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Built on circumfluous waters calm, in wide 270
Crystalline ocean, and the loud misrule
Of Chaos far remov'd, let fierce extremes
Contiguous might distemper the whole frame :
And heaven he nam'd the Firmament : fo ev'n
And morning chorus sung the second day.

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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 warın
Prolific humour foft'ning all her globe,
Fermented the great mother to conceive,
Satiate with genial moisture ; when God said,
Be gather'd now ye waters under heaven
Into one place, and let dry land appear.
Immediately the mountains huge appear 288
Emergent, and their broad bare backs upheave
Into the clouds, their tops afcend the sky:
So high as heav'd the tumid hills, fo low
Down sunk a hollow bottom, broad and deep,
Capacious bed of waters: thither they

29 Hafted with glad precipitance, uprollid As drops on dust conglobing from the dry ; Part rise in crystal wall, or ridge direct, For haste; such flight the great command iinpress'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 watry 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 onder ground, or circuit wide With ferpent-errour wand'ring, found their way, And on the wafhy cose deep channels wore ; Faly, ere God had bid the ground be dry,

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All but within those banks, where rivers now

303 Stream, and perpetual draw their humid train. The dry land, earth, and the great receptacle Of congregated waters he callid Seas : And saw that it was good; and said, Let th' earth Pat forth the verdant grass, herb yielding seed, 310 And fruit-tree yielding fruit after her kind, Whose feed is in herself upon the earth. He scarce had said, when the bare earth, till then Defert and bare, unfightly, unadorn'd, Brought forth the tender grass, whose verdure clad Her univerfal 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

321 Imbattled in her field ; and th' humble shrub, And bush with frizzled hair implicit : last Rofe as in dance the stately trees, and spread Their branches hung with copious fruit, or gemm'd Thcir blossoms : with high woods the hills were

crown'd, With tufts the valleys, and each fountain-side, 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 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 mora recarded the third day.

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Again th’ Almighty spake, Let there be lights High ia th' expanse of heaven, to divide

3O 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 so.

3456 And God made two great lights, great for their ufe 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 heaven, 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 fun. A mighty sphere he fram'd, unlightfome first,

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Though of ethereal mould: then form'd the moon
Globose, and every magnitude of stars,
And sow'd with stars the heaven thick as a field :
Of light by far the greater part he took,
Tran planted from her cloudy farine, and plac'd 360
In the san'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

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By tindure or reflection they augment
Their small peculiar, though from human fight
So far remote, with diminution seen.
First in his east the glorious lamp was seen,
Regent of day, and all th' horizon round
Invested with bright rays, jocund to run
His longitude thro' heaven's high road; the gray

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Dawn, and the Pleiades before him dance'd,
Shedding sweet influence : less bright the moon, 375
But opposite in levell’d west was set,
His mirrour, .with full face borrowing her light
From him; for other light she needed none
In that aspéct; and Itill that distance keeps
Till night, then in the east her turn the shines,
Revolv'd on heaven's great axle, and her reign
With thousand lefser lights dividual holds,
With thousand thousand stars, that then appear'd
Spangling the hemisphere : then first adorn'd
With their bright luminaries, that set and rose, 385
Glad ev’ning and glad morn crown’d the fourth day.

And God said, Let the waters generate
Reptile with spawn abundant, living foul :
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 plenteoully The waters generated by their kinds, And every bird of wing after his kind ; And saw that it was good, and bless'd them; faying, Be fruitfill, 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 feas, each creek and bay, With fry innumerable fwarm, and fhoals

400 Of fish, that with their fins and shining fcales Glide under the green wave, in fculls that oft Bank the mid fea : part single or with mate Graze the fea-weed their pālture, 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 ease, attend Moist nutriment; or under rocks their food In jointed armour watch: on smooth the feal,

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And bended dolphins play : part huge of bulk

410 Wallowing unwieldly', 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, Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens, and shores, 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 foaring th' air sublimes With clang despis’d the ground, under a cloud In prospect; there the eagle and the Nork 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 feafons, and set forth Their airy caravan high over seas Flying, and over lands with mutual wing Easing their flight; fo fteers 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 fong. Solace'd the woods, and spread their painted wings Till ev'n; nor then the folemn nightingale 435 Ceas'd warbling, but all night tun'd her foft 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 The dank, and rising on stiff penrons, tower The mid aereal sky: others on ground Walk d firm; the crested cock, whose clarion sounds The filent hours; and th' other, whose gay train

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