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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 How'd, not idle; but, with warm role.
(peace,' | Prolific humour softening all her globe, "* "Silence, ye troubled waves, and thou Jeep, Fermented the great mother to conceire, Said then the omnitic Word ;- your discord end! Satiate with genial moisture ; when God said, Nor staid! ; but, on the wings of cherubim
• Be gather'd nos ye waters under Heaven Uplifted, in paternal glory rode
Into one place, and let dry land appear.' Far 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 Follow'd in bright procession, to behold
Into the clouds; their tups ascend the sky: Creation, and the wonders of his might.
So high as hrav'd the tumid bills, so low Thien staid the fervid wheels, and in his hand, Down sunk a hollow bottom brcad and deep, He took the golden compasses, prepar'd
Capacious bed of waters: thither they In God's eternal store, to circumscribe
Hasted with glad precipitance, uprolld, This universe, and all created things :
As drops on dust 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 comunand imAnd said, 'Thus far extend, thus far thy bounds,
press'd This be thy just circumference, O World !
On the swift foods: as armies at the call Thus God the Heaven created, thus the Earth, Of trumpets (fur of ar:nies thou hast heard) Matter unform'd and void : darkness profound Troop to their standard ; so the watery throng, Cover'd the abyss: but on the watery calm
Wave rolling after wave, where way they found, His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspread, Isteer, with torrent rap'ure, if throngh plain, And vital virtue infus'd, and vital warmth
Soft-ebbing ! nor witbstood them rock or hill; Throughout the fluid mass; but downward But they, or under ground, or circuit wide purgd
With serpent errour wandering, found their way, The black tartarcous cold infernal dregs, And on the washy oose Kleep channels wore; Adverse to life: then founded, then conglob'd kasy, ere God had bid the ground be dry, Like things to like; the rest to several piace All but within those banks, where rivers now Disparted, and between spun out the air;
Stream, and perpetual draw their buinid train. And Earth, self-balanc'd, on her centiehung The dry land, Earth; and the great receptacie ““Let there be light,' said God; and twrthwith 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 seeil, To journey 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, [ciad And light from darkness by the hernisphere
Brought forth the tender grass, whose verdure Divided : light the Day, and darkness Nisit, 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, and ina le gay By the celestial quires, when orient light
Fier bosom, smeling sweet: and, thesc scarce Exhaiing first froin darkness they beheld;
bown, Eirih-day of Heaven and Earth; with joy and forth flourish'a thick the clustering vine, torin The holiuw universal orb they fillid, (shout | The sweiling gourd, up stood the corny reed And wuch'd their golden harps, and hymning Embattled in ber field, and the lumble shrui, prais'd
And bust with frizzled hairimplicit: 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 copivus fruit, or morn.
[crown'd, " Again, God said, “Let there be firinament Their blossoms : with bigh woods the hills were Amid the waters, and lit it divide
With tufts the valleys, and each fountain site; The waters from the waters ;' and God made With burders long the rivers: that Far:h now The firmament, expanse of liquid, pure,
Seem'd like to Iltaren, 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 firm and sure, Her sacred sides: ihough God had yet not The waiers underneath from those above
rain d Dividing : for as Earth, so he the world
Upon the Earth, and man to till the ground Built on circumfluous waters cam, in wide None was ; but from the Eartha dewy mist Crystalline ocean, and the loud misrule
Went up, anl 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 every 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. syet So even and mora recorded the third day.
" The Earth was formd, but in the womb as Again the Almighty spake, ". Letihere be Of waters, embryon immature involvid,
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
In jointed armour watch: on smooth the seal,
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 feather'd 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 : la 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 Híther, as to their fountain, other stars
Their aery caravan, high over seas Repairing, in their golden urns draw light, Flying, and over lands, with mutaal wing And hence the morning-planet gilds her horns; Easing their fight; 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 umumber'd So far remote, with diminution seen.
plumes: 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 wing 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 levelld west was set, (Moon, Between her white wings mantling proadly, rows 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 ofber whose gay train With thousand thousand stars, that then ap Adorns him, colour'd with the ftorid 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: Cattle, and creeping things, and beast of the And let fowl ffy 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 forms, 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 wons • Be fruitful, multiply, and in the seas, saying, In forest wild, in thicket, brake, or den; And lakes, and running streams, the waters fill : | Among the trees in pairs they rose, they walk'd 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 focks With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals (bay, Pasturing at once, 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 tanny lion, pawing to get free (bonds, Bank the mid sea: part single, or with mate, His hinder 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 (oudce, Of coral stray; or, sporting with quick glance, Rising, the crumbled earth abuve them thren Show to the Sun their wav'd coats dropt with gold; In hillocks: the swift stag from underground
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 trec, (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, his 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 extent 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 smild; 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 seest And worship God Sapreme, who made him Powder'd with stars. And now on Earth the Of all his works: therefore the Omnipotent Evening arose in Eden, for the Sun (seventh Eternal Father (for where is not be
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, Pemale, for race; then bless'd mankind, and And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop, • Be frnitful, multiply, and fill the Earth.' All sounds on fret by string or golden wire, Subdue it, and throughout dominion hold
Temper'd soft tunings, intermix'd with voice Over fish of the sea, and fowl of the air,
Choral or unison : of incense elouds,
Fuming from golden censers, hid the mount. Then, as new wak'd, thus gratefully replied. Creation and the six days acts they sung:
"What thanks sufficient, 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 allap'd tongue
The thirst I had of knowledge, and vouchsaf'd Relate thee? Greater now in ti y return
This friendly condescension to relate Than from the giant angels: thee that day | Thing else by me unsearchable; now heard Thy thunders magnifiel ; but to create
With wonder, but delight, and, as is due, Is greater than created to destroy.
With glory attributed to the high Who can impair thee, Mighty King, or bound | Creator? Something yet of doubt remains, Thy empire? easily the p:oud attempt
Which only thy solution can resolve. Of spirits apostate, and their counsels vain, | When I behold this goodly frame, this world, Thou hast repellid; while impicusly they thought Of Heaven and Earth consisting; and compute Thee to diminish, and froin thee withdraw
Their magnitudes; this Earth a spot, a grain, The number of thy worshippers. Who seeks | An aton, with the firmament compar'd To lessen thee, against his purpose servez
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 return Witness this new-mate u orld, another Heaven Dinal,) merely to officiate light From leaven-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 destin'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 Dianifuld, to this one use, Their pleasant dwelling-place. Thrice happy For aught appears, and on their orbs impose men,
Tranc'd! Such restless revolution day by day And sons of men, whom God hath thus ad | Repeated; 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 is works, on caith, in sea, or air,
Her end without least motion, and receives, And mutiply a race of worshippers
As tribute, such a saimless 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 hailelniabs: thus was sabbath kept.
(Ese And thy request think now fulfill'I, that ask'd Entering on studions thoughts abstruse; sluich How first this world and face of things began, | Perceiving, where she sat retir'd 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, Inform'd bythee, might 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 her ear
Of what was high: such pleasure she reservd,
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 incnires concerning celestial motions; is with conjugal caresses: from his lip
doubtfully anspered, and exhoried to scarch Not words alone pleas'd her. O! when meet now rather things more worthy of kiowledge: Adain Such pairs, in love and mutual honour join'd? assents ; and, siill desirous to detain taphael, With goddess-like demcanour forth she went, relates to him what he remembered since his Not unattended ; for on her, as qucen, own creation ; his placing in Paradise ; bis | A pomp of winning graces waited still, talk with God concerning solitude and fit so- i and from about her shot darts of desire ciety: his first meeting and nuptials with Eve: Into all eves, to wish her still in sight. his discourse with the angel tberenpon; who, | And Raphael now, to Adam's doubt propos d, after admonitions repeated, departs.
| Benevolent and facile thus replied.
« Toask or search, I blaine thee not;for Heared The angel ended, and in Adam's ear
Is as the book of God before thee set, So charining left his voice, that he a while
Wherein to read his wondrous works, and leam Thought him sull speaking, still stood fix'd to His seasons, hours, or days, or months, or years • hear ;
This to attain, whether Heaven mure or Earthi,
Imports not, if thou reckon right; the rest | If Earth, industrious of herself, fetch day
Travelling east, and with her part arerse
Frim 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,
To the terrestrial Moon be as a star,
Enlightening ber by day as site by night
This Earth? reciprocal ifiand ne there, Hereafter; when they come to model Ilearen Fields and inhabitants : ber epots thou seest And calculate the stars, howthey will wield
As clouds, and clouds may rain, and rain produce The mighty frame; how build, unbuild, contrive Fruits in he: soften'd soil, for somnc to eat To save appearances ; how gird the sphere Alloited there; ard other sons perhaps, With centric and eccentric scribbled o'er,
With their attendant moons, thou wilt descry, Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb:
Communicating inale and female light; 1 . Already by thy reasoning this I guess,
Which two great sexes animate the world, Who art to lead thy ofispring, and supposest Stord in each orb perhaps with some that live. That bodies bright and greater should not serre For such vast room in Nature un possess'd The less not bright, nor Heaven such journeys By living soul, desert, and resolate, Farth sitting still, when she alone receives frun, | Only to shine, yet scarce to contribute The benefit: consider first, that great
Each orb a glimpse of light, Convey'd so far Or bright infers not excellence: the Earth 1 Down to this habitable, which returns Though, in coinparison of Heaven, so small, Light back to them, is obvious to dispute. Nor glistering, may of solid good contain
But whether thus thecethings, or whether not; More plenty than the Sun that barren shines; Whether the Sun, predominant in Heaveri, Whose virtue on itself works no effect,
Rise on the Earth; or Earth rise on the Sun'; vel. But in the fruitful Earth; there first receiv'd, 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 Earth are those bright laminaries With inoffensive pace that spinning sleeps Officious; but to thee, Earth's habitant.
On her sofi axle, while she paces eren, And for the Hearen's wide circuit, let it speak And bears ibee soft with the smooth air alons; The Maker's high magn ficence, who built Solicit not thy thoughts with matters hid ; So spacious, and his line stretch'd out so far, Leave them to God abive; him serve, and fear! That man may know he dwells not in his own; Of other creatures, as biin pieascs best, An edifice too large for him to fill,
Wherever plac'd, let him dispose; joy thou Loig'd in a small partition; and the rest
In what he gives to thee, this Piracise Ordain'd for uses to his word best known.
And thy fair Eve; Heaver is for thee too hich The swiftness of those circles attribute,
To know what passes there; belly wise : Though numberless, to his omnipotence,
Think only what concerns thes, rechy heira; That to corporeal substances could add [slow, Dream not of other words, what creatures there Speed almost spiritual: me thou think'st pot Live, in what state, conditiin, or degree; Who since the morning-hour set out from Hea Conten'cil that thus far hath been reveal'd
Not of Earth onl?, bit of highest Heaven." Where God resides, and ere mid-day arriv'd 1 To whom ihus Adam, cleard of doutt, replied. In Eden; distance inexpressible
• How fully hast thou satisfied me, pure By numbers that hare name. But this I urge, Intelligence of Heaven, angel serene! 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 rith perploring 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 Earth. Gurthrth bid dwell far off all anxious cares, . God, to remove his ways from human sense, and not molest 15; unless we ourselves Plac'd Heaven from Earth so far, that earthly Scek them with wandering thoughes, and no
B:t apt the mind orfincy is to rote (tions rain. If it presume, misht err in things too high, Uncheck'd, and of her rering is ro end; And no advantage gain. What if the Sun Til warn'd. or by experience taurhi, she learn, Be centre to the world; and other stars,
That not to know at lameofthiurs remoto By his attractive virtue and their own
From use, ou cure and subtle; but to know Incited, dance about him various rounds ?
That which before us lies ir daiyle, Their wandering course now high, now low, is the prime wis!o: . what is corre, is fume, then hid,
Or emptiness, or fon? impertinence: Progressire, retrograde, or standing still,
And rerders us, in things that most concern, lo six thou seest; and what if seventh to these Inpractis', unprepared, and till to serk. The planet Earth, so stedfast though she secin, | Therefore from this birth nich let us descend Insens bly three different motions move? | Alorrer fight, an: speak of things at hard Which else to several spheres thou must ascı be, Useful, whence, harly, preotion may arise Mor'd contrary with thwart obliguities;
Of somethiusnot uisrasonable in all
Thee I hare her i relatiny vhat was done
Ere my remembrance : pow, hear me relate .