the miracle of Joshua the son of Nun.
They prayed: "Endow them with continence and fruitfulness, and vouchsafe that their hearts may rejoice looking upon their sons and daughters." They alluded to God's creation
of a wife from Adam's rib "and for this cause a man shall leave father and mother, and cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh," and that "this is a great mystery"; they prayed that God would make them fruitful and bless them, like Isaac and Rebecca, Joseph, Moses and Zipporah, and that they might look upon their children's children.
He is from everlasting to everlasting -- such as creation
's dawn beheld he fooleth now.