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Opening their various colours, and made gay
AGAiN th' Almighty spake, Let there be lights High in th’expanse of Heaven to divide The day from nights 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 Heaven To give light on the earth; and it was so. 345 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 sťars,
From him, for other light she needed none
383 Glad evening 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 Display'd on th' open firmament of Heaven.
390 And God created the great whales, and each Soul living, each that crept, which plenteously The waters generated by their kinds, And every bird of wing after his kind; And saw that it was good, and bless'd them, saying, 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. Forthwith the sounds and seas, each creek and bay With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals 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 i Of coral stray, or sporting with quick glance 40; 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
415 Draws in, and at his trunk spouts out a sea. Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens and shores Their brood as numerous hatch, from th' egg that soon Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclos'd Their callow young, but feather'd soon and fledge 420 'They summ’d their pens, and soaring th' air sublime 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 In common, rang'd in figure wedge their way, Intelligent of seasons, and set forth Their airy caravan high over seas Flying, and over lands with mutual wing Easing their flight; so steers the prudent crane
430 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
The sixth, and of creation last arose With evening harps and matin, when God said, 450 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 Opening her fertile womb, teem'd at a birth Innumerous living creatures, perfect forms,
455 Limb’d and full grown: out of the ground uprose 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 : Those rare and solitary, these in flocks Pasturing at once, and in broad herds upsprung. The grassy clods now calv’d, now half appear'd The tawny lion, pawing to get His hinder parts, then springs as broke from bonds, 465 And rampant shakes his brinded mane; the ounce, The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole