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On heav'nly ground they stood, and from the shore
They view'd the vast immeasurable Abyss
Outragious as a Sea, dark, wasteful, wild,
Up from the bottom turn'd by furious winds
And surging waves, as Mountains to assault
Heav'ns heighth, and with the Center mix the Pole.

Silence, ye troubl’d waves, and thou Deep, peace, Said then th' Omnific Word, your discord end:

Nor staid, but on the Wings of Cherubim Uplifted, in Paternal Glory rode Far into Chaos, and the World unborn ; For Chaos heard his voice: him all his Train Follow'd in bright procession to behold Creation, and the wonders of his might. Then staid the fervid wheels, and in his hand He took the golden Compasses, prepar'd 223 In God's Eternal store, to circumscribe This Universe, and all created things: One foot he center'd, and the other turn'd Round through the vast profundity obscure, And said, thus far extend, thus far thy bounds, 230 This be thy just Circumference, O World, Thus God the Heav'n created, thus the Earth, Matter unform'd and void: Darkness profound Cover'd th’Abyss: but on the watry calm His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspred, 235 And vit al virtue infus'd, and vital warmth Throughout the fluid Mass, but downward purg'd The black tartareous cold Infernal dregs Adverse to life; then founded, then conglob'd


Like things to like, the rest to several place 240
Disparted, and between spun out the Air,
And Earth self ballanc'd on her Center hung.

Let there be Light, said God, and forthwith Light
Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure
Sprung from the Deep, and from her Native East 245
To journey through the aerie gloom began,
Sphear'd in a radiant Cloud, for yet the Sun
Was not; she in a cloudy Tabernacle
Sojourn'd the while. God saw the Light was good;
And light from darkness by the Hemisphere
Divided: Light the Day, and Darkness Night
He nam’d. Thus was the first Day Eev'n and Morn:
Nor past uncelebrated, nor unsung,
By the Celesial Quires, when Orient Light
Exhaling first from Darkness they beheld;
Birth-day of Heav'n and Earth ; with joy and thout
The hollow universal Orb they fillid,
And touch'd their Golden Harps, and hymning prais'd
God and his works, Creator him they sung,
Both when first Eevning was, and when first Morn.

Again, God said, let there be Firmament
Amid the Waters, and let it divide
The Waters from the Waters: and God made
The Firmament, expanse of liquid, pure,
Transparent, Elemental Air, diffus'd

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In circuit to the uttermost convex
Of this great Round: partition firm and sure,
The Waters underneath from those above
Dividing: for as Earth, so he the World




Built on circumfluous Waters calm, in wide
Cryltallin Ocean, and the loud misrule
Of Chaos far remov'd, left fierce extreams
Contiguous might distemper the whole frame :
And Heav'n he nam'd the Firmament: So Eev'n
And Morning Chorus sung the second Day. 275

The Earth was form’d, but in the Womb as yet
Of Waters, Embryon immature involv'd,
Appear'd not: over all the face of Earth
Main Ocean flow'd, not idle, but with warm
Prolifick humour soft'ning all her Globe, 280
Fermented the great Mother to conceive,
Satiate with genial moisture, when God said
Be gather'd now ye Waters under Heav'n
Into one place, and let dry Land appear.
Immediately the. Mountains huge appear 28 $
Emergent, and their broad bare backs upheave
Into the Clouds, their tops ascend the Sky:
So high as heav'd the tumid Hills, so low
Down sunk a hollow bottom broad and deep,
Capacious bed of Waters : thither they 290
Hasted with glad precipitance, uprowl'd
As drops on dust conglobing from the dry;
Part rise in crystal Wall, or ridge direct,
For haste; such fight the great command impress'd
On the swift foods : as Armies at the call

295 Of Trumpet (for of Armies thou haft heard) Troop to their Standard, so the warry throng, Wave rowling after Wave, where way they found, If steep, with torrent rapture, if through Plain,

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Soft-ebbing; nor withstood them Rock or Hill, 360
But they, or under ground, or circuit wide
With Serpent error wandring, found their way,
And on the way Oose deep Channels wore;
Eatie, e'er God had bid the ground be dry,
All but within those banks, where Rivers now 305
Stream, and perpetual draw their humid crain.
The dry Land, Earth, and the great receptacle
Of congregated Waters he call'd Seas :
And saw that it was good, and said, Let th’Earth
Put forth the verdant Grals, Herb yielding Seed, 310
And Fruit Tree yielding Fruit after her kind;
Whore Seed is in her self


the Earth.
He scarce had said, when the bare Earth, till then
Desert and bare, unsightly, unadorn'd,
Brought forth the tender Grass, whose verdure clad
Her Universal Face with pleasant green,

Then Herbs of every leaf, that sudden flourd
Op'ning their various colours, and made gay
Her bosom smelling sweet : and these scarce blown,
Forth flourish'd thick the cluftring Vine, forth crept
The smelling Gourd, up stood the corny Reed 321
Embattelld in her field : and the humble Shrub,
And Bush with frizi'd hair implicit: last
Rose as in Dance the stately Trees, and spred 324
Their branches hung with copious Fruit; or genım’d
Their blossoms: with high woods the hills were
With tufis thevallies and each fountain side, (crown'd,
With borders long the Rivers. That Earth now
Secm'd like to Heay'n, a seat where Gods might dwell,,

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Or wander with delight, and love to haunt
Her sacred shades: though God had yet not rain'd
Upon the Earth, and man to till the ground
None was, but from the Earth a dewy Mist
Went up and water'd all the ground, and each
Plant of the field, which e'er it was in the Earth 335
God made, and every Herb, before it grew
On the green stem; God saw that it was good.
Eo Eev'n and Morn recorded the Third Day.

Again th’Almighty (pake : Let there be Lights.
High in th’ expanse of Heav'n to divide

The Day from Night; and let them be for signs,
For Seasons, and for Days, and circling Years,
And let them be for Lights as I ordain
Their Office in the Firmament of Heav'n
To give Light on the Earth; and it was so.

And God made two great Lights, great for their use
To Man, the greater to have rule by Day,
The less by Night alterne : and made the Stars,
And set them in the Firmament of Heav'n
To illuminate the Earth, and rule the Day
In their vicissitude, and rule the Night,
And Light from Darkness to divide. God law,
Surveying his great Work, that it was good:
For of Celestial Bowies first the Sun
A mighty Sphere he fram’d, unlightsom first, 355
Tho' of Ethereal Mould: then form'd the Moon
Globose, and every magnitude of Stars,
And sow'd with Stars the Hear'a thick as a field:
Of Light by far the greater part he took,


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