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Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue
The sixth, and of creation last, arose
446 starry eyes] See Beaumont's Psyche, c. i. st. 61. v. 2.
• As when the gallant peacock doth display
His starry train. and A. Ramsæi Poem. Sacr. vol. i. p. 8.
Dum tumet, et caudæ stellate syrmata spectat.' 451 soul] In Milton's own edition foul living.' Bentley pointed out the error and corrected it.
452 things] Bentley and Newton consider that there is an error in the text, and that we ought to read “thing.' 457 wonns] Fairfax's Tasso, b. xvi. st. 67.
• A thousand devils in Limbo deep that wonne.' Todd. 462 broad) Hom. Il. xi. 678.
-άιπόλια πλάτε' αιγών. Richardson.
clods now calv’d; now half appeard The tawny lion, pawing to get free 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 billocks; the swift stag from under ground Bore up his branching head; scarce from his mould Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheav'd 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 wav'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:
463 calv’d] See Nonni Dionysiaca, iv. 427.
Και στάχυς αυτολόχευτος ανηέξητο γιγάντων, ,
'Εκ λαγόνων κατά βαιόν αταρβεϊ μάρνατο Καδμω. 465 broke] Virg. Æn. xi. 492.
• Abruptis fugit præsepia vinclis.' 466 shakes] A. Ramsæi P. Sacr. vol. i. p. 9.
• Hinc Leo prædator, Lybicis nova incola campis,
These as a line their long dimension drew,
484 snaky folds] A. Rams. P. Sacr. i. 10.
• Atque orbibus orbes Implexos sinuantem anguem.' 485 provident—large heart] The former part from Hor. Sat. I. i. 35, and the latter from Virg. Georg. iv. 83. Newton.
waren cells) So Marino's Sl. of the Innocents, p. 28.
In troops, unto their waren camp convey.' 497 hairy mane] See Virg. Æn. ii. 206. Petronii Troja Elosis, v. 38. J. Obsequens de Prodigiis, p. 54. Angues jubati.' Plauti
Now heaven in all her glory shone, and rollid Her motions, as the great First Mover's hand First wheeld their course; earth in her rich attire Consummate lovely smild; air, water, earth, By fowl, fish, beast, was flown, was swum, was walk'd Frequent; and of the sixth day yet remain’d; There wanted yet the master-work, the end Of all yet done; a creature, who not prone And brute as other creatures, but indued With sanctity of reason, might erect His stature, and upright with front serene Govern the rest, self-knowing; and from thence 510 Magnanimous to correspond with heaven; 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 515 Of all his works: therefore the 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 similitude, and let them rule 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, Dust of the ground, and in thy nostrils breath'd 525 The breath of life : in his own image he
Amphitr. act. v. sc. i. "Jubatus anguis major solitis.' Capitolin. Vit. Anton. Pii, ix. 35, ed. Putman.
Created thee, in the image of God
yet distinct by name, thence, as thou know'st,
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 Desisting, though unwearied, up return’d, Up to the heaven of heavens his high abode, 536 thence] Tickell, Fenton, and Bentley have adopted in this
a wrong punctuation, putting only a comma after "earth' (534), and a full stop after 'name' (536). Newton restored the reading of Milton's own editions.