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To illuminate the Earth and rule the day
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,
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,
Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and plac'd
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. 7 Hither, as to their fountain, other stars

Repairing, in their golden urns draw light,
And hence the morning-planet gilds her horns ;
By tincture or reflection they augment
Their small peculiar, though from human sight
So far remote, with diminution seen.
First in his east the glorious lamp was seen,
Regent of day, and all the horizon round
Invested with bright rays, jocund to run
His longitude through Heaven's high road; the

gray
Dawn, and the Pleiades, before him danc'd
Shedding sweet influence : Less bright the moon
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 aspect, and still that distance keeps
Till night'; then in the east her turn she shines,
Revolv'd on Heaven's great axle; and her reign
With thousand lesser 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,
Glad evening and glad morn crown'd the fourth day,

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 Heaven.
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,
Be fruitful, multiply, and in the seas,
And lakes, and running streams, the waters fill;
And let the fowl be multiplied, on the Earth.
Forthwith the sounds and seas, each creek and bay,
With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals
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 glancey
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 sealy
And bended dolphins play : part huge of bulk
Wallowing unwieldly, enormous in their gait,
Tempest the ocean: there leviathan
Hugest of living creaturešon the deep
Stretch'd like a promontory sleeps or swims,
And seems a moving land; and at his gills
Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out; a sea.
Mean whlle the tepid caves, and fens, and shoresy
Their brood as numerous hatch, from the egg that

soon

Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclos'd
Their callow young ; but feather'd soon and fledge
They summ’d their pens; and soaring the air subi

lime,
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
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 fight: so steers the prudent crane

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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
Solae'd the woods, and spread their painted wings
Till even: nor then the solemn nightingale
Ceas'd warbling, but all night tun'd her soft lays :
Others, or 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 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
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,
Evening and morn solemniz'd the fifth day.

The sixth, and of creation last, arose With evening 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 Innumerous 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 ;

; the

Among the trees in pairs they rose, they walk':
The cattle in the fields and meadows green:
Those rare and solitary, these in flocks
Pasturing at once, and in broad herds up-sprung.
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,
And rampant shakes his brinded mane ounce,
The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole
Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw
In hillocks: The switt stag from under ground
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.
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 liveries deck'd of summer's pride
With spots of gold and purple, azure and green:
These, as a line, their long dimension drew,
Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; not all
Minims of nature; some of serpent-kind,
Wonderous in length and corpulence, involv'd
Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept
The parsimonious emmet, provident
Of future ; .in small room large heart enclos'd;

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