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“ They view'd the vast immeasurable abyss,
Up from the bottom turn'd by furious winds,
“ And surging waves as mountains, to assault 215 “Heaven's height, and with the centre mix the pole.
"Silence, ye troubled waves, and thou, deep, peace!'
Uplifted, in paternal glory rode
Creation, and the wonders of his might.
“ Then staid the fervid wheels; and in his hand 225 “ He took the golden compasses, prepar'd
“ In God's eternal store, to circumscribe
“ Adverse to life: then founded, then conglob'd 240 “ Like things to like; the rest to several place
Disparted; and, between, spun out the air:
“Let there be light!' said God: and forthwith light “ Ethereal—first of things-quintessence pure,
Sprung from the deep; and from her native East
Sojourn’d the while. God saw the light was good; “ And light from darkness by the hemisphere “Divided : light the Day, and darksome Night, “ He nam’d. Thus was the First Day ev'n and morn; “ Nor past uncelebrated, nor unsung,
By the celestial quires, when orient light 255 " Exhaling first from darkness they beheld
• Birth-day of heaven and earth! with joy, and shout,
“ God and his works; Creator him they sung, 260 " Both when First Ev'ning was, and when First Morn.
Again, God said, ' Let there be firmament
“ The firmament-expanse of liquid, pure, 265 " Transparent, elemental air, diffus'd
“ In circuit to the uttermost convex
“ Dividing: for as earth, so he the world
“Crystalline ocean, and the loud misrule
Contiguous might distemper the whole frame.
“And heaven he nam'd the firmament; so ev'n 275 “And morning chorus sung the Second Day.
“ The earth was form’d, but in the womb as yet “Of waters, embryon immature, involvid,
Appear'd not: over all the face of earth
“ Main ocean flow'd, not idle ; but, with warm 280 “ Prolific humour soft'ning all her globe,
“Fermented the great mother to conceive,
“. Be gather'd now, ye waters under heaven,
Immediately the mountains huge appear
“ Into the clouds: their tops ascend the sky:
“ Down sunk a hollow bottom, broad, and deep290 “ Capacious bed of waters: thither they
“ Hasted with glad precipitance, uprollid,
“If steep, with torrent rapture; if through plain, 300 “Soft ebbing; nor withstood them rock or hill;
“But they, or under ground, or circuit wide
(Easy, ere God had bid the ground be dry,) 305 “ All, but within those banks, where rivers now
“Stream, and perpetual draw their humid train.
“ And saw that it was good: and said, ' Let the earth 310 “. Put forth the verdant grass, herb yielding seed,
“And fruit-tree yielding fruit after her kind,
the earth!' “He scarce had said, when the bare earth, till then
“ Desert, and bare, unsightly, unadorn’d, 315 “ Brought forth the tender grass, whose verdure clad
“ Her universal face with pleasant green;
“Her bosom, smelling sweet: and, these scarce blown, 320 “ Forth flourish'd thick the clust'ring vine—forth crept
“ The swelling gourd-up stood the corny reed
“ Seem'd like to heaven, a seat where gods might dwell, 330 “ Or wander with delight, and love to haunt
“ Her sacred shades. Though God had yet not rain'd
Upon the earth, and man to till the ground
God saw that it was good :
Again the Almighty spake: 'Let there be lights 340
High in the expanse of heaven, to divide
" Their office in the firmament of heaven, 345 “. To give light on the earth :' and it was so.
“ And God made two great lights, (great, for their use “ To man,) the greater to have rule by day, “ The less by night, altern; and made the stars,
“ And set them in the firmament of heaven, 350 “ To illuminate the earth, and rule the day
“ In their vicissitude, and rule the night,
Surveying his great work, that it was good :
“ For of celestial bodies first the sun,
“Though of ethereal mould; then form'd the moon
Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and plac'd
“Her gather'd beams—great palace now of light.
Hither, as to their fountain, other stars
Repairing, in their golden urns draw light;
By tincture, or reflection, they augment
“ So far remote, with diminution seen.
“Regent of day, and all the horizon round
“ Dawn, and the Pleiades, before him danc'd, 375 66
Shedding sweet influence. Less bright the moon,
“In that aspéct; and still that distance keeps
“Revolv'd on heaven's great axle, and her reign
Spangling the hemisphere—then first adorn'd 385 “ With their bright luminaries, that set and rose. “Glad ev'ning and glad morn crown'd the Fourth Day.
- And God said, 'Let the waters generate
Reptile with spawn abundant, living soul: " • And let fowl fly above the earth, with wings 390
"Display'd on th' open firmament of heaven!'
“ And God created the great whales, and each
“And every bird of wing after his kind; 395 “ And saw that it was good, and bless’d them, saying,
“. Be fruitful, multiply; and, in the seas,
“Forthwith the sounds and seas, each creek and bay, 400 “ With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals