Deus pater formans Adam de lymo terre, et faciens Evam de
costa Ade et inspirans eos spiritu vite.
GOD ¶In heaven and earth the course is seen
Of five days' work even unto the end,
I have completed by courses clean;
Methinks the space of them well spent.
In heaven are angels fair and bright,
Stars and planets their course to go;
The moon serveth unto the night,
The sun to light the day also.
In earth are trees and grass to spring,
Beasts and fowls both great and small,
Fishes in flood, each other thing
Thrive they, and have my blessing all.
And yet can I here no beast see
That accords by kind and skill,
And for my works might worship me.
For perfect work now were it none,
Save that were made to give it care.
For love made I this world alone;
Therefore my love shall there appear.
To keep this world both more and less
A skilful beast then will I make
After my shape and my likeness,
The which shall worship to me take.
Of the simplest part of earth that's here
I shall make man: My motive still,
For to abate his haughty cheer,
Both his great pride and other ill,
And also to have in his mind
How simple he is at his making,
His feeble state still shall he find