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His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspread, 235
Let there be light, faid God; and forth with light
Again God said, Let there be firmament 261.
Built on circumfluous waters calm, in wide
The earth was form’d, but in the womb as yet
290 Hasted with glad precipitance, uprollid As drops on dust conglobing from the dry; Part rise in crystal wall, or ridge direct, For halte; fuch flight the great command impress'a On the swift floods: as armies at the call
295 Of trumpet (for of armies thou hast heard) Troop to their standard, so the wat'ry throng, Wave rolling after wave, where way they found, If steep, with torrent rapture, if through plain, Soft ebbing: nor withstood them rock or hill, 300 . But they, or under ground, or circuit wide With ferpent-error wand'ring, found their way, And on the washy oofe deep channels wore; Easy, ere God had bid the ground be dry,
All but within those banks, where rivers now
3053 Stream, and perpetual draw their humid train. 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 grass, herb yielding feed, 3103 And fruit tree yielding fruit after her kind, Whose seed is in herself upon the earth, He scarce had said, when the bare earth, till them Desert and bare, unfightly, unadorn'd, Brought forth the tender grass, whose verdure clad Her universal face with pleasant green; Then herbs of every leaf, that sudden flower'd Opening their various colours, and made gay Her bosom smelling sweet: and these scarce blown, Forth flourish'd thick the clust'ring vine, forth crept. The smelling gourd, up stood the corny reed
32.13 I'mbattled in her field, and th' humble shrub, And bush with frizzled hair implicit : last Rose as in dance the stately trees, and spread Their branches hung with copious fruit, or gemm’d Their blossoms: with high woods the hills were crown'd;. With tufts the valleys, and each fountain-fide, With borders long the rivers : that earth now Seem'd like to heaven, a seat where gods might dwell Or wander with delight, and love to haunt 334 Her sacred shades: tho'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 eachi Plant of the field, which, ere it was in th' earth, 335 God made, and every herb, before it grew On the green stem; God saw that it was good: So even and morn recorded the third day.
Again th’Almighty fpake, Let there be lights High in th'expanse of heaven, 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 heaven, To give light on the earth; and it was fo. 345 And God made two great lights, great for their use To man, the greater to have rule by day, The less by night, altern; and made the Aars, And set them in the firmament of heaven, To'illuminate the earth, and rule the day In their viciflitude, and rule the night, And light from darkness to divide. God saw, Surveying his great work, that it was good : For of celestial bodies first the fun A mighty sphere he fram'd, unlightsome first, 355 Tho' of ethereal mould: then form'd the moon Globose, and every magnitude of stars, And fow'd with stars the heav'n thick as a field : Of light by far the greater part he took, Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and plac'd 360 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, 365 And hence the morning planet gilds her horns ; By tincture or reflection they augment Their small peculiar, tho' from human fight So far remote, with diminution feen. First in his east the glorious lamp was seen, 37 Regent of day, and all th’horizon round Invested with bright rays, jocund to run His longitude thro' heaven's high road; the gray
Dawn, and the Pleiades before him danc'd,
And God said, Let the waters generate
390 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 multiply'd on th'earth. Forthwith the founds and seas, each creek and bay, With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals
400 Of fish, that with their fins and shining scales Glide under the green wave, in feulls that oft Bank the mid sea : part single or with mate Graze the fea-weed their pasture, and thro' groves Of coral stray; or sporting with quick glance. 405 Show to the fun their wav'd coats dropt with gold;. Or in their pearly shells at eafè, attend Moist nutriment; or under rocks their food In jointed armour watch: on smooth the seal,