EARTH. BOOK II
Concerning the Primæval Earth, and concerning Paradise.
The Introduction and Contents of the Second Book.
The general state of the Primceval Earth, and of
WE have already seen a World begin and
perish; An Earth rais'd from the rudiments of a Chaos, and dissolv'd and
destroy'd in an Universal Deluge. We
have given also an imperfect description of that Primæval Earth, so far as
was necessary to show the causes and manner of its
dissolution. But we must not content our selves
with this; Seeing that Earth was the first Theater
upon which mortals appear'd and acted, and continued so for above Sixteen hundred Years; and that
with Scenes, as both Reason and History tell us, very
extraordinary and very different from these of our