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Limb’d and full grown: out of the ground uprose,
Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept
485 of future; in small room large heart enclosed; Pattern of just equality perhaps Hereafter, joined in her popular tribes Of commonalty: swarming next appear'd The female bee, that feeds her husband drone 490 Deliciously, and builds her waxen cells
With honey stored: the rest are numberless,
Now Heaven in all her glory shone and rollid
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 airx Beast of the field, and over all the carthy 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
525 The breath of life; in his own image he Created thee, in the image of God
Express; and thou becamest a living soul.
540 Gave thee; all sorts are here that all the Earth yields, Variety without end; but of the tree, Which, tasted, works knowledge of good and evil, Thou mayst not ; in the day thou eat'st, thou diest: Death is the penalty imposed; beware,
545 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; 550 Yet not till the Creator from his work Desisting, though unwearied, up return’d, Up to the Heaven of Heavens, his high abode; Thence to behold this new created world, The addition of his empire, how it show'd
555 In prospect from his throne, how good, how fair, Answering his great idea. Up he rode Follow'd with acclamation, and the sound Symphonious of ten thousand harps, that tuned Angelic harmonies: the earth, the air
560 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.
570 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 575 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 580 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 585 Of Godhead, fix'd for ever firm and sure, The Filial Power arrived, and sat him down With his great Father; sor he also went Invisible, yet staid (such privilege Hath Omnipresence,) and the work ordain'd,
590 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 Had work and rested not; the solemn pipe, 595 And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop, All sounds on fret by string or golden wire, Temper'd soft tunings, intermix'd with voice Choral or unison: of incense clouds,
Fuming from golden censers, hid the mount. 600
620 Numerous, and every star perhaps a world Of destined 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, 625 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
630 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 fulfill'd, that ask'd 635