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Surveying his great work, that it was good :
For of celestial bodies first the sun,
A mighty sphere, he framed, unlightsome first,
Though of etherial mold: then formod the moon
Globose, and every magnitude of stars,
And sow'd with stars the heaven, thick as a field.
Of light by far the greater part he took,
Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and placed
In the sun's orb, made porous to receive
And drink the liquid light; firm to retain
Her gather'd beams, great palace now of light.
Hither, as to their fountain, other stars
Repairing, in their golden urns draw light:
And hence the morning-planet gilds her horns.
By tincture or reflection they augment
Their small peculiar, though from human sight
So far remote, with diminution seen.
First in his east the glorious lamp was seen,
Regent of day, and all the’horizon round
Invested with bright rays, jocund to run
His longitude through heaven's high road: the grey
Dawn, and the Pleiades before him danced,
Shedding sweet influence. Less bright the moon,
But opposite in levell’d west was set,
His mirror, with full face borrowing her light
From him; for other light she needed none
In that aspéct; and still that distance keeps
Till night: then in the east her turn she shines,
Revolved on heaven's great axle, and her reign
With thousand lesser lights dividual holds,
With thousand thousand stars, that then appear'd
Spangling the hemisphere. Then first adorn'd
With their bright luminaries that set and rose,
Glad evening and glad morn crown'd the fourth day.

· And God said, 'Let the waters generate Reptile with spawn abundant, living soul: And let fowl fly above the earth, with wings Display'd on the

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firmament of heaven.' And God created the great whales, and each Soul living, each that crept, which plenteously The waters generated by their kinds; And every bird of wing after his kind; And saw that it was good, and bless'd them, saying, • Be fruitful, multiply, and in the seas, And lakes, and running streams, the waters fill; And let the fowl be multiplied on the earth.' Forthwith the sounds and seas, each creek and bay, With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals Of fish that with their fins, and shining scales, Glide under the green wave, in sculls that oft Bank the mid sea: part single, or with mate, Graze the sea-weed their pasture, and through

groves Of coral stray; or, sporting with quick glance, Show to the sun their waved coats dropp'd with Or, in their pearly shells at ease, attend [gold; Moist nutriment; or under rocks their food In jointed armour watch: on smooth the seal And bended dolphins play: part huge of bulk Wallowing unwieldy', enormous in their gait, Tempest the ocean: there leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, on the deep, Stretch'd like a promontory, sleeps or swims, And seems a moving land; and at his gills Draws iu, and at his trunk sponts out a sea. Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens, and shores, Their brood as numerous hatch, from the egg

that Bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclosed (soon,

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Their callow young: but feather'd soon and fledge They summ'd their pens; and, soaring the air

sublime, With clang despised the ground, under a cloud In prospect: there the eagle and the stork On cliffs and cedar tops their eyries build. Part loosely wing the region; part more wise In common, ranged in figure, wedge their way, Intelligent of seasons, and set forth Their aery caravan, high over seas Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing Easing their flight: so steers the prudent crane Her annual voyage, borne on winds: the air Floats as they pass, fann'd with unnumber'd

plumes. From branch to branch the smaller birds with song Solaced the woods, and spread their painted wings Till even :, nor then the solemn nightingale Ceased warbling, but all night tuned her soft lays. Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bathed Their downy breast: the swan with arched neck, Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows Her state with oary feet: yet oft they quit The dank, and, rising on stiff pennons, tower The mid aërial sky. Others on ground Walk'd firm; the crested cock whose clarion sounds The silent hours, and the other whose gay

train Adorns him, color'd with the florid hue Of rainbows and starry eyes.

The waters thus With fish replenish'd, and the air with fowl, Evening and morn solemnized the fifth day.

“ The sixth, and of creation last, arose With evening harps and matin; when God said, Let the' earth bring forth soul living in her kind,

Cattle, and creeping things, and beast of the earth,
Each in their kind.' The earth obey'd, and straight
Opening her fertile womb teem'd at a birth
Innumerous living creatures, perfect forms,
Limb’d and full grown. Out of the ground up rose,
As from his lair, the wild beast where he wons
In forest wild, in thicket, brake, or den.
Among the trees in pairs they rose, they walk'd:
The cattle in the fields and meadows green:
Those rare and solitary, these in flocks
Pasturing at once, and in broad herds

upsprung. The grassy

clods now calved: now half appear’d The tawny lion, pawing to get free His hinder parts; then springs as broke from bonds, And rampant shakes his brinded mane. The ounce, The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw In hillocks: the swift stag from underground Bore up his branching head. Scarce from his mold Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheaved His vastness. Fleeced the flocks and bleating rose, As plants: ambiguous between sea and land The river-horse, and scaly crocodile. At once came forth whatever

the ground, Insect or worm: those waved their limber fans For wings, and smallest lineaments exact In all the liveries deck'd of summer's pride With spots of gold and purple, azure and green : These, as a line, their long dimension drew, Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; not all Minims of nature: some of serpent-kind, Wondrous in length and corpulence, involved Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept The parsimonious emmet, provident

creeps

Of future; in small room large heart enclosed ;,
Pattern of just equality perhaps
Hereafter, joined in her popular tribes
Of commonalty. Swarming next appear'd
The female bee, that feeds her husband drone
Deliciously, and builds her waxen cells
With honey stored. The rest are numberless,
And thou their natures know'st, and gavest them
Needless to thee repeated : nor unknown (names,
The serpent, subtlest beast of all the field,
Of huge extent sometimes, with brazen eyes
And hairy mane terrific; though to thee
Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.

« Now heaven in all her glory shone, and rolld
Her motions, as the great first Mover’s hand
First wheel'd their course. Earth in her rich attire
Consummate lovely smiled: air, water, earth,
By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was

walk'd, Frequent; and of the sixth day yet remain'd. There wanted yet the master-work, the end Of all yet done; a creature, who, not prone And brute as other creatures, but endued With sanctity of reason, might erect His stature, and upright with front serene Govern the rest, self-knowing; and from thence Magnanimous to correspond with Heaven; But grateful to acknowledge whence his good Descends, thither with heart, and voice, and eyes Directed in devotion, to adore And worship God Supreme, who made him chief Of all his works: therefore the Omnipotent Eternal Father (for where is not he Present ?) thus to his Son audibly spake:

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