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The earth was form’d, but in the womb as yet
Of waters (embryon immature) involvid,
Appear'd not: over all the face of earth
Main ocean flow'd ; not idle, but with warm
Prolific humour softning all her globe,

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Fermented the great mother to conceive
Satiate with genial moisture : when Gov said,
Be gather'd now ye waters under heav'n
Into one place, and let dry land appear!-
Immediately the mountains huge appear

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Emergent, and their broad bare backs up-heave
Into the clouds, their tops ascend the sky.
So high as heav'n the camid hills, fo low
Down sunk a hollow bottom, broad, and deep,
Capacious bed of waters! Thither they

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Halted with glad precipicance, up-rowld,
As drops from dat conglob ng from the dry :
Part rise in crystal wa'l, or ridge direct,
For hafte: such tight the great command imprehod
On the swift fioods: as armies at the call

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Of trumpet for of armies thoa haft heard)
Troop to their stindard ; 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;

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But they, or under ground, or circuit wide
With ferpent-error wand'ring, found their way,
And on the washy oose deep channels wore,
Easy, ere God had bid the ground be dry,
All but within those banks, where rivers now 305
Stream, and perpetual draw t':cir 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 ;
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Brought forth the tender grafs, whose verdure clad
Her universal face with pleasant green:

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Then, herbs of every leaf, that sudden flowrid
Op’ning their various colours, and made gay
Her bosom smelling sweet. And these scarce blown,
Forth-flourish'd thick the cluftring vine, forth crepe 321
The smelling gourd, up ftood the corny reed
Embattel'd in her field, and th' humble shrub,
And buh, with frizled hair implicit. Laft,
Rose, as in dance, the ftately trees, and spread 324
Their branches hung with copious fruit ; or gemm'd
Their blossoms : with high woods the hills were crown'd;
Withi tufts the vallies; and each fountain fide
With borders long the rivers : that earth now
Seem'd like to heav'n; a seat where Gcds might dwell,
Or wander with delight, and love to haunt

930 Her facred shades: though God had yet not rain'd Upon the earth, and man to till the ground None was : but from the earth a dewy mift Went up, and water'd all the ground, and each Plant of the field ; which, ere it was in th' earth

335 God made, and ev'ry herb, before it grew On the green stem: God saw that it was good. So ev'n and morn recorded the Third Day.

Again th' Almighty spake: Let there be lights High in th' expanse of heaven, 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, as I 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 lights; (great for their use To man) the greater to have rule by day, The less by night, altern: and made the stars ; And set them in the firmament of heav'n, T’ılluminate the earth, and rule the day,

350 In their vicissitude, and rule the night ; And light from darkness to divide. God saw, Surveying His great work, that it was good :

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For of cæleftial bodies first the sun

354 (A mighty sphere !) He fram'd ; unlightsome first, Tho' of ethereal mold: then form'd the moon Globofe ; and ev'ry magnitude of stars ; And fow'd with stars the heav'n, thick as a field. Of light by far the greater part he look, Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and plac'd In the sun's orb, made porous to receive And drink the liquid light ; firm to retain Her gather'd beams; great palace now of light: Hither, as to their fountain, other stars Repairing, in their golden urns draw light: And hence the morning planet gilds her horns : By tincture or reflexion they augment, Their small peculiar, though (from human fight So far remote) with diminution seen. First in his east the glorious lamp was feen,

370 Regent of day; and all th' horizon round invested with bright rays, jocund to run His longitude through heav'n's high road': the gray Dawn and the PLEIADES before him danc'd, Shedding sweet influence. Less bright the moon, 375 But opposite in leveld west was set, His mirror, with full face borrowing her light From him ; for other light she needed none In that aspect : and still that distance keeps Till night; then in the east her turn the shines, Revolv'd on heav'n's great axle, and her reign With thousand lesser lights dividual holds, With thousand thousand stars ! that then appear'd Spangling the hemisphere; then firit adorn'd With their bright luminaries, that set and rose. 385 Glad ev'ning and glad morn crown'd the Fourth Day.

And God said, Let the waters generite Reptil, with spawn abundant, living fou!! And let fowl fly above the earth, with wings Display'd on th’ open firmament of heav'n! 390 And Gop created the great whales, and each Soul living, each that crept, which plenteously 2.3

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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,
And lakes, and running streams, the waters fill !
And let the fowl be multiply'd on th' earth!
Forthwith the sounds and seas, each creek and bay,
With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals

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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 thro' groves
Of coral ftray ; or, sporting with quick glance, 405
Shew to the Sun their way'd 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 feal,
And bended dolphins play : part, huge of bulk !

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Wallowing unweildy, enormous in their gait,
Tempest the ocean: there Leviathan,
Hugeft of living creatures, on the Deep
Stretch'd like a promontory, sleeps or swims;
And secms a moving land ; and at his gills

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Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out a sea.
Mean while the tepid caves, and fens, and shoars,
Their brood as numerous hateh from th' egg, that foon
Bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclos'd
Their callow young ; but feather'd foon, and Aledge, 420
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 wife 425
In common, rangd in figure wedge their way;
Intelligent of seafons, and fet forth
Their aery caravan, high over seas
Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing
Esfing their flight; (so steers the prudent crane 430
Hler annual voyage) born on winds, the air
I loats as they pais, fann'd with unnumber'd plumes.

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From branch to branch the smaller birds with song
Solac'd the woods, and spread their painted wings
'Till ev'n ; nor then, the solemn nightingale 435
Ceas'd warbling, but all night tund her loft lays.
Others, on silver lakes and rivers bath'd
Their downy breast; the swan, with arched neck
Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows
Her state with oary feet : yet oft they quit

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The dank, and rising on ftiff pennons, tour
The mid aereal sky. Others on ground
Walk'd firm ; the crested cock, whose clarion sounds
The filent hours ; and th' other, whose gay train
Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue

445 Of rainbows and starry eyes. The waters thus With fish replenish'd, and the air with fowl, Ev'ning and morn folemniz’d the Fifth Day.

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The Sixth, and of creation laft, arose With ev'ning harps and matin; when God said, Let th' earth bring forth fowl living in her kind, Cattle and creeping things, and beasts of th' earth, Each in their kind !--The earth obey'd ; and straight Op’ning her fertil womb, teem'd at a birth Innumerous living creatures, perfect forms, 455 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 cattle in the fields, and meadows green:

460 Those rare and folitary ; these in flocks Pafturing at once, and in broad herds up-sprung. The graffy clods now calv'd, now half appear'd The tawny lion, pawing to get free

464 His hinder parts ; then springs as broke from bonds, And rampant 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 ftag from under ground Bore up his branching head: scarce from his mold 470 Behemoth (biggest born of earth) up-heav'd

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