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In Circuit to the uttermoft Convex
Of this great Round: Partition firm and fure;
The Waters underneath from those above
Dividing: For as Earth, fo He the World'
Built on circumfluous Waters calm, in wide
Crystalline Ocean, and the loud mifrule
Of Chaos far remov'd, left fierce Extremes
Contiguous might Diftemper the whole Frame,
And Heav'n he nam'd the Firmament: fo Ev'n
And Morning Chorus fung the fecond Day.
Of the dry Land.
THE Earth was form'd, but in the Womb as yet
Of Waters, Embryon immature involv'd
Appear'd not: Over all the Face of Earth
Main Ocean flow'd, not idle, but with warm
Prolifick Humour foft'ning all her Globe
Fermented the great Mother to conceive
Satiate with Genial Moisture, when God faid
Be gather'd now ye Waters under Heav'n
Into one Place, and let dry Land appear,
Immediately the Mountains huge appear
Emergent, and their broad Bare Backs up heave.
Into the Clouds, their Tops afcend the Sky:
Of the Sea and Rivers.
SO high as heav'd the tumid Hills, fo low Down funk a hellow Bottom broad and deep,
Capicious Bed of Waters; thither they
Hafted with glad Precipitance, uproll'd
As Drops on Duft conglobing from the dry;
Part rife in Crystal Wall, or Ridge direct,
For hafte, fuch flight the great Command imprefs'¿
On the fwift Floods: As Armies at the call
Of Trumpet (for of Armies thou haft heard)
Troop to their Standard, fo the watry throng,
Wave cowling after Wave, where way they found,
If steep, with torrent Rapture, if through plain,
Soft-ebbing; nor withstood them Rock or Hill,
But they, or under Ground, or Circuit wide-
With Serpent Error wand'ring, found their way,
And on the washy Oofe deep Channels wore;
Eafy, e're God had bid the Ground be dry,
All but within thofe Banks, where Rivers now
Stream, and perpetual draw their humid Train.
The dry Land, Earth, and the great Receptacle
Of congregated Waters, he call'd Seas.
Of the Herbs and Trees.
ND faw that it was good, and faid, let th' Earth. Put forth the verdant Grafs, Herb yielding Seed, And Fruit-Tree yielding Fruit after her Kind; Whole Seed is in herself upon the Earth. He fcarce had faid, when the bare Earth, till then Defert and bare, unfightly, unadorn'd, Brought forth the tender Grafs, whofe Verdure clad Her univerfal Face with pleafant Green, Then Herbs of every Leaf, that fudden Hour'd Op'ning their various Colours, and made gay Her Bofom fmelling fweet: and thefe fcarce blown Forth flourish'd thick the cluftring Vine, forth creept
The Imelling Gourd, up ftood the Corny Reed
Embattell'd in her Field: and the humble Shrub,
And Bufh with frizl'd Hair implicit : laft
Rofe as in Dance the ftately Trees, and spread
Their Branches hung with Copious Fruit; or gem'd
Their Bloffoms: with high Woods the Hills were
With Tufts the Valleys, and each Fountain fide,
With Borders long the Rivers. That Earth now
Seem'd like to Heav'n,a Seat where Gods might dwell
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
None was, but from the Earth a dewy Mift
Went up and water'd all the Ground, and each
Plant of the Field, which e're it was in th' Earth
God made, and every Herb, before it grew
On the green Stem; God faw that it was Good.
So Ev'n and Morn recorded the third Day.
Of the Sun, Moon, and Stars:
A Gain th' Almighty fpake: let there be Lights
in of Heav'n to
The Day from Night, and let them be for Signs,
For Seafons, 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 fo.
And God made Two great Lights, great for their use
To Man, the greater to have Rule by Day,
The lefs by Night altern and made the Stars,
And fet them in the Firmament of Heav'n
T'illuminate the Earth, and Rule the Day
In their Viciffitude, and Rule the Night,
And Light from Darkness to divide. God faw,
Surveying his great Work, that it was Good:
For of Celeftial Bodies firft the Sun
A mighty Sphere he fram'd, unlightsome first,
Though of Ethereal Mold: then form'd the Moon
Globofe, and every magnitude of Stars
And fow'd with Stars the Heav'n thick as a Field:
Of Light by far the greater Part he took,
Tranfplanted from her cloudy Shrine, and plac'd
In the Sun's Orb, made porous to receive
And drink the liquid Light, firm to retain
Her gather'd Beams, great Palace now of Light.
Hither as to their Fountain other Stars
Repairing in their Golden Urns draw Light,
And hence the Morning Planet guilds her Horns;
By Tincture or Reflection they augment
Their fmall peculiar, though from humane Sight
So far remote, with Dimunition feen.
First in his Eaft the Glorious Lamp was feen,.
Regent of Day, and all th' Horizon round
Invested with bright Rays, jocund to run
His Longitude through Heav'ns high Road; the grey
Dawn, and the Pleiades before him danc'd
Shedding fweet Influence: less bright the Moon,
But oppofite in level'd Weft was fet
His mirrour, with full Face borrowing her Light
From him, for other Light fhe needed none
In that Afpeft, and ftill that Distance keeps
Till Night, then in the Eaft her Turn fhe Shines;
Revolv'd on Heav'ns great Axle; and her Reign
With Thoufand leffer Lights dividual holds,
With thousand thousand Stars that then appear'd
Spangling the Hemifphere; then firft adorn'd
With the bright Luminaries that fit, and rofe,
Glad Evening and glad Morn crown'd the fourth day.
AND God faid, let the Waters generate
Reptile with Spawn abundant, living Soul: And let Fowl fly above the Earth, with Wings Difplay'd on th open Firmament of Heav'n. 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 faw that it was Good, and blefs'd them, faying. Be fruitful, multiply, and in the Seas And Lakes, and running Streams the Waters fill; And let the Foul be multiply'd on th' Earth, Forthwith the Sounds and Seas, each Creek and Bay With Frie innumerable Swarm, and Shoals Of Fish that with their Finns and fhining Scales Glide under the Green Wave, in Sculls that oft Bank the mid Sea: part fingle or with Mate Graze the Sea-Weed their Pafture, and thro' Groves Of Coral ftray, or sporting with quick Glance Shew to the Sun their way'd Coats dropt with Gold, Or in their Pearly Shells at eafe, attend Moift Nutriment, or under Rocks their Food In joynted Armour watch: on fimooth the Seal And bended Dolphins play: part huge of bulk Wallowing unweildie, enormous in their Gate Tempeft the Ocean: there Leviathan Hugest of Living Creatures, on the Deep Stretch'd like a Promontory Sleeps or Swims,