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To give light on the Earth !' and it was so.
Revolved on heaven's great axle, and her reign
" And God said, “Let the waters generate
390 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 blessed 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
400 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 glance, Show to the sun their waved 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 And bended dolphins play : part, huge of bulk, 410 Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait, Tempest the ocean. There leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, on the deep Stretched 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.
Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens, and shores,
440 The dank, and, rising on stiff pennons, tower The mid aerial sky. Others on ground Walked firm—the crested cock, whose clarion sounds The silent hours, and the other, whose gay train Adorns him, coloured with the florid hue Of rainbows and starry eyes.
The waters thus With Fish replenished, and the air with Fowl, Evening and morn solemnized 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 the arth,
Each in their kind !' The Earth obeyed, and, straight
471 His vastness ; fleeced 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 waved their limber fans For wings, and smallest lineaments exact In all the liveries decked 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, Wondrous in length and corpulence, involved Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept The parsimonious emmet, provident Of future, in small room large heart enclosedPattern of just equality perhaps Hereafter,-joined in her popular tribes
Of commonalty. Swarming next appeared
“Now Heaven in all her glory shone, and rolled Her motions, as the great First Mover's hand
500 First wheeled their course ; Earth, in her rich attire Consummate, lovely smiled ; Air, Water, Earth, By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was walked, Frequent; and of the sixth Day yet remained. There wanted yet the master-work, the end Of all yet done--a creature who, not prone And brute as other creatures, but endued With sanctity of reason, might erect His stature, and upright with front serene Govern the rest, self-knowing, and from thence
510 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
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 !'