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And bended dolphins play: part huge of bulk 410
l'egg that foon Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclos'd Their callow young, but feather'd soon and Hedge 420 They fumm'd their pens, and soaring th' air sublime, With clang despis’d the ground, under a cloud In prospect; there the eagle and the fork On cliffs and cedar tops their eyries build: Part loosely wing the region, part more wise 425 In common, rang'd in figure wedge their way, Intelligent of seasons, and set forth Their airy caravan high over seas Flying, and over lands with mutual wing Easing their flight; so steers the prudent crane 430 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 Solac'd the woods, and spread their painted wings Till even; nor then the solemn nightingale
435 Ceas'd warbling, but all night tun'd her soft lays: Others on silver lakes and rivers bath'd 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 fiff pennons, tow'r The mid aereal sky: others on ground Walk'd firm; the crested cock, whose clarion sounds The filent hours; and th' other whose gay train
Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue. 445 Of rainbows ani starry' eyes. The waters thus With fith replenish'd, and the air with fowl, Evening and morn folemniz'd the fifth day.
The sixth, and of creation lalt, arose With evening harps and matin; when God said, 450 Let th'earth bring forth foul living in her kind, Cattle, and creeping things, and bealt of th’earth, Each in their kind. The earth obey'd, and strait Op'ning her fertile womb, teem'd at a birth Innumerous living creatures, perfect fornis, 455 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: 460 Those rare and folitary, these in flocks' Pasturing at once, and in broad herds upsprung The grassy clods now caly'd, now half appear'd The tawny lion, pawing to get free
404 His hiņder parts, then springs as broke from bonds, And rampant shakes his brinded mane; the ounce, The libbard, and the tyger, as the mole Rifing, the crumbled earth above them threw In hillocks: the swift stag from under ground Bore up his branching head: scarce from his mould Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheav'd
471 His vaftness: fleec'd the flocks and bleating rose, As plants: ambiguous between sea and land The river-horse and scaly crocodile. At once came forth whatever creeps the ground, 475 Insect or worm ; those wav'd their limber fans For wings, and smallest lineaments exact In all the liveries deck'd of summer's pride, With foots of gold and purple', azure and green:
These as a line their long dimension drew,
495 Of huge extent sometimes, with brazen eyes And hairy mané terrific, though to thee Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.
Now heav'n in all her glory shone, and rolld Her motions, as the great first Mover's hand 500 First wheel'd their course ; earth in her rich attire Confummate lovely smil'd; air, water, earth, By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was walk'd Frequent; and of the fixth day yet remain'd ; There wanted yet the master-work, the end 505 Of all yet done ; a creature, who not prone And brute, as other creatures, but endu'd With fanctity of reason, might erect His ftature, and upright with front serene Govern the rest, self-knowing, and from thence 510 Magnanimous to correspond with heaven, But grateful to acknowledge whence his good Descends, thither with heart, and voice, and eyes Direded in devotion, to adore
And worship God supreme, who made him chief 515
Let us make now man in our image, man
535 Is yet distinct by name, thence, as thou know'st, He brought thee into this delicious grove, 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 forts are here that all th' earth yields, Variety without end; but of the tree, Which tasted works knowledge of good and evil, Thou may'st not; in the day thou eatst, thou dy'st; Death is the penalty impos'd ; beware, 545 And govern well thy appetite, lelt Sin Surprise thee, and her black attendant Death.
Here finish'd he, and all that he had made View'd, and behold all was entirely good;
So ev'n and morn accomplish'd the fixth day: -550
560 Resounded, thou remember'it, for thou heard'st), The heav'ns and all the constellations rung, The planets in their station liftning stood, While the bright pomp ascended jubilant. Open ye everlasting gates ! they fung;
565 Open, ye heav'ns, your living doors ! let in
great Creator from his work return'd