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Then stay'd the fervid wheels, and in his hand
He took the golden compasses, prepard

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In God's eternal store, to circumscribe
This universe, and all created things:
One foot he center'd, and the other türn'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 wat’ry calm
His brooding wings the spi'rit of God outspread, 235
And vital virtue' infusid, and vital warmth
Throughout the fluid mass, but downward purgid
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-balanc'd on her centre hung.

6 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 airy gloom began, Spher'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 250 Divided : light the day, and darkness night, He nam'd. Thus was the first day evin and morn: Nor past encelebrated, nor unsung By the celestial quires, when orient light Exhaling first from darkness they beheld; 255 Birth-day of Heav'n and Earth ; with joy and shout 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 evening was, and when first morn. “Again, God said, 'Let there be firmament

261 Anaid Waters, and let it divide

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The waters from the waters:' and God made
The firmament, expanse of liquid, pure,
Transparent, elemental air, diffus'd

265 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 270 Crystalline ocean, and the loud misrule of Chaos far remord; lest fierce extremes Contiguous might distemper the whole frame: And Heav'n he nam'd the firmament: so even 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
Prolific 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

283 Emergent, and their broad bare backs upheave Into the clouds, their tops ascend the sky: So high as hear'u the tumid hills, so low Down sunk a hollow bottom broad and deep, Capacious bed of waters: thither they

290 Hasted with glad precipitance, uprolld, As drops on dust conglobing from the dry; Part rise in crystal wall, or ridge direct, For haste; such flight the great command impress'd 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,

with torrent rapture, if through plain, Soft-ebbing; nor withstood them rock or hill, 300 But they, or under ground, or circuit wide

If steep,

With serpent error wand'ring, found their way,
And on the washy oose deep channels wore;
Easy, ere God had bid the ground be dry,
All but within those banks, where rivers now 305
Stream, and perpetual draw their humid train.
The dry land, earth; and the great receptacle
Of congregated waters, be call'd seas:
And saw that it was good; and said, 'Let th’earth
Put forth the verdant grass, herb yiekling seed, 310
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 then
Desert and bare, unsightly, unadorn'd,
Brought forth the tender grass, whose verdure clad
Her universal face with pleasant green:

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Then 'verbs of every leaf, that sudden flow'r'd
Opening their various colours, and male gay
Her bosom, smelling sweet; and, these scarce blown,
Forth flourish'd thick the elust'ring vine, forth crept
The swelling gourd, up stood the corny reed 321
Embattled 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

the hills were crown'd;

326 With tufts the valleys, and each fountain side; With borders long the rivers : that Earth now Seem'd like to Heav'n, a seat where Gods might dwell, Or wander with delight, and love to haust 330 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 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 ev'n and morn recorded the third day.

" Again th’ Almighty spake, 'Let there be lights

High in th' expanse of Heav'n to divide

340 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.

343 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 stars, And set them in the firmament of Hear'n To'illuminate the earth, and rule the day 350 In their vicissitude, 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 sun A mighty sphere he fram’d, unlightsome first, 355 Though of ethereal mould; then form'd the moon Globose, apd every magnitude of stars, And sowd 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, though from human sight So far reniote, with diminution seen. First in his east the glorious lamp was seen,

370 Regent of day, and all th’ horizon round Invested with bright rays, jocund to run His longitude through Heav'n's high road; the grey Dawn, and the Pleiades, before him danc'd, Shedding sweet influence : less bright the moon, 375 But opposite in leveli'd west was set, His mirror, with full face borrowing her light From him; for other light she needed none

In that aspéct, and still that distance keeps
Till night, then in the east her turn she shines, 380
Revolv'd on Heav'n's great axle, and her reign
With thousand lesser lights dividual holds,
With thousand thousand stafs, that then appeard
Spangling the hen isphere: then, first adorn'd
With their bright luminaries that set and rose, 385
Glad evening and glad mórn crown'd the fourth day.-

6 And God said, ' Let the waters generate
Reptile with spawn abundant, living soul:
And let fowl fly above the earth, with wings
Display'd on the open firmament of Heav'n.' 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, 395
• 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 sounds 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 sculls that oft Bank the mid sea : part single, or with mate, Graze the sea weed, their pasture, and through groves Of coral stray, or sporting, with quick glance, 405 Show to the sun their wav'd coats dropt with gold; Or in their pearly shells at ease, attend Moist nutriment; or under rocks their food In jointed armour watch: on smooth the seal, And bended dolphins play: part huge of bulk

410 Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait, Tempest the ocean: there leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, on the deep, Stretch'd like a promontory, sleeps or swims, And seems a moving land, and at his gills 415 Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out a sea. Meanubile the tepid caves, and fens and shores,

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