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Their brood as numerous hatch, from th' egg that soon Bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclos d Their callow young; but, feather'd soon and fledge, 420 They summ'd their pens, and, soaring th' air sublime, With clang despis'd the ground, under a cloud In prospect; there the eagle and the stork 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, bigh 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 ev'n, 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 440 The dank, and, rising on stiff pennons, tower The mid aerial sky: others on ground Walk'd firm; the crested cock, whose clarion sounds The silent hours, and th' other whose gay

train Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue

445 Of rainbows and starry' eyes. The waters thus With fish replenish'd, and the air with fowl, Evening and morn solemniz'd the fifth day.

“ The sixth, and of creation last, arose With evening harps and matin, when God said, 450 • Let the earth bring forth soul living in her kind, Cattle, and creeping things, and beast of th' earth, Each in their kind.' The earth obey'd, and straight, Opening her fertile womb, teem'd at a birth Innumerous living creatures, perfect forms, 455 Limb’d and full grown: out of the ground up rose,

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re he wons In forest wild, in thicket, wra..., or den; Among the trees in pairs they rose, they walk'd: The cattle in the fields and meadows green: 460 Those rare and solitary, these 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 free His hinder parts, then springs as broke from bonds, 465 And rampant shakes his brinded mane; the ounce, The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole Rising, 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 vastness : 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 spots of gold and purple', azure and green: These as a line their long dimension drew, 480 Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; not all Minims of nature; some of serpent kind, Wondrous in length and corpulence, involvid Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept The parsimonious emmet, provident

485 Of future, in small room large heart enclos'd, Pattern of just equality perhaps Hereafter, join'd in her popular tribes Of commonalty: swarming next appear'd T'he female bee, that feeds her husband drone 490 Deliciously, and builds her waxen cells With honey stord: 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,

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Of huge extept sometimes. with brazen eyes
And hairy mane terrific, though to thee
Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.

“Now Heav'n in all her glory shone, and rollid
Her motions, as the great first Moyer's hand 500
First wheeld their course: earth in her rich attire
Consummate lovely smil'd; air, water, earth,
By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was walk'd,
Frequent; and of the sixth day yet remaind:
There wanted yet the master work, the end 505
Of all yet done; a creature, who, not prone
And brute as other creatures, but endued
With sanctity of reason, might erect
llis stature, and upright with front serene
Govern the rest, self-knowing, and from thence 510
Magnanimous to correspond with Heayền,
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 spake.

** Let us make now man in our image, man In our similitude, and let them rule

520 Over the fish and fowl of sea and air, Beast of the field, and over all the earth, And every creeping thing that creeps the ground.' This said, 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 he Created thee, in the image of God Express, and thou becam'st a living soul. Male he created thee, but thy consort Female, for race; then bless'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'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 549 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'st, thou dy'st; Death is the penalty impos'd ; beware,

545 And govern well thy appetite, leșt Sin Surprise thee, and ber black attendant Death.

“ Here finishd he, and all that he had made View'd, and behold all was entirely good; So ev'n and morn accomplish'd the sixth day:

550 Yet not till the Creator from his work Desisting, though unwearied, up return'd, Up to the Heav'n of Heav'ns his high abode, Thence to behold this new created world, Th' addition of his empire, how it show'd 555 In prospect from his throne, how good, how fair, Answering his great idea. Up he rode, Follow'd with acclamation, and the sound Symphonious of ten thousand harps, that tun'd Angelic harmonies: the earth, the air

560 Resounded (thou remember'st, for thou heardst), The Heav'ns and all the constellations rung, The planets in their station list'ning stood, While the bright pomp ascended jubilant. Open, ye everlasting gates! they sung,

565 Open, ye heav'ns! your living doors; let in The great 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,

570 Delighted, and with frequent intercourse Thither will send bis winged messengers On errands of supernal grace. So sung

The glorious train ascending: he through 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, Soen in the galaxy, that milky way, Which nightly as a circling zone thou seest 580 Powder'd with stars. And now on earth the seventh Evening arose in Eden, for the sun Was set, and twilight from the east came on, Forerunning night; when at the holy mount Of Heav'n's high-seated top, th' imperial throne

585 of Godhead, fix'd for ever firm and sare, The filial Pow'r arriv'd, and sat him down With his great Father: for he also went Invisible, yet stay'd (such privilege Hath Oinnipresence), and the work ordain'd, 590 Author and end of all things; and, from work Now resting, bless'd and hallow'd the sev'nth day, As resting on that day from all his work, But not in silence holy kept: the harp Had work and rested not; the solemn 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 unison: 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 pow'r! 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 610 'Thou hast repell’d, while impiously they thought 'Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw

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