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None was, but from the earth a dewy mist
Went up and water'd all the ground, and each Plant of the field, which, ere it was in th' earth, God made, and ev'ry herb, before it grew 336 On the green stem; God saw that it was good: So ev❜n and morn recorded the third day.
Again th' Almighty spake, Let there be lights High in th' expanse of Heav'n, to divide 340 The day from night; 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 Heav'n,
To give light on the earth: and it was so. 345 And God made two great lights, great for their
To Man; the greater to have rule by day,
A mighty sphere, he fram'd, unlightsome first, Though of ethereal mould: then form'd the moon Globose, and ev'ry magnitude of stars,
And sow'd with stars the Heav'n thick as a field : Of light by far the greater part he took, Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and plac'd In the sun's orb, made porous to receive
And drink the liquid light, firm to retain
Repairing, in their golden urns draw light, 365
First in his east the glorious lamp was seen, 370
His longitude through Heav'n's high road. The grey
Dawn and the Pleiades before him danc'd,
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 Heav'n. 390 And God created the great whales, and each Soul living, each that crept, which plenteously The waters generated by their kinds,
And ev'ry bird of wing after his kind;
And saw that it was good, and bless'd them, say
Be fruitful, multiply, and in the seas,
Of coral stray, or sporting with quick glance, 405
Their brood as num'rous hatch, from th' egg that soon
Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclos'd
Their aery caravan high over seas
Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing, 429 Easing their flight; so steers the prudent crane 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
Their downy breast. The swan with arched neck
The crested cock, whose clarion
The silent hours, and th' other whose gay train Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue 445 Of rainbows and starry' eyes. The waters thus With fish replenish'd, and the air with fowl, Ev'ning and morn solemniz'd the fifth day.
The sixth, and of creation last, arose With ev'ning harps and matin, when God said, 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
Op'ning her fertile womb, teem'd at a birth Innum'rous living creatures, perfect forms, 455 Limb'd and full grown. Out of the ground up
As from his lair the wild beast, where he wons
Past'ring at once, and in broad herds upsprung.
His hinder parts, then springs as broke from
465 And rampant shakes his brinded mane: theounce, The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw In hillocs: the swift stag from under ground 469 Bare up his branching head: scarce from his mould