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None was, but from the earth a dewy mist
up and water'd all the ground, and each Plant of the field, which, ere it was in th' earth, God made, and ev'ry herb, before it grew 336 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 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, as I ordain Their office in the firmament of Heav'n, To give light on the earth : and it was so. 345 And God made two great lights, great for their
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'illuminate 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 : For, of celestial bodies, first the sun, A mighty sphere, he fram’d, unlightsome first, Though of ethereal mould: then form’d the moon Globose, and ev'ry 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 In the sun's orb, made porous to receive
And drink the liquid light, firm to retain
Display'd on th'
firmament of Heav'n. 390 And God created the great whales, and each Soul living, each that crept, which plenteously The waters generated by their kinds, And ev'ry bird of wing after his kind; And saw that it was good, and bless'd them, saying,
395 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. Forth with the sounds and seas, each creek and bay With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals 400 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 through
groves Of coral stray, or sporting with quick glance, 405 Show to the sun their wav'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 seal, And bended dolphins play: part huge of bulk 410 Wallowing unwieldy', enormous in their gait, Tempest the ocean: there leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, on the deep Stretch'd 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 num'rous hatch, from th'
egg that soon Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclos'd Their callow young, but feather'd soon and fledge They summ’d their pens, and soaring th' air sublime,
421 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 loosely wing the region, part more wise 425 In common, rang’d in figure, wedge' their way, Intelligent of seasons, and set forth Their aery caravan high over seas Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing, 429 Easing their flight; so steers the prudent crane Her annual voyage, borne 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 ev'n, nor then the solemn nightingale 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 arched neck Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows Her state with oary feet; yet oft they quit 440 The dank, and rising on stiff pennons, tow'r The mid aëreal sky: others on ground Walk'd firm. The crested cock, whose clarion
The silent hours, and th' other whose
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 solemniz'd the fifth day.
The sixth, and of creation last, arose 449 With ev'ning harps and matin, when God said, Let th' earth bring forth soul-living in her kind, Cattle and creeping things, and beast of th' earth, Each in their kind. The earth obey'd; and
straight Op’ning her fertile womb, teem'd at a birth Innum'rous living creatures, perfect forms, 455 Limb’d and full grown. Out of the
Out of the ground up rose As from his lair 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 solitary, these in flocks, Past'ring at once, and in broad herds upsprung. The grassy
clods now calv'd; now half appear'd The tawny lion, pawing to get free His hinder parts, then springs as broke from bonds,
465 And rampant shakes his brinded mane: theounce, The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw In hillocs: the swift stag from under ground 469 Bare up his branching head: scarce from his mould