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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 finuous trace; not all
Minims of Nature ; some of Serpent kind
Wondrous in length and corpulence involy'd
Their Snaky foulds, and added wings. Fițst crept
The Parsimonious Emmet, provident

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Of future, in small room large heart enclos'd,
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
Deliciously, and builds her waxen Cells

491 With Honey ftorid: The rest are numberlefs, And thou their Natures know'ft, and gav'ft them Names, Needless to thee repeated; nor unknown The Serpent suttlest Beast of all the field, Of huge Extent sometimes, with brazen Eyes And hairy Main terrific, though to thee Not noxious, but obedient at thy call. Now Heav'nin all her Glory shon, and rowlod Her motions, as the great first-Mover's hand SOO First wheel'd their Çourse; Earth in her rich attire Confummate lovely smil'd; Air, Water, Earth, By Fowl, Fish, Beaft, was flown, was swum, was walkt Frequent ; and of the Sixth day yet remain’ds There wanted yet the Master-work, the End Sos Of all yet done; a Creature who not prone And Brute as other Creatures, but endu'd With San&tity of Reason, might erect His Stature, and upright with Front serene Govern the rest, self-knowing, and fromthence Sle Magnanimous to correspond with Heav'n, 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 IIS

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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.

This said, he form'd Thee, Adam, thee O Man Duft of the ground, and in thy noftrils breath'd The breath of Life; in his own Image he

376 Created thee, in the image of God Express, and thou becam't a living Soul. Male he created Thce, but thy Confort Female for Race; then bless'd Mankind, and said, 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, where-ever thus created, for no place

S35 Is yet distinct by Name. Thence, as thou know'st, Hebrought thee into this delicious Grove, This Garden, planted with the Trees of God, Delectable both to behold and taste; And freely all their pleafant fruit for food

540 Gave thee, all sorts are here that all th' Earth yields Variety without end; but of the Tree Which tafted works knowledge of Good and Evil, Thou may'st not ; in the day thou ear'it, thou dy't ; Death is the Penalty impos’d, beware,

545 And govern well thy appetire, left sin Surprize thee, and her black attendant Death. Hete finish'd he, and all that he had made View'd, and behold all was entirely good; So Eev'n and Morn accomplish'd the Sixth day; 550 Yet not

the Creator from his work Defifting, though unwearied, up return'd.

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Up to the Heav'n of Heav'as his high abode, Thence to behold this new created World Th'addition of his Empire, how it shew'd

555 In profpe& from his Throne, how good, how fair, Answering his great Idea. Uphe rode Follow'd with acclamation and the found Symphonious of ten thousand Harps that tan'd Angelic harmonies: the Earth, the Air

560 Resounded, (thou remember'ft, for thou heardft) The Heav'ns and all the Constellations rung, The Planets in their ftation lift'ning stood, While the bright Pomp ascended jubilant. Open, ye everlasting Gates, they fung,

565 Open, ye Heav'ns, 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 of the dwellings of juf Men

$70 Delighted, and with frequent intercourse Thither will send his winged Messengers On errands of supernal Grace. So fung The glorious Train ascending : He through Heav'n, That open'd wide her blazing Portals, led 575 To God's Eternal house direct the way, A broad and ample road, whose duft is Gold And pavement Stars, as Stars to thee appear, Seen in the Galaxie, that Milky way Which nightly as a circling Zone thou seest Pouder'd with Stars. And now on Earth the Seventh Eevning arose in Eden, for the Sun Was set, and twilight from the East came on, Forerunning Night : when at the holy Mount Of Heav'ns high-seated rop, th’imperial Throne Of Godhead, fixt for ever firm and sure, The Filial Power arriv'd, and sat him dowa With his great Father for He also went Invisible, yet ftaid (such Privilege Hath Omnipresence) and the work ordain'd 596

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Author and end of all things, and from work
Now resting, bless'd and hallow'd the Sev’nth day,
As resting on that day from all his work,
But not in Silence holy kept; the Harp
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And Dulcimer, all Organs of sweet stop,
All sounds on Fret by String or Golden Wire
Temper'd soft Tunings, intermixt 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 magnify'd; 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 apoftat and their Counsels vain 610 Thou haft repelld, 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

615 Thou useft, and from thence creat'st more good. Witness this new-made World, another Heavo From Heav'n Gate not far, founded in View On the clear Hyaline, the Glaslie Sea: Of amplitude almost immense, with Stars Numerous, and every Star perhaps a World Of destin'd habitation ; but thou know't Their seasons: among these the seat of Men, Earth with her nether Ocean circumfus'd, Their pleasant dwelling place. Thrice happy Men, 625 And sons of Men, whom God hath thus advanc'd, Created in his Image, there to dwell And worship him, and in reward to rule

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Over his works, on Earth, in Sea, or Air,
And multiply a Race of Worshippers
Holy and just : thrice happy if they know
Their happiness, and persevere upright.

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So sung they, and the Empyrean rung,
With Haleluiahs: Thus was Sabbath kept.
And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd
How first this world and face of things began,
And what before thy memorie was done
From the beginning, that pofterity
Inform’d by thee might know; if else thou seekst
Aught, not surpaffing human meafure, say,

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The End of the Seventh Book.

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