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Hafted with glad precipitance, uprowl'd
As drops on dust conglobing from the dry;
Part rise in chryftal Wall, or ridge direct,
For haste; such flight the great command impress'd
On the swift floods. As Armies at the call

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Of Trumpet (for of Armies thou hast heard)
Troop to their Sandard : so the watry throng, : ;
Wave rowling after Wave, 'where way they found,
If steep, with torrent rapture, if through Plain,
Soft-ebbing; nor withstood them Rock or Hill,
But they, or underground, or circuit wide
With Serpent error wandring, found their way,
And on the washy Ooze deep Channels wore;
Easie, ére God had bid the ground be dry
All but within those banks, where Rivers now 305
Stream, and perpetual draw their humid train.
The dry Land Earth, and the great receptacle
Of congregated Waters he call'd Seas:
And saw that it was good, and said, Let th' Earth
Put forth the verdant Grass, Herb yielding Seed, 310
And Fruit Tree yielding Fruit after her kind,
Whose Seed is in her self upon the Earth.
He scarce had faid, when the bare Earth, 'till then
Desert and bare, unsightly, unadorn'd,
Brought forth the tender Grass, whose verdure clad
Her Universal face with pleasant green :
Then Herbs of every leaf, that sudden flowr'd
Op’ning their various colours, and made gay
Her bosom smelling sweet. And these scarce blown,
Forth flourish'd thick the cluftring Vine ; forth crept
The smelling Gourd; up stood the corney Reed 321
Embattell'd in her field: and the humble Shrub,
And Bush with frizl’d hair implicit ; last
Role as in Dance the stately Trees, and spred 324
Their branches hung with copious Fruit; oi gemm’d
Their blossoms : with high woods the hills were
With tufts the vallies and each fountain fide, (crown'da
With borders long the Rivers; that Earth now

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Seem'd like to Heav'n, a seat where Gods might düéli, Or wander with delight, and love to haunt

330 Her sacred shades. Though God had yet not rain'd Upon the Earth, and Mánto till the ground None but from the Earth a dewy Mist Went

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and water'd all the ground, and each Plant of the field, which ere it was in the Earth, 335 God made, and every Herb, before it grew On the green stem ; God faw that it was good, So Eev'n and Morn recorded the Third Day.

Again th’ Almighty fpake: Let there be Lights High in th’expanse of Heav'n to divide

340 The Day from Night; and let them be for signs, For Seasons, and for Days, and circling Years, And let them be for Lights, ás 1 ordain Their Office in the Firmament of Heav'n To give Light on the Earth; and it was fo.

345 And God made two great Liğlits, ğreat for their use, To Man, the greater to have rule by Day, The less by Night alterne : and made the Stars, And set them in the firmament of Heaven 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 Cen! A mighty Sphere he fram’d, unlightsome first, Tho' of Ethereal Mould: then form'd the Moon Globose, and every magnitude of stars, And sow'd with Stars the Heav'n thick as 'a field: Of Light by far the greater part he took, Transplanted from her Cloudy Shrine, and plac'd 360. In the Sun's Orb, made porous to receive And drink the liquid Light; firm to retain Her gather'd beams, great Hither as to their Fountain other Stars Repairing, in their golden Urns draw Light, 365

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And hence the Morning Planet gilds his horns;
By tindure or refleâion they augment
Their small peculiar, though from human fight
So far remote, with diminution feen.
First in his East the glorious Lamp was feen,
Regent of Day, and all th' Horizon round
Invested with bright Rays, jocund to run

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His Longitude through Heay'ns high rode : the gray
Dawn, and the Pleiades before him danc'd
Shedding sweet influence: Less bright the Moon, 375
But opposite in level'd Welt was set
His mirror, with full face borrowing her Light
From him, for other light the sceded none
In that afpe&t, and fill that diftange keeps
Till night; then in the East her turn the shines,

380 Revolu'd on Heav'ns great Axle, and her Reign With thoaland lefser Lights dividual holds, With thousand thousand Stars, that then appear’d Spangling the Hemisphere: then firft adorn'd With their bright Luminaries that ser and rose

385 Glad Eevning and glad Morn crown'd the Fourth day,

And God said, Let the Waters generate
Reptil with Spawn abundant, living Souls
And let Foul flie above the Earth, with Wings
Display'd on the open Firmament of Heav'n.
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

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And Lakes and running Streams the waters fill;
And let the Foul be multiply'd on the Earth.
Forthwith the Sounds and Seas, each Creek and Bay
With Frie innumerable fwarm, and Shoals
Of Fish that with their Fins and thining Scales: .
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Bank themid Sea; part single or with mate
Graze the Sea weed their pasture, and thro' Groves
Of Coral stray, or sporting with quick glance 405
Show to the Sun their way'd coats dropt with Gold,
Or in their Pearly shells at ease, attend
Moift rtutriment, or under Rocks their food
Ia jointed Armour watch: on smooth the Seal,
And bended Dolphins play : part huge of bulk 41@
Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in theix Gate
Tempest the Ocean: there Leviathan
Hugeft of living Creatures, on the Deep
Stretcht like a Promontory sleeps or swims,
And seems a moving Land, and at his Gills 415
Draws in, and at his Trunk spouts out a Sea.
Mean while the tepid Caves, and Fens and Shores
Their Brood as numerous harch, from the Egg that
Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclos'd [soon
Their callow young, but feather'd soon and Aedge 426
They summ'd their Pens, and soaring th' air sublime
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 loofly wing the Region, part more wise

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In common, rang'd in figure wedge their way,
Intelligent of seasons, and set forth
Their Aeric Caravan high over Seas
Flying, and over Lands with mutual wing
Easing their fight ; lo steers the prudent Crane 430
Her annual voyage, born on Winds; the Air
Floats, as they pass. Fann'd with unnumber'd plumes
From Branch to Branch the smaller Birds with song
Solac'd the Woods, and spread their painted wings
'Till Eev’n, nor then the folemn Nightingal 435
Ceas'd warbling, but all night tun'd her soft lays.
Others on Silver Lakes and Rivers bath'd
Their downy Breast; the Swan with Arch'd neck
Between her White wings mantling proudly, rowes
Her state with Oary feet : yet oft they quit 440

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The mid Aerial Sky: Others on ground
Walk'd firm ; the crested Cock whose clarion sounds
The silent hours; and th’other whose gay Train
Adorns him, colour'd with the Florid hue
Of Rainbows and Starry Eyes, The Waters thus
With Fish replenisht, and the Air with Fowl,
Ecvning and Morn solemniz'd the Fifth day,

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The Sixth, and of Creation laft, arose With Eevning Harps and Matin, when God said, 450 Let th’Earth bring forth Fowl living in her kind, Cattel and Creeping things, and Beast of the Earth, Each of their kind. The Earth obey'd, and strait Op’ning her fertil Womb teem'd at a Birth Innumerous living Creatures, perfeệt Forms,

45$ Limb’d and full-grown: out of the ground up rose As from his Laire the wild Beast where he wons In Forest wild, in Thicket, Brake, or Den; Among the Trees in Pairs they rose, they walk'd: The Cattel in the Fields and Meadows green: Those rare and solitary, these in Flocks Pasturing at once, and in broad Herds upprung. The graslic Clods now calv’d, now half appeard The Tawny Lyon, pawing to get free

464 His hinder Parts, then springs as broke from Bounds, And Rampant shakes his brinded Main. The Ounce, The Libbard, and the Tyger, as the Mole Rising, the crumbl'd Earth above them threw In hillocks. The swift Stag from under ground Bore up his branching Head : Scarce from his mould Behemoth, biggest born of Earth, upheav'd

471 His Vastness. Fleec'd the Flocks and blearing 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: thole way'd cheir limber Fans For Wings, and furallest Lincaments exa&

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