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And surging waves, as mountains, to assault Appear'd not : over all the face of Earth Heaven's height, and with the centre mix the Main ocean powd, not idle; but, with warm pole.
peace,' Prolific humour softening all her globe, " "Silence, ye troubled wares, and thou deep, Fermented the great mother to conceive, Said then the omnitic Word ;' your discord end!" Sative with genial moisture ; when God said, Nor staid; but, on the wings of cherubiin "Be gatherd nos ye waters under Heaven Uplitted, in paternal glory rode
Into one plue, and let dry iand appear.' Par into Chaos, and the world unborn ;
immediately the mountains huge appear For Chaos heard his voice : him all his train Emergent, and their broad bare backs upheave Followd in bright procession, to behold
into the clouds; their tups ascend the sky: Creation, and the wonders of his might.
So high as heav'd the tumid bilis, so low Tlien staid the fervid wheels, and in his hand Down sunk a hollow bottom broad and deep, He took the golden compasses, prepard
Capacivus bed of waters: thither they In God's eternal store, to circumscribe
Hasted with glad precipitance, uproll d, This universe, and all created things :
As drops on dhist conglobing from the dry: One foot he center'd, and the other turn'd Pari rise in crystal wall, or ridge direct, Round through the vast profundity obscure ; For haste; such fight the great command imAnd said, “Thus far extend, thus farthy bounds,
press'd This le thy just circumference, O World !! On the swift foods: as armies at the call Thus God the Heaven created, thus the Earth, Of trumpets (tur of arinies thou hast heard) Matter unförm'd and void : darkness profound Troup to their standard ; so the watery throng, Cover'd the abyss: but on the watery caim Wave rolling after ware, wiele way they found, His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspread, listeer, with torrent rap'ure, if through plain, And vital virtue infus'd, anul vital warmth Soft-ebbing! nor withstood them sock or hill; Throughout the Auid mass; but downward Put they, or under ground, or circuit wide purg'd
With serpent errour wandering, found their way, The black tartarcous cold infernal dregs, And on the washy oos deep channels wore; Adverse to life: then founded, then conglob'd Easy, ere God had bid the ground be dry, Like things to like; the rest to several piace AJI but within those banks, where rivers now Disparted, and between spun out the air; Stream, and perpetual draw their hunid train. And Farth, self-balanc'd, on lier centie hung. The dry land, Earth; and the great receptacie “ • Let there be light,' said God; and wrthwith Of congregated waters, he call'd Seas: Light
And saw that it was good, and said, Let the Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure
Earth Sprung from the deep; and from her native east Put forth the verdant grass, herb yielding secil, Tojourney through the aery gloom began, And fruit-tree yielding fruit after her kind, Spher'd in a radiant cloud, for yet the Sun Whose seed is in herself upon the Farth.' Was not; she in a cloudy tabernacle
lle scarce had said, when the bare Earth, till then Sojourn'd the while. God saw the light was good; Desert and bare, unsightly, unadorn'd, [riad And light from darkness by the heinispiere Brought forth the tender grass, whose versiue Divided : light the Day, and darkness Night, Her universal face with pleasant green; He nam'd. Thus was the first day even and morn: Then herbs of every lear, that sudden ilower'd Nor past unce.ebrated, nor unsung
Opening their various colours, anıl ina le gay By the celestial quires, when orient light Hier busom, smeling sweet: and, thesc scarce Exhaling first froin darkness they beheld;
[ereit Eirib-day of Heaven and Earth; with joy and Forth flourishi'd thick the clustering vine, torih The hollow universal orb they fillid, (shout | The swelling gourd, up stood the comiy reid And wuch'd their golden harps, and hymning Embattled in her field, and the launble shrui), prais'd
And bust with frizzled hair implieit: last God and his works; Creator him they sung, Rose, as in dance, the stately trees, and spread Loth when first evening was, and when first Their branches hung with copivas fruit, or
[crown'd, " Again, God said, “Let there be firinament Their blossoms: with high woods the hills rere Amid the waters, and let it divide
With tufts the valleys, and each fountain site; The waters from the waters ;' and God made With burders long the rivers: that Farth now The firmament, expanse of liquid, pure,
Seer'd like to Iltarea, a seat where yods might Transparent, elemental air, diffus'd
dwell, In circuit to the utte pinost convex
Or wander with delight, and love to haunt Of this great round; partition firin and sure, Her sacred s, ides: though Gud had yet not The waiers underneath from those above
rain's Dividing : for as Earth, so he the sorid
Upon the Earth, and man to till the ground Built on circumfluous waters cam, in wide None was ; but from the Earth a dewy mist Crystalline occan, and the loud misriile
Went up, an'l water'd all the ground, and each Of Chaos far remov'd; lest fierce extremes Plant of the field; which, ere it was in the Earth, Contiguous might distemper the whole frame: God made, and erery herb, before it grew And Heaven he nam'd the Firmament: so even On the green stem: God saw that it was good : And morning chorus sung the second day. (yet So even and morn recorded the third day.
The Earth was form'd, but in the womb as Avain ihe Almighty spake, ** Let there be Of waters, embryon immature involv’d, High in the expanse of Heave.., to divide [lights
The day from night; and let them be for signs | Or, in their pearly shells at ease, attend For seasons, and for days, and circling years; Moist nutriment; or under rocks their food And let them be for lights, as I ordain
In jointed armour watch: on smooth the seal, Their office in the firmament of Heaven, And bended dolphins play: part huge of bulk To give light on the Earth ;' and it was so. [use Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait, And God made two great lights, great for their Tempest the ocean: there leviathan, To Man, the greater to have rule by day, Hugest of living creatures, on the deep The less by night, altern; and made the stars, Stretch'd like a promontory sleeps or swims, And set them in the firmament of Heaven And seems a moring land; and at his gills To illuminate the Earth, and rule the day Draws in, and at his trunk spoots out, a sea. In their vicissitude, and rule the night,
Mean while the tepid caves, and fens, and shores, And light from darkness to divide. God saw, Their brood as numerous hatch, from the egg Surveying his great work, that it was good :
that soon For of celestial bodies first the Sun
Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclos'd A mighty sphere he fram'd, unlightsome first, Their callow young; but featherd soon and Though of ethereal mould: then form'd the
(sublime, Globose, and every magnitude of stars, [Moon They summ’d their pens; and, soaring the air And sow'd with stars the Heaven, thick as a With clang despis'd the ground, under a cloud of light by far the greater part he took, [field: In prospect; there the eagle and the stork Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and plac'd On cliffs and cedar tops their eyries build : lo the Sun's orb, made porous to receive Part loosely wing the region, part more wise and drink the liquid light; firm to retain In common, rang'd in figure, wedge their way, Her gather'd beams, great palace now of light. Intelligent of seasons, and set forth Hither, as to their fountain, other stars
Their aery caravan, high over seas Repairing, in their golden uits draw light, Flying, and over lands, with mutaal wing And hence the morning-planet gilds her homs; Easing their flight; so steers the prudent crane By tincture or reflection they augment
Her annual voyage, borne on winds; the air Their small peculiar, though from human sight Floats as they pass, fann'd with umnumber'd So far remote, with diminution scen.
(song First in his east the glorious lamp was seen, From branch to branch the smaller birds with Regent of day, and all the horizon round Solac'd the woods, and spread their painted wings Invested with bright rays, jocund to run [gray Till even; vor then the solemn nightingale His longitude through Heaven's high road; the Ceas'd warbling, but all night tun'd ber soft lays: Dawn, and the Pleiades, before him danc'd, Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bath'd Shedding sweet influence: less bright the Their downy breast; the swan with arched neck, But opposite in levelPd west was set, (Moon, Between her white wings mantling proadly, rots His mirrour, with full face borrowing her light Her state with oary feet; yet oft they quit From him; for other light she needed none The dank, and, rising on stiff pennons, tower In that aspect, and still that distance keeps The mid aëreal sky: others on ground Till night, then in the east her turn she shines, Walk'd firm; the crested cock whose clarion Revolv'd on Heaven's great axle, and her reign
sounds With thousand lesser lights dividual holds, The silent hours, and the ofher whose gay train With thousand thousand stars, that then ap- Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue pear'd
Of rainbows and starry eyes. The waters thus Spangling the hemisphere: then first adorn'd With fish replenish'd, and the air with fowl, With
their bright luminaries that set and rose, Evening and morn solemniz'd the fifth day. Glad evening and glad morn crown'd the fourth “The sixth, and of creation last, arose day.
With evening harps and matin; when God said, " And God said, “Let the waters generate Let the Earth bring forth soul living in her kind, Reptile with spawn abundant, living soul : Caitle, and crceping thmgs, and beast of the And let fowl fly above the Earth, with wings
(straight Display'd on the open firmament of Heaven.' Each in their kind. The Earth obey'd, and And God created the great whales, and each Opening her fertile womb teem'd at a birth Soul living, each that crept, which plenteously Innumerous living creatures, perfect forins, The waters gene. "ted by their kinds ;
Limb’d and full grown: out of the ground up And every bird of wing after his kind ;
rose, And saw that it was good, and bless'd them, As from his lair, the wild beast, where he woms • Be fruitful, multiply, and in the seas, (saying, In forest wild, in thicket, brake, or den; And lakes, and running streams, jie waters fill : Among the trees in pairs they rose, they walk do And let the fowl be multiplied, on the Earth.' The cattle in the fields and meadows green: Forthwith the sounds and seas, each creek and Those rare and solitary, these in docks With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals [bay, Pasturing at ones, and in broad herds upsprung. Of fish that with their fins, and shining scales, The grassy clods now calv'd; now half appear'd Glide under the green wave, in sculls that oft The tawny lion, pawing to get free
(bonds, Bank the mid sea: part single, or with mate, His binder parts, then springs, as broke from Graze the sea-weed their pasture, and through And.rampant shakes his brinded mane; the groves
The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole (ounce, Of coral stray; or, sporting with quick glance, Rising, the crumbled earth abuve them threw Show to the Sun their wav'd coats dropt with gold; In hillocks: the swift stag from under growad
Bore up his branching head: scarce from his | And every living thing that moves on the Earth. mould
Wherever thus created, for no place Behemoth, biggest born of Earth, upheav'd (rose, Is yet distinct by name, thence, as thou know'st, His vastness: fleec'd the flocks and bleating He brought thee into this delicious grove, As plants : ambiguous between sea and land This garden, planted with the trees of God, The river-horse, and scaly crocodile.
Delectable both to behold and taste ; At once came forth whatever creeps the ground, And freely all their pleasant fruit for food Insect or worm : those wav'd their limber fans Gave thee; all sorts are here that all the Earth For wings, and smallest lineaments exact Variety without end; but of the tree, [yields, In all the liveries deck'd of summer's pride, Which, tasted, works knowledge of good and With spots of gold and purple, azure and green:
[diest ; These, as a line, their long dimension drew, Thou may'st not; in the day thou eat'st, thou Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; not all Death is the penalty imposed; beware, Minims of nature ; some of serpent-kind, And govern well thy appetite; lest Sin Wonderous in length and corpulence, involvid Surprise thee, and her black attendant Death. Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept " Here finished he, and all that he had made The parsimonious emmet, provident
View'd, and behold all was entirely good ; Of future ; in small room large heart enclos'd ; So even and morn accomplish'd the sixth day: Pattern of just equality perhaps
Yet not till the Creator from his work Hereafter, join'd in her popular tribes
Desisting, though unwearied, up return'd, Of commonalty: swarming next appear'd Up to the Heaven of Heavens, bis high abode; The female bee, that feeds her husband drone Thence to behold this new created world, Deliciously, and builds her waxen cells
The addition of his empire, how it show'd With honey stor'd: the rest are numberless, In prospect from his throne, how good, how fair, And thou their natures know'st, and gav'st them Answering his great idea. Up he rode names,
Follow'd with acclamation, and the sound Needless to thee repeated; nor unknown Symphonious of ten thousand harps, that tun'd The serpent, subtlest beast of all the field, Angelic harmonies: the Earth, the air Of huge exfent sometimes, with brazen eyes Resounded, (thou remember'st, for thou And hairy mane terrific, though to thee
heard'st,) Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.
The Hearens and all the constellations rung, “Now Heaven in all her glory shone, and roll's The planets in their station listening stood, Her motions, as the great first Mover's hand While the bright pomp ascended jubilant. First wheel'd their course: Earth in her rich Open, ye everlasting gates !' they sung, attire
Open, ye Heavens ! your living doors ; let in Consummate lovely smil'd; air, water, earth, The great Creator from his work return'd By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was Magnificent, his six days work, a world; walk'd
Open, and henceforth oft ; for God will deign Frequent; and of the sixth day yet remain'd: To visit oft the dwellings of just men, There wanted yet the master-work, the end Delighted; and with frequent intercourse Of all yet done; a creature, who, not prone Thither will send his winged messengers And brute as other creatures, but endued On errands of supernal grace.' So sung (ven, With sanctity of reason, might erect
The glorious train ascending : he through Hea... His stature, and upright with front serene That open’d wide her blazing portals, led Govern the rest, self-knowing; and from thence To God's eternal house direct the way; Magnanimous to correspond with Heaven, A broad and ainple road, whose dust is gold But grateful to acknowledge whence his good And pavement stars, as stars to thee appear, Descends, thither with heart, and voice, and eyes Seen in the galaxy, that inilky way, Directed in devotion, to adore
(chief Which nightly, as a circling zone, thou scest And worship God Sapreme, who made him Powder'd with stars. And now on Earth the Of all bis works: therefore the Omnipotent Evening arose in Eden, for the Sun (seventh Eternal Father (for where is not he
Was set, and twilight from the east came on, Present ?) thus to his Son aadibly spake. Forerunning night; when at the holy mount
««• Let us make now Man in our image, Man Of Heaven's high-seated top, the imperiat In our similitude, and let them rule
throne Over the fish and fowl of sea and air,
Of Godhead fix'd for ever firm and sure, Beast of the field, and over all the Earth, The Filial Power arriv'd, and sat him down And every creeping thing that' creeps the With his great Father ! for he also went ground.
(Man, Invisible, yet staid, (such privilege This said, he form'd thee, Adam, thee, O Hath Omnipresence) and the work ordain'd, Dust of the ground, and in thy nostrils breath'd Author and End of all things; and, from work The breath of life; in his own image he
Now resting, bless'd and hallow'd the seventh Created thee, in the image of God
As resting on that day from all his work, (day, Express; and thou becam'st a living soul. But not in silence holy kept : the harp Male he created thee; but thy consórt (said, Had work and rested not; the solemn pipe, Female, for race; then bless'd mankind, and And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop, • Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the Earth.' All sounds on fret by string or golden wire, Subdue it, and throughout dominion hold Tempered soft tunings, intermix'd with voice Over fish of the sea, and fowl of the air,
Choral or unison : of incense clouds,
Fuming from golden censers, hid the mount. Then, as new wald, thus gratefully replied.
** What thanks suicient, or what recompense Great are thy works, Jehovah ! infinite
Equal, have I to render thee, divine Thy power ! what thought can measure thee, or Historian, who thus largely hast allay'd tongue
The thirst I had of knowledge, and vouchsafd Relate thee? Greater now in tiy return
This friendly condescension to relate
With wonder, but delight, and, as is due,
With glory attributed to the bigh
Which only thy solution can resolve.
And all her number'd stars, that seem to roll To manifest the more thy might: his evil Spaces incomprehensible, (for snch Thou usest, and from theree creat'st more good. Their distance argues, and their swift retum Witness this new-mate world, another Hiaren Diumal,) merely to officiate light From Ileaven-gate not far, founded in view Round this opacous Earth, this punctual spot, On the clear hyaline, the glassy sea;
One day and night ; in all their vast survey Of amplitude almost immense, with stars
Useless besides ; reasoning I oft admire, Numerous, and every star perhaps a world How Nature wise and frugal could commit Of clestin'd habitation ; but thou know'st Such disproportions, with superfluous hand Their seasons: among these the seat of men, So many nobler bodies to create, Farth, with her nether ocean circumfus'd, Greater so Tianifuld, to this one use, Their pleasant duelling-place. Thrice happy For aught appears, and on their orbs impose men,
(ranc'd! Such restless revolution day by day And sons of men, whom God hath thus ad- Pepeated ; while the sedentary Earth, Created in his image there to dwell
That better might with far less compass more, And worship him; and in reward to rule
Serv'd by more noble than herself, attains Over las works, on earth, in sea, or air,
Her end without least motion, and receives, And multiply a race of worshippers
As tribute, such a slimless journey brought Holy and just : thrice happy, if they know Of incorporeal speed, her warmth and light; Their happiness, and persevere upright!' Speed, to describe whose swittness number fails." “ So sung they, and the empyrean rung
So spake our sire, and by his countenance With haileluiabs: thus was sabbath kept.
[Ese And thy request think now fulfill'd, that ask'd Entering on studions thoughts abstruse; silica How first this world and face of things began, Perceiving, where she sat retird in sight, And what before thy memory was done
With lowliness majestic from her seat, From the beginning ; that posterity,
And grace that won who saw to wish her stay, Informd bythee, inight know: if else thou seek'st | Rose, and went forth among her fruits and Anght not surpassing human measure, say."
Yet went she not, as not with such discourse
Delighted, or not capable ber ear
Of what was high: such pleasure she reserv'd,
Adam relating, she sole auditress :
Before the angel, and of him to ask
Chose rather; he, she knew, would intermix
Grateful digressions, and solve high dispute Adam inquires concerning celestial motions; is with coningal caresses : from his lip
doub:fuily ansnered, and exhoried to scarch Not words alone pleas'd her. O! when meet now rather things more worthy of kiowledge: Adam Such pairs, in love and mutual honour joind? assents; and, siill desirous to deta in faphael, With goddess-like demcamour furth sbe went, relates to him what he remembered since his Not unattended ; for on her, as queen, own creation ; his placing in Paradise ; bis A pomp of winning graces waited still, talk with God concerning solitude and fit so
And from about her shot darts of desire ciety: his first meeting and nuptials with Eve: Into all eyes, to wish her still in sight. his discourse with the angel thereupon ; who, And Raphael now, to Adam's doubt propos'd, after admonitions repeated, departs.
Benevolent and facile thus replied.
“To ask or search, I blaine thee not; for Heared The antel ended, and in Adam's ear
Is as the book of God before thee set, So charıning left his voice, that he a while Wherein to read his wondrous works, and learn Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to His seasons, hours, or days, or months, or years hear ;
This to attain, whether Heaven mure or Earth,
Imports not, if thou reckon right; the rest If Earth, industrious of herself, ferch day
Travelling east, and with her part arerse
Friin the Sun's beam meet night, her other part His secrets to be scann'd by them who ought Still luminous by his rav. What if that light, Rather admire; or, if they list to try
Sent from her through the wide transpicuous air, Conjecture, he his fabric of the Heavens
To the terrestrial Moon be as a star, Hath left to their disputes, perhaps to move Enlightening her by day as site by night H slaughter at their quaint opinions wide This Earih? reciprocal ifland be there, Hereafter; when they come to model Heaven Fields and inhabitants : her spotz thou seest And calculate the stars, how they will wield As clouds, and clouds may rain, and rain proluce The mighty frame; how build, unbuild, contrive Fruits in her soften'd soil, for some to eat To cave appearances; how gird the sphere Alloiteilthere; ard other suns perhaps, With centric and eccentric scribbled o'er,
With their attendant moons, thou wilt descry, Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb:
Communicating male and female light; Already by thy reasoning this I guess,
Which two great sexes animate the world, Who art to lead thy offspring, and supposest Stor'd in each orb perhaps with some that live. Tha: borlies bright and greater should not serre For such vast room in Nature unpossess'd The less not bright, nor Heaven such journeys By living soul, desert, and desolate, Farth sitting still, when she alone receives (run, Only to shine, yet scarce to contribute The benefit: consider first, that great
Each orb a glimpse of light, cmvey'd so far Or bright infers not excellence : the Earth Down to this bab:table, which returns Though, in comparison of Heaven, so small, Light back to them, is obvious to dispute. Nor glistering, may of solid good contain But whether thus thesethings, or whether not; More plenty than the Sun that barren shines; Whether the Son, predominant in Heaven, Whose virtue on itself works no effect,
Rise on the Earth; or Earth rise on the Sun'; But in the fruitful Earth; there first receivd, He from the east his flaming road begin ; His beams, unactive else, their vigour find. Or she from west her silent course advance, Yet not to Farth are those bright luminaries With inofiensive pace that spinning sleeps Officious; but to thee, Earth's habitant.
On her sof: axle, while she paces eren, And for the Heaven's wide circuit, let it speak And bears thee soft with the sinonth air alons; The Maker's high magnificence, who built Solicit not ihy thoughts with matters hid ; So spacious, and his line stretch'd out so far, Leave them to God ab've; him serve, and fear! That man may know he dwells not in his own; Of other creatures, as himn pienses best, An edifice too large for bim to till,
Wherever placed, let him dispose; joy thou Indg'd in a small partition; and the rest In what he gives to thre, this Pirasise Ordain'd for uses to his Lord best known.
And thy fair Eve; Heaven is for thee too high The swiftness of those circles attribute,
To know what passes there; be kry wise : Though numberless, to his omnipotence,
Think only what concems then, 27 thy beirt; That to corporeal substances could add [slow, Dream rot of other worldle, pict creatures there Speed almost spiritual: me thou think'st not Live, in what state, condition, or degree; Who since the morning-hour set out from Hea- Contended that thus far hath been reveald
Not of Earth only, bnt of highet Fleaven.” Where God resides, and ere mid-day arriv'd To whom ihus Idam, cleard of douilt, replied. In Eden ; distance inexpressible
" How fully hast thou satisfied me, pure By numbers that hare oaie.
But this I urge,
Intelligence of Heaven, angel sorene! Admitting motion in the Heavens, to show And freed from intricacies, taught to live Invalid that which thee to doubt it mov'd; The easiest way; nor with perplexing thoughts Not that I so affirm, though so it seem
To interrupt the sweet of life, from which To thee who hast thy dwelling here on Farth. God heth bid dwell far off all anxious cares, God, to remove his ways from human sense, and not molest 115 ; unless we nurselves Plac'd Heaven from Earth so far, that earthly Seek them with randering thongtis, ad now sight,
But ape the mind orfmey is to tuve [tions rain. If it presuine, might orr in things too high, Uncheck'd, and of lier rering is ro en:l; Lod no advantage gain. What if the Sun Till varnid op hy experience taught, s'e learn, Be centre to the world; and other stars,
That for to knot at large of things remote By his attractive virtro and their own
From use, obscure and subtle; but to know Incitud, dance about him various rounds ? That which besso u: lies ir apylife, Their wandering course now high, now low, Is the prime vislom: what is incre, is fome, then hid,
Or emptiness, or unr impertinence: Progressive, retrograde, or standing still, Aurt renders us, in things that must concern, In six thou seest; and what if seventh to these Unpractis'd, urprepard, and tilto serk.' The planet Earth, so stedfast though she seem, Therefore from this bish pich let 17s descend Insens bly three different motions move?
Aloser fight, and speak of things at hand Which else to several spheres thou must ascribe, Useft; wieoce, haply, mention may arise Mor'd contrary with th:vart obliquities;
(f something not in schemable to ask, Orsave the Sun his labour, and i har grift By sufferance, and thy ponted fivour, deign'i, Nocturnal and diurnal rhomb supposid,
Thee I have begrireating what is done ins.sible else above all stars, the wheel
Ere my remembrance : now, hear me relate Of day and night; which needs not thy belief, My story, which perhaps thou hast not heard;