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His vastness: fleec'd 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 way'd their limber fans,
For wings; and smallest 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,
Streaking the ground with finuous trace: not all
Minims of nature ; some of serpent-kind,
Wondrous in length and corpulence, involvid
Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept
The parsimonious emmet, provident
Of future ; in small room large heart inclos'd!
(Pattern of just equality perhaps
Hereafter, joined in her popular tribes
Of commonalty.) Swarming next, appear'a
The female bee, that feeds her husband drone 496
Delicioufly, and builds her waxen cells
With honey ftor'd. The rest are numberless,
And thou their natures know'it, and gav'st them names,
Needless to thee repeated : nor unkrown
The serpent (subtleft beast of all the field)
Of huge extent sometimes, with brazen eyes
And hairy mane terrific, though to thee
Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.
Now heav’n in all her glory shon, and rowi'd Her motions, as the great First Mover's hand
Firî wheel'd their course : earth in her rich attire
Consummate lovely smild ; air, water, earth,
By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was walk'd
tiequent; and of the Sixth Day yet remain'd.
yet the master-work, the end
Of all yet done; a creature, who not prone,
And brute as other creatures, but indu'd
With fanctity of reason, in ght erect
His ftature, 'and upright with front serene
Govern the rest, felf-knowing ; and from thence 510
Magnanimous, to correspond with heav'n :
But grateful to acknowledge whence his good
Descends ; thither with heart, and woice, and eyes
Directed in devotion, to adore
And worship God Supreme, who made him chiof
Of all his works : therefore th'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 fimilitude, and let them rule
Over the fish and fowl, of sea and air,
Beast of the field, and over all the earth,
And ev'ry creeping thing that creeps the ground !
This faid, He form'd thee, Adam, thee O Man! Dust of the ground ; and in thy noftrils breath'd 525 The breath of life ; in His own image he Created thee ; in the image of God Express ; and thou becam'st a living foul. Male he created thee; but thy confort Female, for race : then bless'd mankind, and said 536 Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth ; Subdue it, and throughout dominion hold Over fish of the sea, and fowl of th'air, And ev'ry living thing that moves on th’earth,' Where-ever thus created ; for no place
535 Is yet diftinct by name. Thence (as thou know its 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 th' earth yields, Variety without end !) But, of the tree, Which tasted works knowledge of good and evil, Thou may'ft not: in the day thou eat it, thou dy'it : Death is the penalty impos'd : beware!
545 And govern well thy appetite, left Sin Surprize 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 ev'n and morn accomplish'd the Sixth Day.
Yet not, 'till the Creator from His work
Defifting, though un-wearied, up return'd;
Up to the heav'n of heav'ns. His high abode :
Thence to behold this new created world,
Th'addition of his empire, how it shew'd
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 tun'd
Angelick harmonies : the earth; the air
Relounded, (thou remember'it, for thou heard's)
The heav'ns and all the constellations rung :
The planets in their station list’ning stood,
While the bright pomp afcended jubilant.
Open, ye everlasting gates! they sung,
Open, ye heav'ns ! your living doors ; let in
The great Creator, from His work return'd
Magnificent, His fix days work, a world :
Open, and henceforth oft ; for God will deign
To visit oft the dwellings of just men,
Delighted ; and with frequent intercourse
Thither will send his winged messengers,
On errands of fupernal grace. So fung
The glorious train afcending. He through heav'n,
That open'd wide her blazing portals, led
To God's eternal house direct the way:
A broad and ample road, whose duft is gold,
And pavement stars, as itars to thee appear,
Seen in the galaxy: (that milky way
Włic'i nightly, as a circling zone, thou feest
Powder'd with stars.) And now on earth the sevent'a
Ev'ning arose in EDEN ; for the sun
Was fet, and twilight from the east came on,
Fore-running night: when, at the holy mount
Of heav'n's high-feated top, th'imperial throne 585
Of Godhead fix'd for ever firm and sure,
The filial pow'r arriv'd, and sat Him down
With His great Father: for He also went
Invisible, yet staid (such privilege
Hath Omnipresence) and the work ordain'd,
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
Had work, and rested not; the solemn pipe, 595
And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop,
All sounds on fret by itring, 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 Șix Days acts, they sung.
Great are thy works, JEHOVAH! infinite
Thy pow'r ! 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 apoftate, and their counsels vain,
Thou hast repell’d; while impiously they thought
Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw
The number of thy worshippers. Who seeks
To leffen Thee, against his purpose ferves
To manifest the more Thy might : his evil
Thou usest, and from thence creat'a more good.
Witness this new-made World, another heav'n !
From heaven.gate not far, founded in view
On the clear hyaline, the glasfy fea;
Of amplitude almoft immense, with stars
620 Numerous, and every star perhaps a world Of destin'd habitation ; but Thou know'it Their fea’ons: 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
Over his works, on earth, in sea, or air ;
And multiply a race of worshippers,
Holy and jutt: thrice happy, if they know
Their happiness, and persevere upright!
So fung they, and the empyrean rung
With Hallelujahs: thus was fabbath kept.
And thy request think now fulfilld, that alk'd
How first this world, and face of things, began,
And what, before thy memory, was done
From the beginning ; that pofterity,
Inform’d-by thee might know. If else thou seek'st
Ought, not surpassing human measure, say, 640
The End of the Seventh Book.