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With thousand lesser lights dividual holds, The callow young, but feather'd soon and With thousand thousand stars, that then fledge appear'd

They summ'd their pens, and soaring th' air Spangling the bemisphere: then first adorn'd sublime With their bright luminaries that set and With clang despis'd the ground under a cloud rose,

In prospect; there the eagle and the stork Glad Ev’ning and glad Morn crowu'd the On cliffs and cedar-tops their eyries build: fourth day.

Part loosely wing the region, part more wise

In common, ranged in figure, wedge their And God said, Let the waters generate

way, Reptile with spawn abundant, living soul : Intelligent of seasons, and set forth And let fowl fly above the Earth, with wings | Their aëry caravan, high over seas Display'd on the open firmament of Heav'n. Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing And God created the great whales, and each Easing their flight; so steers the prudent Soul living, each that crept, which plent- crane eously

Her annual voyage, borne op winds; th' air The waters generated by their kinds, Floats as they pass, fann'd with annumber'd And every bird of wing after his kind ;

plumes : And saw that it was good, and bless'd them, From branch to branch the smaller birds

saying, Be fruitful, multiply, and in the seas, Solaced the woods, and spread their painted And lakes, and running streams the waters wings

Till even ; nor then the solemn nightingale And let the fowl be multiply'd on th’ Earth. Ceased warbling, but all night tuned her Forth with the sounds and seas, each creek soft lays : and bay,

Others, op silver lakes and rivers, bathed With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals Their downy breast; the swan with arched Of fish that with their fins and shining scales neck, Glide under the green wave, in sculls that oft Between her wbite wings mantling proudly, Bank the mid sea : part single, or with mate Graze the sea weed their pasture, and Her state with oary feet; yet oft they quit through groves

The dank, and, rising on stiff pennons, tower Of coral stray, or sporting with quick glance The mid aerial sky: others on ground Shew to the sun their wav'd coats dropt | Walk'd firm; the crested cock whose clarion with gold,

sounds Or in their pearly shells at ease, attend The silent hours, and the other whose gay Moist nutriment, or under rocks their food train In jointed armour watch: on smooth the Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue seal,

Of rainbows and starry eyes. The waters And bended dolphins play : part huge of bulk thus Wallowing unwieldly, enormous in their With fish replenish'd, and the air with fowl, gait

Evening and morn solemniz'd the fifth day, Tempest the ocean : there Leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, on the deep The sixth, and of creation last, arose Stretch'd like a promontory, sleeps or swims, With evening harps and matin ; when God And seems a moving land, and at his gills said, Draws in, and at his trunk spouts ont, a sea. Let the Earth bring forth soul living in her Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens, and kind, shores,

Cattle, and creeping things, and beast of Their brood as numerous hatch, from th' th' Earth, egg that soon

Each in their kind. The Earth obey'd, and Bursting with kindly rapture forth disclos'd straight


Opening her fertile womb teem'd at a birth, Deliciously, and builds her waxen cells Innumerous living creatures, perfect forms, With honey stor'd: the rest are numberless, Limb'd and full grown ; out of the ground And thou their nature know'st, and gav'st u prose,

them names, As from bis lair, the wild beast where he Needless to thee repeated; nor unknown dwells

The serpent subtlest beast of all the field, In forest wild, in thicket, brake, or den ; Of huge extent sometimes, with brazen eyes Among the trees in pairs they rose, they And hairy mane terrific, though to thee walk'd :

Not noxious, but obedient at thy cail. The cattle in the fields and meadows green: Those rare and solitary, these in flocks Now Heav'n in all her glory shone, and Pastaring at once, and in broad herds up- roll'd sprung

Her motions, as the great first Mover's hand The grassy clods now calved; now half ap- First wheeled their course; Earth in her rich pear'd

attire The tawny lion, pawing to get free

Consummate lovely smild; air,water, earth, His hinder parts, then springs as broke from By fowl, tish, beast, was flown, was swum, bonds,

was walk'd And rampant shakes his brinded mane; the Frequent; and of the sixth day yet remain'd; ounce,

There wanted yet the master work, the end The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole Of all yet done; a creature who not prone Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw And brate as other creatures, but endow'd In billocks: the swift stag from under ground with sanctity of reason, might erect Bore up his branching head : scarce from His stature, and upright with front serene his mould

Govern the rest, self-knowing; and from Behemoth biggest born of earth, upheaved thence His vastness : fleeced the focks and bleat- Magnanimous to correspond with Heaven ; ing rose,

But grateful to acknowledge whence his good As plants : ambiguous between sea and land Descends, thither with heart, and voice, and The river-horse, and scaly crocodile.

eyes At once came forth whatever creeps the Directed in devotion, to adore ground,

And worship God Supreme, who made him Insect or worm: those waved their limber chief fans

Of all his works : therefore the Omnipotent For wings, and smallest lineaments exact Eternal Father (for where is not he In all the liveries deckd of summer's pride, Present?) thus to his Son audibly spake :With spots of gold and purple, azure and green:

Let us make now man in our image, Man These, as a line, their long dimension drew, In our similitude, and let them rule Streaking the ground with sinuous trace ; Over the fish and fowl of sea and air, not all

Beast of the field, and over all the Earth, Minims of nature; some of serpent kind, And every creeping thing that creeps the Wondrous in length and corpulence, involved ground. Their snaky folds, and added wings. First This said, he form'd thee, Adam, thee, O Man, crept

Dust of the ground, and in thy nostrils The parsimunious emmet, provident

breathed Of future; in sınall room large heart en- The breath of life ; in his own image he closed,

Created thee, in the image of God Pattern of just equality, perhaps

Express; and thou becamest a living soul. Hereafter, joined in her popular tribes Male he created thee; but thy consort Of commonality: swarming next appeard Female, for race; then bless'd mankind, and The female bee, that feeds her husband drone


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Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth; Delighted ; and with frequent intercourse Subdue it, and throughout dominion bold

Thither will send his winged messengers Over fish of the sea, and fowl of the air,

On errands of supernal grace.
And every living thing that moves on the

Wherever thus created, for no place
Is yet distinct by name, thence, as thou

He brought thee into this delicious grove,

THE WORKS OF GOD PRAISING This garden, planted with the trees of God,

Delectable both to behold and taste;
And freely all their pleasant fruit for food

Gave thee; all sorts are here that all the
Earth yields,

SING thy Creator's praise, and own
Variety without end; but of the tree, Him greatest-wisest-Gud alone.
Which, tasted, works knowledge of good He wraps himself in robes of light,
and evil,

And, clothed in garments pure and bright Thou may'st not; in the day thou eat'st, Of honor and of majesty, thou diest;

He makes the skies His canopy.
Death is the penalty imposed ; beware,
And govern well thy appetite ; lest Sin The pillars of His temple are
Surprise thee,and her black attendant Death. Built on the ocean ; and his car,

The clouds of heaven. Th' Eternal Mind
Here finish'd he, and all that he had made Rides on the pinions of the wind :
View'd, and behold all was entirely good; A thousand spirits wait His will,
So even and morn accomplish'd the sixth And, touch'd with fire, his word fulfil.

day ;

Yet not till the Creator from his work Thou reard'st the universe sublime
Desisting, though unwearied, up return'd, On arches of unshaken time-
Up to the Heaven of Heavens, his bigh | And wrap'dst this vast terraqueous globe

With the deep waters as a robe-
Thence to behold this new created world, And bad'st the eternal hills sustain
T'he addition of his empire, how it show'd The o’erhanging pregnant clouds of rain.
In prospect from his throne, how good, how

At Thy decree the waters fallAnswering his great idea. Up he rode They hasten at Thy thunder's call; Follow'd with acclamation, and the sound Down from the rocky height they gash, Symphonious of ten thousand harps, that And thru' the thirsty valleys rush tuned

On to the vast receptacle, Angelic harmonies: the earth, the air Where Thou hast bid the waters dwell. Resounded (thou remember'st, for thou heards’t,)

There hast Thou girt them with a shore, The heavens and all the constellations ring; That they may flood the earth no more: The planets in their station listening stood, While thousand and ten thousand rills, While the bright pomp ascended jubilant. Wand'ring among the mazy hills, Open, ye everlasting gates ! they sung, Fresh from their sparkling fountain burst, Open, ye Heavens! your living doors; let in Where the wild asses quench their thirst. The great Creator from his work return'd Magnificent, bis six days work, a World; 'Tis there, along the streamlet's side, Open, and henceforth oft; for God will The winged fowls of heaven abide ; deign

Among the waving boughs they sing, To visit oft the dwellings of just men, That overhang the crystal spring:

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The mighty, the unbounded sea,
(Image of Thine immensity !)
Fill'd with ten thousand creatures-all
Sharing Thy care, the great, the small;
The whale's gigantic mass—the swarms
Of unseen myriads' insect-forms.

If daring worldly ones contemn
That Power, whose glance might scatter


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