And from the trees and plains from whence they spread,
To stand in glory, led by proud ascent,
I shall now as a sacred song relate. (5)
Oh let the holy spirit's voice be heard,
So that her poet servant may enthuse,
In tongues informed with words of lyric song,
The channelled force of eros sacred power,
For by that power daimonic men create. (10)
Thus sing sweet heavenly muse of matters now,
Which did precede the swift ascent of Man,
Before the empires, battles, blood unshed,
Which are brief moments plucked from centuries,
The merest echoes from the epochs rang.
The Earth Hadean had long aeons past,
Before that animal arose named Man,
Who was not ere created from the clay,
And was not by a great creator formed,
Or planned through Mind's divine all potent force.
T'was from the cosmos wrought by time in space,
A comet plumed with glycine seed did strike,
To shake the sleeping womb of earth awake,
And form primordial soup to cause unborn,
Organic life in raging seas replete.
Be it from lightning, or in thermal vents,
Or floating in the upper atmosphere,
From bubbling foam which spurred by surging tides,
Organic compounds there did concentrate,
And thence from molecules to cells did grow.
From monomers to polymers evolved,
Molecular to cellular and thence,
The bonded forms did strive to multiply,
And synthesise protein and acid chains,
Through enzymes modified to retranslate.
The ribonuculeic acid strands,
With protein and the double helix formed,
Which brought organic matter pon the Earth,
To issue forth and thence to replicate.
An ancient sage proclaimed pneumatic heat,
And elements within all things caused birth,
Sweet water caused true spontaneity,
From rank decay base life did generate.
If autocatalyctic none may know,
It may be panspermia I suppose,
All speak with faith and facts to yield a view,
Which none did witness with their actual sight,
Let then all facts be thought hypothesised.
As embryonic protoplasmic cells,
Men claim the primate from a fish arose,
Evolving till it from the swamps awoke,
To crawl from marshes onto the dry land.
Small mammals with warm blood began to breathe,
Evolving from a strange reptilian,
Synapsids thence Therapsid creatures came,
Before the Primate hominids appeared.
At last the human being did arise,
An offshoot branching from the chimpanzee,
Imbued with humane reason was the tribe,
And one did stand alone in dignity.
Upon the bough Orion noble stood,
His golden hair a mane of crown`ed curls,
Cooled from the withering rays by leaf and wood.
Surveying from the tree his mighty world.
A bolt of lightning in his nature born,
From spark of fire which all within possess,
Was in his body by the passions formed,
To be less harnessed than his thought expressed.
Of God he held no awe of beast no fear, His courage tempered by his spear and shield, He was a channelled being, Heroic force, Didst flow to cause all foes to bow or yield.
Yet in his actions, Lord of his domain, He was a prince that knew no conqueror, Unequalled, rational, But yet untamed, By that wild bestial elements divest.
Orion sought his quarry midst the vines, That framed the vision of his chosen prey, He stalking as it unsuspecting climbed, From tree to tree till on one branch it rest.
The bowstring taut and tight`ning, One eye aligned and true, Its cry alarmed the startled birds, which from the foliage flew, He felt no pang, as straight released, the arrow pierced it through.
Orion traced the flight and from the tree didst claim the prize, A chorused song rang praise and homage at the slayer’s deed, Thence kneeling in the earth he took to prayer, surveyed the skies, His whispering lips thence formed the recitation of his creed:
Oh Cosmic God,
who makes the wheel of stars to rise and fall,
Who caused the night,
To yield the great division of the day,
Accept this humble sacrifice,
Protect my course,
With thy unvanquished force,
All my dread fears that rise allay.
Each step I take in company be,
Each task adorn with ardour,
Each daunting problem, peril, plight,
Resolve in victory.
Assuage my moral weaknesses, enhance my natural virtues,
Make known my mortal failings and my deadly enemies.