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Leader! the terms wesent were terms of weight, of hard contents, and full of force urg’d home; uch as we might perceive amus'd them all, ind stumbled many: who receives them right, lad need from head to foot well understand; lot understood, this gift they have besides, 'hey show us when our foes walk not upright.” “So they among themselves in pleasant vein tood scoffing, heighten’d in their thoughts bell doubt of victory: Eternal Might [yond 'o match with their inventions they presum’d o easy, and of his thunder made a scorn, nd all his host derided, while they stood while in trouble: but they stood not long; age prompted them at length, and found them artins gainst such hellish mischief fit to oppose. orthwith (behold the excellence, the power, Which God hath in his mighty angels plac'd :) heir arms away they threw, and to the hills For Earth hath this variety from Heaven of pleasure situate in hill and dale,) ight as the lightning glimpse they ran, they flew; rom their foundations loosening to and fro, hey pluck'd the seated hills, with all their load, ocks, waters, woods, and by the shaggy tops p-lifting bore them in their hands: amaze, e sure, and terrour, seiz'd the rebel host, When coming towards them so dread they saw he bottom of the mountains upward turn'd; ill on thosecursed engines' triple row hey saw them whelm’d, and all their confidence inder the weight of mountains buried deep; hemselves invaded next, and on their heads Iain promontories flung, which in the air ame shadowing, and oppress'd whole legions arm'd ; [bruis'd heir armour help'd their harm, crush'd in and nto their substance pent, which wrought them mplacable, and many a dolorous groan;[pain ong struggling underneath, ere they could wind ut of such prison, though spirits of purestlight, urestat first, now gross by sinning grown. he rest, in imitation, to like arms etook them, and the neighbouring hills uptore: » hills amid the air encounter'd hills, url’d to and fro with jaculation dire; hat underground they fought in dismal shade; fernal noise! war seem’d a civil game o this uproar; horrid confusion heap'd pon confusion rose: and now all Heaven ad gone to wrack, with ruin overspread; ad not the Almighty Father, where he sits mrin'd in his sanctuary of Heaven secure, onsulting on the sum of things, foreseen his tumult, and permitted all, advis'd : hat his great purpose he might so fulfil, * honour his anointed Son aveng'd pon his enemies, and to declare |l power on him transferr'd: whence to his So

n, he assessor of his throne, he thus began. “Effulgence of my glory, Son belov'd, n, in whose face invisible is beheld sibly, what by Deity I am ; ad in whose hand what by decree I do, cond Omnipotence 1 two days are past, to days, as we compute the days of Heaven,

Since Michael and his powers went forth to tame These disobedient: sore hath been their fight, As likeliest was, when two such foes met arm'd; For to themselves I left them; and thoa know'st, Equal in their creation they were form’d, Save what sin hath impair'd ; which yet hath Insensibly, for I suspend their doom; wrought Whence in perpetual fight they needs must last Endless, and no solution will be found: Warwearied hath perform'd what war can do, And to disorder'd rage let loose the reins, With mountains, as with weapons, arm'd ; which makes [main. Wild, work in Heaven, and dangerous to the Two days are therefore past, the third is thine; For thee I have ordain’d it; and thus far Have suffer'd, that the glory may be thine Ofending this great war, since none but thou Can end it. Into thee such virtue and grace Immense I have transfus'd, that all may know In Heaven and Hell thy power above compare; And, this perverse commotion govern'd thus, To manifest thee worthiest to be Heir Of all things; to be Heir, and to be King By sacred unction, thy deserved right. Go then, thou Mightiest, in thy Father's might; Ascend my chariot, guide the rapid wheels That shake Heaven's basis, bring forth all my My bow and thunder, my almighty arms [war, Girdon, and sword upon thy puissant thigh; Pursue these sons of darkness, drive them out From all Heaven's bounds into the utter deep: There let them learn, as likes them, to despise God, and Messiah, his anointed king.” “He said, and on his son with rays direct Shone full i he all his Father full express'd Ineffably into his face receiv'd; And thus the filial godhead answering spake. “O Father, O Supreme of heavenly thrones, First, Highest, Holiest, Best; thou always To glorify thy Son; I always thee; [seek'st As is most just: this I my glory account, My exaltation, and my whole delight, That thou,...in me well pleas'd, declar'st thy ill

wil Fulfill'd, which to fulfil is all my bliss. Sceptre and power, thy giving, I assume, And gladlier shall resign, when in the end Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee For ever; and in me all whom thou lov'st: But whom thou hat'st, I hate, and can put on Thy terrours, as I put thy mildness on, Image of thee in all things; and shall soon, Arm'd with thy might, rid Heaven of these rebell'd; To their prepar'd ill mansion driven down, To chains of darkness, and the undying worm; That from thy just obedience could revolt, Whom to obey is happiness entire. , Then shall thy saints unmix'd, and from the impure Far separate, circling thy holy mount, Unfeigned halleluiahs to thee sing, Hymns of high praise, and I among them chief.” “So said, he, o'er his sceptre bowing, rose From the right hand of Glory where he sat;

And the third sacred morn began to shine,
Dawning through Heaven. Forth rush'd with
whirlwind sound
The chariot of Paternal Deity, [drawn,
Flashing thick flames, wheel within wheel un-
Itself instinct with spirit, but convoy'd
By four cherubic shapes; four faces each
Had wonderous; as with stars, their bodies all
And wings were set with eyes; with eyes the
wheels
Of beril, and careering fires between;
Over their heads a crystal firmament,
Whereon a sapphire throne, inlaid with pure
Amber, and colours of the showery arch.
He, in celestial panoply all arm'd
Of radiant Urim, work divinely wrought,
Ascended; at his right hand Victory
Sateagle-wing'd; beside him hung his bow
And quiver with three bolted thunderstor'd;
And from about him fierce effusion roll’d
Of smoke, and bickering flame, and sparkles
dire:
Attended with ten thousand thousand saints,
He onward came ; far off his coming shone;
And twenty thousand (I their number heard)
Chariots of God, half on each hand, were seen:
He on the wings of cherub rode sublime
On the crystalline sky, in sapphire thron'd,
Illustrious far and wide; but by his own
First seen: them unexpected joy surpris'd,
When the greatensign of Messiah blaz'd
Aloft by angels borne, his sign in Heaven;
Under whose conduct Michael soon reduc’d
Hisarmy, circumfus'd on either wing,
Under their head imbodied all in one.
Before him Power Divine his way prepar'd;
At his command the uprooted hills retir’d
Each to his place; they heard his voice, and
went
Obsequious; Heaven his wonted face renew'd,
And with fresh flowerets hill and valley smil’d.
This saw his hapless foes, but stood obdur'd,
And to rebellious fight rallied their powers,
Insensate, hope conceiving from despair.
In heavenly spirits could such perverseness
** dwell?
But to convince the proud what signs avail,
Or wonders move the obdurate to relent?
They, harden'd more by what might most re-
claim,
Grieving to see his glory, at the sight
Took envy; and, aspiring to his height,
Stood re-embattled fierce, by force or fraud
Weening to prosper, and at length prevail
Against God and Messiah, or to fall
In universal ruin last; and now
To final battle drew, disdaining flight,
Or faint retreat ; when the great Son of God
To all his host on either hand thus spake.
“‘Stand still in bright array, ye saints; here
stand,
Yeangels arm'd ; this day from battle rest:
Faithful hath been your warfare, and of God
Accepted, fearless in his righteous cause;
And asye have receiv'd, so have ye done,
Invincibly: but of this cursed crew
The punishment to other hand belongs;
Vengeance is his, or whose he sole appoints:
Number to this day's work is not ordain'd,

Nor multitude; stand only, and behold
God's indignation on these godless pour’d
By me; not you, but me, they have despisod,
Yet envied; against me is all their rage,
Because the Father, to whom in Heaven su-
preme
Kingdom, and power, and glory, appertains,
Hath honour'd me, according to his will,
Therefore to me their doom he hath assign'd;
That they may have their wish to try with me
In battle which the stronger proves; they all,
Or I alone against them; since by strength
They measure all, of other excellence
Not emulous, nor care who them excels;
Nor other strife with them do I wouchsafe.”
“So spake the Son, and into terrour chang'd
His countenance toosevere to be beheld,
And full of wrath bent on his enemies.
At once the Four spread out their starry wings
With dreadful shade contiguous, and the orbs
Of his fierce chariot roll'd, as with the sound
Of torrent floods, or of a numerous host.
He on his impious foes right onward drove,
Gloomy as night, under his burning wheels
The stedfast empyréan shook throughout,
All but the throne itself of God. Full soon
Among them he arriv'd; in his right hand
Grasping ten thousand thunders, which he sent
Before him, such as in their souls infix’d
Plagues: they, astonish'd, all resistance lost,
All courage; down their idle weapons dropt:
O'er shields, and helms, and helmed heads be
- rode
Of thrones and mighty seraphim prostråte,
That wish'd the mountains now might be again
Thrown on them, as a shelter from his ire.
Nor less on either side tempestuous fell
His arrows, from the fourfold-visag'd Four
Distinct with eyes, and from the living wheels
Distinct alike with multitude of eyes;
One spirit in them rul’d ; and every eye
Glar'd lightning, and shot forth permicious fire
Among the accurs'd, that wither'd all their
strength,
And of their wonted vigour left them drain'd,
Exhausted, spiritless, afflicted, fall'n.
Yet half his strength he put not furth, but
His thunder in mid volley; for he meant[checko
Not to destroy, but root them out of Heaven:
The overthrown he rais'd, and as a herd
Of goats or timorous flock together throng'd
Drove them before him thunder-struck, pursued
With terrours, and with furies, to the bounds
And crystal wall of Heaven; which, opening
wide,
Roll'd inward, and a spacious gap disclos'd
Into the wasteful deep: the monstrons sight
Struck them with horrour backward, but far worse
Urg'd them behind: headlong themselves they
threw
Down from the verge of Heaven; eternal wrath
Burnt after them to the bottomless pit.
“Hell heard the unsufferable noise, Heilso
Heaven ruining from Heaven, and would havefied
Affrighted; but strict Fate had cast too deep
Her dark foundations, and too fast had bound.
Nine days they fell: confounded Chaos roaro,
And felt tenfold confusion in their fall
Through his wild anarchy, so huge a rout

Encumber'd him with ruin: Hell at last
Yawning receiv'd them whole, and on them
Hell, their fit habitation, fraught with fire[clos'd;
Unquenchable, the house of woe and pain.
Disburden'd Heaven rejoic'd, and soon repair’d
Her mural breach, returning whence it roll’d.
Sole victor, from the expulsion of his foes,
Messiah his triumphal chariot turn'd :
To meet him all his saints, who silent stood
Eye-witnesses of his almighty acts,
With jubilee advanc'd ; and, as they went,
Shaded with branching palm, each order bright,
Sung triumph, and him sung victorious King,
Son, Heir, and Lord, to him dominion given,
Worthiest to reign: He, celebrated, rode [courts
Triumphant through mid Heaven, into the
And temple of his mighty Father thron’d
On high; who into glory him receiv'd,
Where now he sits at the right hand of bliss.
“Thus measuring things in Heaven by things
on Earth,
At thy request, and that thou may’st beware
By what is past, to thee I have reveal’d
What might have else to human race been hid;
The discord which befel, and war in Heaven
Among the angelic powers, and the deep fall
Of those too high aspiring, who rebell'd
With Satan; he who envies now thy state,
Who now is plotting how he may seduce
Thee also from obedience, that, with him
Bereav'd of happiness, thou may'st partake
His punishment, eternal misery;
Which would be all his solace and revenge,
As a despite done against the Most High,
Thee once to gain companion of his woe.
But listen not to his temptations, warn
Thy weaker; let it profit thee to have heard,
By terrible example, the reward ' '
Of disobedience; firm they might have stood,
Yet fell; remember, and fear to transgress.”

PARADISE LOST. BOOK WII.

The ARGUMENT.

Raphael, at the request of Adam, relates how and wherefore this world was first created ; that God, after the expelling of Satan and his angels out of Heaven, declared his pleasure to create another world, and other creatures to dwell therein; sends his Son with glory, and attendance of angels, to perform the work of creation in six days: the angels celebrate with hymns the performance thereof, and his reascension into Heaven.

Descend from Heaven, Urania, by that name
If rightly thou art call'd, whose voice divine
Following, above the Olympian hill Isoar,
Above the flight of Pegaséan wing.
The meaning, not the name, I call: for thou
Nor of the Muses nine, nor on the top
ofold Olympus dwell'st; but, heavenly-born,
Before the hills appear'd, or fountain flow'd,
Thou with eternal Wisdom didst converse,

Wisdom thy sister, and with her didst play
In presence of the Almighty Father, pleas'd
With thy celestial song. Up led by thee,
Into the Heaven of Heavens I have presum’d,
An earthly guest, and drawn empyreal air,
Thy tempering : with like safety guided down
Return me to my native element:
Lest from this flying steed unrein'd, (as once
Bellerophon, though from a lower clime,)
Dismounted, on the Aleian field I fall,
Erroneous there to wander, and forlorn.
Half yet remains unsung, but narrower bound
Within the visible diurnal sphere;
Standing on earth, not rapt above the pole,
More safe I sing with mortal voice, unchang'd
To hoarse or mute, though fall'm on evil days,
On evil days though fall'n, and evil tongues;
In darkness, and with dangers compass'd round,
And solitude; yet not alone, while thou
Wisit'st my slumbers mightly, or when morn
Purples the east: still govern thou my song,
Urania, and fit audience find, though few.
But drive far off the barbarous dissonance
Of Bacchus and his revellers, the race
Of that wild rout that tore the Thracianbard
In Rhodope, where woods and rocks had ears
To rapture, till the savage clamour drown'd
Both harp and voice; nor could the Muse defend
Her son. So fail not thou, who thee implores:
For thou art heavenly, she an empty dream.
Say, goddess, what ensued when Raphaël,
The affable arch-angel, had forewarn'd
Adam, by dire example, to beware
Apostacy, by what befel in Heaven
To those apostates; lest the like befall
In Paradise to Adam or his race,
Charg’d not to touch the interdicted tree,
If they transgress, and slight that sole command,
So easily obey'd amid the choice
Of all tastes else to please their appetite,
Though wandering. He, with his consorted Eve,
The story heard attentive, and was fill'd
With admiration and deep muse, to hear
Of things so high and strange; things, to their
thought
So unimaginable, as hate in Heaven,
And war so near the peace of God in bliss,
With such confusion: but the evil, soon
Driven back, redounded as a flood on those
From whom it sprung; impossible to mix
With blessedness. . Whence Adam soon repeal’d
The doubts that in his heart arose: and now
Led on, yet sinless, with desire to know
What nearer might concern him, how this world
Of Heaven and Earth conspicuous first began;
When, and whereof created; for what cause ;
What within Eden, or without, was done
Before his memory: as one whose drought
Yet scarce allay’d still eyes the current stream,
Whose liquid murmur heard new thirst excites,
Proceeded thus to ask his heavenly guest.
“Great things, and full of wonder in our ears,
Far differing from this world, thou hast reveal’d,
Divine interpreter' by favour sent
Down from the empyrëan, to forewarn
Us timely of what might else have been our loss,
Unknown, which human knowledge could not

For which to the infinitely Good we owe Immortal thanks, and his admonishment

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Receive with solemn purpose to observe Immutably his sovran will, the end Of what we are. But since thou hast vouchsaf’d Gently, for our instruction, to impart [cern'd Things above earthly thought, which yet conOur knowing, as to highest Wisdom seem’d, Deign to descend now lower, and relate What may no less perhaps avail us known, How first began this Heaven which we behold Distant so high, with moving fires adorn'd Innumerable; and this which yields or fills All space, the ambient air wide interfus'd Embracing round this florid Earth? what cause Mov'd the Creatorin his holy rest Through all eternity so late to build In Chraos; and the work begun, how soon Absolv'd; if unforbid thou may'st unfold What we, not to explore the secrets ask Of his etermal empire, but the more To magnify his works, the more we know. And the great light of day yet wants to run Much of his race though steep; suspense in Heaven, Held by thy voice, thy potent voice, he hears, And longer will delay to hear thee tell His generation, and the rising birth Of Nature from the unapparent deep: Or if the star of evening and the Moon Haste to thy audience, Night with her will bring Silence; and Sleep, listening to thee, will watch; Or we can bid his absence, till thy song End, and dismiss thee ere the morning shine.” Thus Adam his illustrious guest besought: And thus the godlike angel answer'd mild. “This also thy request, with caution ask'd, Obtain; though to recount almighty works What words or tongue of seraph can suffice, Or heart of man suffice to comprehend? Yet what thou canst attain, which best may serve To glorify the Maker, and infer Thee also happier, shall not be withheld Thy hearing; such commission from above I have receiv'd, to answer thy desire Of knowledge within bounds; beyond, abstain To ask; nor let thine own inventions hope Things not reveal’d, which the invisible King, Only Omniscient, hath suppress'd in might; To none communicable in Earth or Heaven: Enough is left besides to search and know. 18ut knowledge is as food, and needs no less Her temperance over appetite, to know In measure what the mind may well contain; Oppresses else with surfeit, and soon turns Wisdom to folly, as nourishment to wind. “Know then, that, after Lucifer from Heaven (So call him, brighter once amidst the host Of angels, than that star the stars among.) Fell with his flaming legions through the deep Into his place, and the great Son return'd Victorious with his saints, the Omnipotent Etermal Father from his throne beheld Their multitude, and to his Son thus spake. * “At least our envious foe hath fail'd, who All like himself rebellious, by whose aid [thought This inaccessible high strength, the seat Of Deity supreme, us dispossess'd, H. trusted to have seiz'd, and into fraud I}rew many, whom their place knows here no Yet far the greater part have kept, I see, [more:

Their station; Heaven, yet populous, retains Number sufficient to possess her realms Though wide, and this high temple to frequent With ministeries due, and solemn rites: But, lest his heart exalt him in the harm Already done, to have dispeopled Heaven, My damage fondly deem’d, I can repair That detriment, if such it be to lose Self-lost; and in a moment will create Another world, out of one man a race Of men innumerable, there to dwell, Not here; till, by degrees of merit rais'd, They open to themselves at length the way Up hither, under long obedience tried; [Earth, And Earth be chang'd to Heaven, and Heaven to One kingdem, joy and union without end. Meanwhile inhabit lax, ye powers of Heaven; And thou my Word, begotten Son, by thee This I perform; speak thou, and be it done! My overshadowing spirit and might with thee I send along ; ride forth, and bid the deep Within appointed bounds be Heaven and Earth; Boundless the deep, because I am who fill Infinitude, nor vacuous the space, Though I, uncircumscrib'd myself, retire, And put not forth my goodness, which is free To act or not, necessity and chance Approach not me, and what I will is fate.” “So spake the Almighty, and to what he spake His Word, the filial Godhead, gave effect. Immediate are the acts of God, more swift Than time or motion, but to human ears Cannot without procèss of speech be told, So told as earthly motion can receive. Great triumph and rejoicing was in Heaven, When such was heard declared the Almighty's will; Glory they sung to the Most High, good will To future men, and in their dwellings peace: Glory to him, whose just avenging ire T. Had driven out the ungodly from his sight And the habitations of the just; to him Glory and praise, whose wisdom had ordain'd Good out of evil to create; instead Of spirits malign, a better race to bring Into their vacant room, and thence diffuse His good to worlds and ages infinite. “So sang the hierarchies: wean while the Son) On his great expedition now appear'd, Girt with omnipotence, with radiance crown'd Of majesty divine; sapience and love Immense, and all his Father in himsbone. About his chariot numberless were pour'd Cherub, and seraph, potentates, and thrones, And virtues, winged spirits, and chariots wing'd From the armoury of God; where stand of old Myriads, between two brazen mountains lodgä Against a solemn day, harness'd at hand, Celestial equipage; and now came forth Spontaneous, for within them spirit liv'd, Attendant on their Lord: Heaven open'd wide Her ever-during gates, harmonious sound On golden hinges moving, to let forth The King of Glory, in his powerful Word And Spirit, coming to create new worlds. On heavenly ground they stood; and from the They view'd the vast immeasureable abyss [shore Outrageous as a sea, dark, wasteful, wild, Up from the bottom tum'd by furious winds

And surging waves, as mountains, to assault
Heaven's height, and with the centre mix the
ole. [peace,’
* “Silence, ye troubled waves, and thou deep,
Said then the omnific Word; “your discord end!'
Nor staid; but, on the wings of cherubim
Uplifted, in paternal glory rode
Far into Chaos, and the world unborn;
For Chaos heard his voice : him all his train
Follow'd in bright procession, to behold
Creation, and the wonders of his might.
Then staid the fervid wheels, and in his hand
He took the golden compasses, prepar'd
In God's eternal store, to circumscribe
This universe, and all created things:
One foot he center'd, and the other turn'd
Round through the vast profundity obscure;
And said, “Thus far extend, thus farthy bounds,
This be thy just circumference, O World !’
Thus God the Heaven created, thus the Earth,
Matter unform'd and void : darkness profound
Cover'd the abyss: but on the watery calm
His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspread,
And vital virtue infus'd, and vital warmth
Throughout the fluid mass; but downward
purg'd
The black tartareous cold infernal dregs,
Adverse to life: then founded, then conglob'd
Like things to like; the rest to several place
Disparted, and between spun out the air;
And Earth, self-balanc'd, on her centre hung.
“‘Letthere belight,” said God; and forthwith
Light
Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure
Sprung from the deep; and from her uative east
Tojourney through the aery gloom began,
Spher'd in a radiant cloud, for yet the Sun
Was not; she in a cloudy tabernacle
Sojourn'd the while. God saw the light was good;
And light from darkness by the hemisphere
Divided: light the Day, and darkness Night,
Henam'd. Thus was the first day even and morn:
Nor pastuncelebrated, nor unsung
By the celestial quires, when orient light
Exhaling first from darkness they beheld;
Birth-day of Heaven and Earth; with joy and
The hollow universal orb they fill’d, [shout
And touch'd their golden harps, and hymning
prais'd
God and his works; Creator him they sung,
Both when first evening was, and when first
north.
“Again, God said, ‘Let there be firmament
Amid the waters, and let it divide
The waters from the waters;' and God made
The firmament, expanse of liquid, pure,
Transparent, elemental air, diffus'd
In circuit to the uttermost convex
of this great round; partition firm and sure,
The waters underneath from those above
Dividing: for as Earth, so he the world
Built on circumfluous waters calm, in wide
Crystalline ocean, and the loud misrule
Of Chaos far remov’d; lest fierce extremes
Contiguous might distemper the whole frame:
And Heaven he nam'd the Firmament: so even
And morning chorus sung the second day. [yet
“The Earth was form'd, but in the womb as
of waters, embryon immature involv’d,

Appear'd not : over all the face of Earth
Main ocean flow'd, not idle; but, with warm
Prolific humour softening all her globe,
Fermented the great mother to conceive,
Satiate with genial moisture; when God said,
“Be gather'd now ye waters under Heaven
Into one place, and let dry land appear.'
Immediately the mountains huge appear
Emergent, and their broad barebacks upheave
Into the clouds; their tops ascend the sky:
So high as heav'd the tumid hills, so low *
Down sunk a hollow bottom bread and deep,
Capacious bed of waters: thither they
Hasted with glad precipitance, uproll'd,
As drops on dust conglobing from the dry:
Part rise in crystal wall, or ridge direct,
For haste; such slight the great command im-
press'd
On the swift floods: as armies at the call
Of trumpets (for of armies thou hastheard)
Troop to their standard; so the watery throng,
Wave rolling 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 serpenterrour wandering, found their way,
And on the washyoose deep channels wore;
Easy, ere God had bid the ground be dry,
All but within those 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:
And saw that it was good; and said, ‘Let the
Earth
Put forth the verdant grass, herb yielding seed,
And fruit-tree yielding fruit after her kind,
Whose seed is in herself upon the Earth.”
He scarce had said, when the bare Earth, till then
Desert and bare, unsightly, unadorn'd, [clad
Brought forth the tender grass, whose verdure
Her universal face with pleasant y
Then herbs of every leaf, that sudden flower'd
Opening their various colours, and made gay
Her bosom, smelling sweet: and, these scarce
blown, ' [crept
Forth flourish'd thick the clustering vine, forth
The swelling gourd, up stood the corny reed
Embattled in her field, and the humble shrub,
And bush with frizzled hair implicit: last
Rose, as in dance, the stately trees, and spread
Their branches hung with copious fruit, or
gemm'd [crown'd,

| Their blossoms; with high woods the hills were

With tufts the valleys, and each fountain side;
With borders long the rivers: that Earth now
Seem'd like to Heaven, 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 totill the ground
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 the Earth,
God made, and every herb, before it grew
On the green stem : God saw that it was good:
So even and morn recorded the third day.

Again the Almighty spake, “‘Let there be High in the expanse of Heaven, to divide [sights

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