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Limb’d and full grown: out of the ground uprose,
As from his lair, the wild beast, where he runs
In forest wild, in thicket, brake, or den;
Among the trees in pairs they rose, they walk'd:
The cattle in the fields and meadows green: 460
Those rare and solitary, these in flocks
Pasturing at once, and in broad herds upsprung.
The grassy clods now calved; now half appear'd
The tawny lion pawing to get free

His hinder parts, then springs as broke from bonds,
And rạmpant shakes his brinded mane; the ounce,
The libbard and the tiger, as the mole
Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw
In hillocks: the swift stag from under ground 409
Bore up his branching head: scarce from his mould
Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheaved
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, 475
Insect or worm: those waved their limber fans
For wings, and snia!lest 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, 480
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 parsimonfous emmet, provident

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,
And thou their natures know'st,and gav'st them names,
Needless to thee repeated; nor unknown
The serpent subtlest beast of all the field, 495
Of huge extent sometimes, with brazen eyes
And hairy mane terrific, though to thee
Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.

Now Heaven in all her glory shone and rollid
Her motions, as the great first Mover's hand 500
First wheel'd their course: Earth in her rich attire
Consummate lovely smiled; air, water, earth,
By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was walk’d,
Frequent; and of the sixth day yet remain'd:
There wanted yet the master-work, the end 505
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 515
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 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.
Male he created thee; but thy consort
Female, for race; then bless'd mankind, and said, 530
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

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.
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 days' work, a World;
Open, and henceforth oft; for God will deign
To visit oft the dwellings of just men,

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
Creation and the six days' acts they sung:
Great are thy works, Jehovah! infinite
Thy power! what thought can measure thee, or tongue
Relate thee! Greater now in thy return
Than from the giant Angels: Thee that day 605
Thy thunders 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, 610
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

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

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