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Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue

445 Of rainbows and starry' eyes. The waters thus With fith replenish'd, and the air with fowl, Ev'ning and morn folemniz'd the fifth day.

The sixth, and of creation last, arose
With ev'ning harps and matin ; when God said, 450
Let th' earth bring forth fous living in her kind,
Cattle, and creeping things, and beast 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 forms, 455
Limb’d and full grown: Cut 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'];
The cattle in the fields and

Those rare and folitary, thiefe in flocks
Pasturing at once, and in broad herds upsprung.
The grassy clods now calv'd, now half appear'd
The tawny lion, pawing to get


464 His hinder parts, then springs as broke from bonds, And: rampant shakes his brinded mane; the ounce, The libbard, and the tyger, as the mole* Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw In hillocks: the swift ftag from under ground: Bore up his branching headi: fcarce from his mould Behemoth; biggest born of earth; upheav'd His vastnefs: flčec'd the flocks and bleating rose, As plants: ambiguous between sea and land The river-horse and scally crocodile. At once came forth whatever creeps the ground, 475 Insect or worm: those wav'd their limber fans For wings, and smallest lineaments exacti In all the liveries deck'd of summer's pride, With spots of gold and purple', azare and green :



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These as a line their long dimension drew,
Streaking the ground with finuous trace; not all
Minims of nature; some of ferpent-kind,
Wondrous in length and corpulence, involv'd
Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept
The parsimonious emmet, provident

Of future, in small room large heart inclos'd,
Pattern of juft equality perhaps
Hereafter, joined in her popular tribes
Of commonalty : fwarming next appear'd
The female bee, that feeds her husband drone

Deliciously, and builds her waxen cells
With honey stor'd: the rest are numberless,
And thou their natures know'st, and gav'st them names,
Needless to thee repeated ; nor unknown
The serpent, subtlest beast of all the field, 495
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 rollid
Nor motions, as the great first Mover's hand 500
First wheel'd their course; earth in her rich attire
Confummate lovely fmild; air, water, earth,
By fowl, filh, 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 SOS
Of all


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-kjiowing, 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 515
Of all his works: therefore th' Omnipotent
Eternal Father (for where is not he
Present ?) thus to his Son audibly {pake.

Let us make now man in our image, mas
In our fimilitude, and let them rule

$20 Over the fish and fowl of fea and air, Beast of the field, and over all the earth, And every creeping thing that creeps the ground, . This faid, he form'd thee, Adam, thee, O Man! Dust of the ground, and in thy nostrils breath'd 525 The breath of life; in his own image be Created thee, in the image of God Exprefs, and thou becam'ft a living foul. Male he created thee, but thy confort Female for race; then blefs'd mankind, and said, 530 Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, Subdue it, and throughout dominion hold Over fish of the sea, and fowl of th' air, And every living thing that moves on th' earth, Wherever thus created, for no place

535 Is yet distinct by name, thence, as thou know'it, 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 540 Gave thee; all sorts 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 eat'it, thou dy'it; Death is the penalty impos’d; beware, And govern well thy appetite, lest Sin Surprise thee, and her black attendant Death,

Here finish'd he, and all that he had made Vizw'd, and behold all was entirely good


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So ev'n and morn accomplish'd the sixth day:

Yet not till the Creator from his work
Defisting, though unwearied, up return'd,
Up to the heaven of heavens, his high abode,
Thence to behold this new-created world,
Th' addition of his empire, how it show'd

In prospect from his throne, how good, how fair,
Answering his great idea. Up he rode,
Follow'd with acclamation, and the found
Symphonious of ten thousand harps that tun'd
Angelic harmonies: the earth, the air

Refounded, (thou remember'lt, for thou heard'st),
The heavens and all the constellations rung,
The planets in their station lift'ning ftood,
While the bright pomp ascended jubilant.
Open ye everlasting gates! they fung;

Open, ye heav'ns, your living doors ! let in

Creator. from his work return'd
Magnificent, his six days work, a world!
Open, and henceforth oft ; for God will deign
To visit oft the dwellings of just men,

Delighted, and with frequent intercourse
Thither will send his winged messengers
On errands of supernal grace! So sung
The glorious train ascending. He thro' heaven,
That open'd wide her blazing portals, led 575
To God's eternal house direct the

way ;
A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold,
And pavement stars, as stars to thee appear,
Seen in the galaxy, that milky way,
Which nightly, as a circling zone, thou feest 586
Powder'd with stars. And now on earth the seventh
Ev'ning arose in Eden; for the sun
Was fet, and twilight from the east came on,
Forerunning night; when at the holy mount

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Of Heaven's high feated top, th' imperial throne 585
Of Godhead, fix'd for ever firm and sure,
The Filial Power arriv'd, and fat him down
With his great Father; for he also went
Invisible, yet stay’d, (such privilege
Hath Omnipresence), and the work, ordain'd, 594
Author and end of all things ; and from work
Now resting, bless’d and hallow'd the seventh day,
As resting on that day from all his work :
But not in silence holy kept; the harp
Had work, and rested not; the folemn pipe, 595
And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop,
All sounds on fret by string or golden wire
Temper'd soft tunings, intermix'd with voice
Choral or unifon : of incense clouds,
Fuming from golden censers, hid the mount. 600
Creation and the six days acts they sung,
Great are thy works, Jehovah! infinite
Thy power! what thought can measure thee, or tongue
Relate thee! greater now in thy return
Than from the giant-angels: thee that day 605
Thy thunders magnify'd; but to create
Is greater than created to destroy.
Who can impair thee, mighty King, or bound
Thy empire ! Easily the proud attempt
Of spi'rits apostate, and their counsels vain,
Thou hast repell’d, while impiously they thought
Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw
The number of thy worshippers. Who feeks
To lessen thee, against his purpose ferves
To manifest the more thy might: his evil

Thou useft, and from thence creat'st more good.
Witness this new.made world, another heaven,
From heaven-gate not far, founded in view
On the clear hyaline, the glassy fea;


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