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Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw
In hillocs: the swift stag from under ground
Bare up his branching head : scarce from his mould
Behemoth biggest born of earth upheav'd

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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 :
These as a line their long dimension drew,
Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; not all
Minims of nature ; some of serpent kind,
Wondrous in length and corpulence, involv'd
Their snaky folds, and added wings. First crept
The parsimonious emmet, provident

485 Of future, in small room large heart inclos'd, Pattern of just equality perhaps Hereafter, join'd in her popular tribes Of commonalty : swarming next appear'd The female bee, that feeds her husband drone Deliciously, and builds her waxen cells With honey stor’d: the rest are numberless, And thou their natures know'st, and gav'st them names, Needless to thee repeated;

nor unknown The serpent subtlest beast of all the field,

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And hairy mane terrific, though to thee
Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.

Now Heav'n in all her glory shone, and rollid
Her motions, as the great first Mover's hand soo
First wheel'd their course ; earth in her rich attire
Consummate lovely smil'd; 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 505
Of áll 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
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 th' 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

520 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

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The breath of life; in his own image he
Created thee, in the image of God
Express, and thou becam’st a living soul.
Male he created thec, but thy consirt
Female for race; then bless'd mankind, and said, 530
Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth,
Subdue it, and throughout dominion hold
Over fish of the sea, and fowl of th' air,
And every living thing that moves on th' earth.
Wherever thus created, for no place

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Is yet distinct by name, thence, as thou know'st,
He brought thee into this delicious grove,
This garden, planted with the trees of God,
Delectable both to behold and taste;
And freely all their pleasant fruit for food 540
Gave thce; all sorts are here that all th' earth yields
Variety without end; but of the tree,
Which tasted works knowledge of good and evil,
Thou may’st not; in the day thou eat'st, thou dy'st ;
Death is the penalty impos’d, beware,

545 And govern well thy appetite, lest Sin Surprise thee, and her black attendant Death.

Here finish'd he, and all that he had made
View'd, and behold all was entirely good;
So even and morn accomplish'd the sixth day:

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Yet not till the Creator from his work
Desisting, though unwearied, up return'd,
Up to the Heav'n of Heav'ns his high abode,
Thence to behold this new created world
Th' addition of his empire, how it show'd 555

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In prospect from his throne, how good, how fair,
Answering his great idea. Up he rode
Follow'd with acclamation and the sound
Symphonious of ten thousand harps that tun'd
Angelic harmonies : the earth, the air
Resounded, (thou remember'st, for thou heard'st)
The Heav'ns and all the constellations rung,
The planets in their station list’ning stood,
While the bright pomp ascended jubilant.
Open, ye everlasting gates, they sung,

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Open, ye Heav'ns, your living doors ; let in
The great Creator from his work return'd
Magnificent, his six days' work, a world;
Open, and henceforth oft ; for God will deign
To visit oft the dwellings of just men

570 Delighted, and with frequent intercourse Thither will send his winged messengers On errands of supernal grace. The glorious train ascending : He through Heaven, That open’d wide her blazing portals, led

575 To God's eternal house direct the way, A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold, And pavement stars, as stars to thee appear, Seen in the galaxy, that milky way, Which nightly as a circling zone thou seest Powder'd with stars. And w on earth the seventh Evening arose in Eden, for the sun Was set, and twilight from the east came on, Forerunning night; when at the holy mount Of Heav'n's high-seated top, th’imperial throne 585

So sung

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Of Godhead, fix'd for ever firm and sure,
The Filial Pow'r arriv'd, and sat him down
With his great Father, for he also went
Invisible, yet staid, (such privilege
Hath Omnipresence) and the work ordain'd, 590
Author and end of all things, and from work
Now resting, bless'd and hallow'd the sev’nth day,
As resting on that day from all his work,
But not in silence holy kept; the harp
Had work, and rested not, the solemn pipe, 595
And dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop,
All sounds on fret by string or golden wire
Temper'd soft tunings intermix'd with voice
Choral or unison : of incense clouds
Fuming from golden censers hid the mount. 600
Creation and the six days’acts they sung,
Great are thy works, Jehovah, infinite
Thy pow'r; what thought can measure thee, or tongue
Relate thee? Greater now in thy return
Than from the giant angels; thee that day

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Thy thunders magnify'd; but to create
Is greater than created to destroy.
Who can impair thee, mighty King, or bound
Thy empire ? Easily the proud attempt
Of Spi'rits apostate and their counsels vain 610
Thou hast repell’d, while impiously they thought
'Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw
The number of thy worshippers. Who seeks
To lessen thee, against his purpose serves
To manifest the more thy might : his evil

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