Page images

Graze the sea.weed sheir pasture, and through

groves Of coral stray; or sporting with quick glance, Shew to the sun iheir wav'd coats dropt with gold Or, in their pearly shells at ease, attend Moist nutriment: or under rocks their food In jointed armour watch : on smooth the seal sind bended dolphins play: part huge of bulk, Wallowing unwieldly, enormous in their gait, Tempest the ocean : there leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, on the deep Stretch'd like a promontory, sleeps or swims, And seems a moving land ; and at his gills Draws in, and at lois trunk spouts out, a sea. Meanwhile the repid caves, ani fens, and shores, Their brood as numerous hatch, from the eg: thai


Bursting with kindly rupture fo:th disclusid Their callow young; but leather'ú:0.11 and Hedge They summ'd their pelis; and, svaring the ait

sublime, With clang despis'd the ground, under a cloud la prospect ; there the eigle, and the stork On cliffs and cedar-tops their eyries build ; Part loosely wing the region, part more wise In common, rani'd in figure, wedge their way, Intelligent of seasons, and set forth Their aëry valavan, high over seas Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing Easing their flight; so steers the prudent crane Her annual voyage, borne on winds; the air Floats as they pass, fann'd with unnumberid plumes :

(songs From branch to branch the smaller birds with Solac'd the woods, and spread their painted wings Till even ; nor then the solemn nightingale Ceas'd warbling, but all night tun'd ber soft laga Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bath'd

gay train

7heir dowos breast ; tbe swan with archai neek,
Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows
Her state with oary feet; yet oft they que
The dank, and, rising on stiff pennons, tower
The mid aëreul sky: others on ground
Walk'd firm; the crested cock whose clarion sounds
The silent hours, and the other whose
Adorns him, colour'd with the florid hue
Of rainbows and starry eyes.

The waters thus With fish replenish'd, and the air with fowl, Evening and morn solemniz'd the fifth day.

“ The sixth, and of creation last, arose With evening harps and matin ; when God said, • Let the earth bring forth soul living in her kind, Cattle, and creeping things, and beast of the 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, Limb'd and full growu: out of the ground up rose, As from his lair, the wild beast, where he wous In forest wild, in thicket, brake, or den ; Among the trets in pairs they rose, they walk'de The cattle in the fields and meadows green ; Those rare and solitary, there 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 free His kinder parts, then springs, as broke from bond And rampant shakes his brindel mane; the ounce, The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw In hillocks: the swift stag from under ground Bore up his branching head: scarce from his mould Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheav'd His vastness : fleec'd the flocks and bleating rose, As plants : ambiguous between sea and land l'he river-horse, and scaly crocodile. At once came forth whatever creeps the ground, Tnsest ot worra: thanke varied their timber 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 diinension drew,
Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; not all
Minims of nature ; some of serpent-kind,
Wondrous in length and corpulence, involu'd
Their snaky folds, and added wings.

First crept
The parsiinonious emmet, provident
Of future ; in small room large heart enclos'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 ceiis
Wich honey stor'd: the rest are numberless,
And thou their natures knowest, and gavest thera
Needless to thee repeated; nor unknown (namon,
The serpent, subtlest beast of all the field,
Of huge extent sometimes, with brazen eyes
And hairy mane terrific, though to thee
Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.

“ Now heaven, in all her glory shone, and rollid Her motions, as the great first Mover's hand 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'de There wanted yet the master work, the end Of all yet done ; a creature, who, not prone And brute as other creatures, but endued 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 heavers, 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
Of all his works : therefore the Omnipotent
Eternal Father (for where is not he
Present ?) thus to his Son audibly spake :

" " Ivet us make now man in our image, man
In our similitude, and let them rule
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
The breath of life ; in his own image he
Created thee, in the image of God
Express ; and thou becamest a living soul.
Male he created thee; but thy consort
Female, for race; then bless'd mankind, and said,
* Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth;
Subdue it, and throughout doininion hold
Over fish of the sea, and fowl of the air,
And every living thing that moves on the earth.'
Wherever thus created, for no place
Is yet distinct by name, thence, as thou knowest,
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
Gave thee : all sorts are here that all the earth
Variety without end ; but of the tree {yields,
Which, tasted, works knowledge of good and evii,
Thou may'st not; in the day thou eat'st, thou
Death is the penalty impos'd; beware, (diest,
And govern well thy appetite ; lest siri
Surprise, thee, and her black attendant death.

“ Here finish'd he, and all that he had inade Siew'd, and behold all was entirely good; : So even and morn accomplish'd the sixth days Yet not till the Creator, from his work Desisting, though unwearied, up returu'l, Up to the heaven of heavens, his high abode :

Thence to behold this new-created world,
The addition of his empire, how it shew'd
In prospect from his throne, how good, bow fais
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 beard'str)
The heavens and all the constellationis rung,
The planets in their station listening stood,
While the bright pomp ascended jubilant.

Open, ye everlasting gates I? they sung,
* Open, ye heavens • your living doors ; let in
The great Creator from his work return'd
Magnificent, bis six days' work, a world ;
Open, and henceforth oft ; for God will deiga
To visit oft the dwellings of just men,
Delighted ; and with frequent intercourse
Thither will send his winged messengers
On errands of supernal grace.' So sung:
The glorious train ascending: he through heanam,
That open'd wide her blazing portals, led
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 now on earth the
Evening arose in Eden, for the sun (seventh
Was set, and twilight from the east came on,
Forerunning night ; when at the holy mount
Of heaven's high-seated top, the imperial throna
Of Godhead fix'd for ever firm and sure,
The Filial Power 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,
Author and end of all things ; and, from work
Now renring, blows'd and hallow'd tho seventh da

« PreviousContinue »