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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
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
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 breathed
The breath of life; in his own image he
Created thee, in the image of God ·
Express and thou becamest a living soul.
Male he created thee ; but thy consort
Female, for


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. 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 : And freely all their pleasant fruit for food Gave thee; all sorts are here that all the Earth yields Variety without end ; but of the tree, Which, ta sted, work, knowledge of good and evil, Thou may'st not; in the day thou eatest thou diest : Deat h is the penelty imposed; 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 ;
So even and morn accomplish'd the sixth day;
Yet not till the Creator from his work
Desisting, though unwearied, up return'd,
Up to the Heaven of Heavens, his high abo de ;
Thence to behold this new created world,
Thic addition of his empire, how it show'd
In prospect from his throne, how good, how fair,
Answering his great idea. lp he rode
Follow'd with acclamation, and the sound
Symphonious of teu thousand harps, that tuned
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 listening stood,
While the bright pomp ascended jubilant.
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 day's 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 through Heaven,
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,
Which nightly, as a circling zone, thou seest
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 Heaven's high-seated top, the imperial throne
Of Godhead, fix'd for ever firm and sure,
The filial power arived, and sat him down
With his great Father ; for he also went
Invissible, yet staid (such privilege
Hath Omnipresence,) and the work ordaind,
Author and end of all things ; and from work
Now resting, blessed and hallow'd the seventh day,
As resting, on that day from all his work :
But not in silence holy kept : the harp
IIad work and rested not ; the solemn pipe,
And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop,
All sound on fret by strings or golden wire,
Temper'd soft tuning, intermix'd with voice
Choral or unison : of incense clouds,
Fuming from golden cencers, hid the mount.
Creation and the sixth days' acts they sung:
Great are thy works, Jehovah ? infinité
Thy power! what thought can measure thee, or tongue
Relate thee! Greater now in thy return
Than from giant Angels: Thee that day
Thy thundors magnified ; but to create
Is greater than created to destroy.
Who can impair thee, Mighty King, or bound
Thy empire! Easily the proud attempt
Of spirits apostate, and their counsels vain,
Thou hast repelled; while impiously they thought
'Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw
The number of thy worshippers. Who seeks
To lessen thee, against his purpose serves
To manifest the more thy might: his evil
Thou usest, and from thence createst more good,
Witness this new-made world, another Heaven
From Heaven gate not far, founded in view
On the clear hyaline, the glassy sea ;
Of amplitude almost immense, with stars

Numerous; and every star perhaps a world
Of desitined habitation ; but thou know'st
Their seasons : among these the seat of men,
Earth, with her nether ocean circumfused,
Their pleasant dwelling place. Thrice happy men
And sons of men, whom God hath thus advanced !
Created in his image, there to dwell
And worship him ; and in reward to rule
Over his works, on Earth, in sea, or air,
And multiply a race of worshippers
Holy and just: thrice happy, if they know
Their happiness, and persevere upright!

So sung they, and the empyrean rung
With hallelujahs: thus was sabbath kept.
And thy request think now fulfilled, that ask'd
How first this world and face of things began
And what before thy memory was done
From the beginning; that posterity,
Inform’d by thee, might know: if else thou seek'st
Aught, not surpassing human measure, say.



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