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“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 405 “Of coral stray; or, sporting with quick glance,

“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 410 “ And bended dolphins play: part huge of bulk,

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, 415 “And seems a moving land; and at his gills

“ Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out, a sea.
“ Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens, and shores,
“ Their brood as num'rous hatch, from the egg that, soon

“ Bursting with kindly rapture, forth disclos'd 420 “ Their callow young; but feather'd soon, and fledge,

They summ'd their pens; and, soaring the 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 :
425 “ Part, loosely wing the region; part, more wise,

“ In common, rang’d in figure wedge their way,
“ Intelligent of seasons, and set forth
“ Their aery caravan, high over seas
Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing

Easing their flight; so steers the prudent crane
“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

“ Solac'd the woods, and spread their painted wings 435 “ Till ev'n; nor then the solemn nightingale

“ 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

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“Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows 440 “Her state with oary feet; yet oft they quit

“ The dank, and, rising on stiff pennons, tower
“ The mid aëreal sky. Others on ground
Walk'd firm; the crested cock whose clarion sounds

“ The silent hours, and the other whose gay train 445 “ Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue

“Of rainbows and starry eyes. The waters thus
“ With fish replenish'd, and the air with fowl,
“Ev'ning and morn solemniz'd the Fifth Day.

“ The Sixth, and of creation last, arose
450 “ With ev'ning harps and matin; when God said,

“ Let the earth bring forth soul living in her kind,
“« Cattle, and creeping things, and beast of the earth,
«• Each in their kind!'

“ The earth obey'd, and straight Opening her fertile womb, teem'd at a birth 455 “Innum'rous living creatures, perfect forms,

“ 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: 460 “ The cattle, in the fields and meadows green:

“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 465 “ His hinder parts; then springs, as broke from bonds,

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 470 " Bore up his branching head: scarce from his mould

“ Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheav'd
“ His vastness: fleec'd the flocks and bleating rose,
As plants: ambiguous between sea and land,

“ The river-horse, and scaly crocodile.
475 “ At once came forth whatever creeps the ground,

“ Insect or worm: those wav'd their limber fans
“For wings, and smallest lineaments exact
“ In all the liv'ries deck'd of summer's pride,

“ With spots of gold and purple, azure and green: 480 “ These, as a line, their long dimension drew,

“Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; not all
“ Minims of nature; some of serpent-kind,
“ Wondrous in length and corpulence, involv'd

“ Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept 485 “ The parsimonious emmet, provident

“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 490 “ 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 495 “ The serpent, subtlest beast of all the field,

“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 500 “ Her motions as the great first Mover's hand

“ First wheel'd their course: earth in her rich attire
“ Consummate lovely smil'd! air, water, earth,
“By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was walkid,

“ Frequent; and of the Sixth Day yet remain'd505 “ There wanted yet the master-work, the end

“ Of all yet done; a creature, who, not prone
“ And brute as other creatures, but endu'd
“ With sanctity of reason, might erect

His stature, and upright with front serene
510 “Govern the rest, self-knowing; and from thence

Magnanimous, to correspond with heaven:
“But grateful to acknowledge whence his good
“ Descends; thither with heart, and voice, and eyes

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“ Directed in devotion, to adore
And worship God Supreme, who made him chief
• Of all his works: therefore the Omnipotent
“ Eternal Father (for where is not he
“ Present ?) thus to his Son audibly spake:

"Let us make now man in our image, man 520 ««•In our similitude; and let them rule

"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
“ 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

“Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth;
"Subdue it, and throughout dominion hold
Over fish of the sea, and fowl of the air,

“' And every living thing that moves on the earth.' 535 “ Wherever thus created, for no place

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;
540 And freely all their pleasant fruit for food

“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 diest; 545 “ 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

“ View'd, and, behold, all was entirely good! 550 “So ev'n and morn accomplish'd the Sixth Day:

“Yet not till the Creator, from his work

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“ Desisting, though unwearied, up return’d,

Up to the heaven of heavens, his high abode;

" Thence to behold this new-created world, 555 “The addition of his empire-how it show'd

“In prospect from his throne-how good-how fair,
“ Answ'ring his great idea. Up he rode
“ Follow'd with acclamation, and the sound

Symphonious of ten thousand harps, that tun'd 560 “ Angelic harmonies: the earth, the air

“Resounded,—thou remember'st, for thou heard'st,)-
" The heavens and all the constellations rung,-
“ The planets in their station list’ning stood, -

“ While the bright pomp ascended jubilant. 565 “ Open, ye everlasting gates !' they sung,

Open, ye heavens! 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 570 « 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 through heaven, 575 “ That open'd wide her blazing portals, led

“ 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
580 “ Which nightly, as a circling zone, thou seest
“ Powder'd with stars.

“ And now on earth the Seventh “Ev'ning arose in Eden, for the sun “ Was set, and twilight from the East came on,

Forerunning night; when, at the holy mount 585

“Of heaven's high-seated top,—the imperial throne
" Of Godhead fix'd for ever firm and sure,-
“ The Filial Power arriv'd, and sat him down
“ With his great Father: for he also went

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