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He trusted to have seiz'd, and into fraud
Drew many, whom their place knows here no more;
Yet far the greater part have kept, I see

Their station, Heav'n yet populous retains
Number sufficient to possess her realms
Though wide, and this high temple to frequent
With ministeries drie and folemn rites :
But left his heart exalt him in the harm

150 Already done, to have difpeopled Heav'n, My damage fondly deem'd, I can repair That detriment, if such it be to lose Self-loft, and in a moment will create Another world, out of one man a race

155 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 try'd, And Earth be chang'd to Heav'n, and Heav'n to Earth, One kingdom, joy and union without end. Mean while inhabit lax, ye Pow'rs of Heaven. And thou my Word, begotten Son, by thee This I perform, speak thou, and be it done: Mỹ overshadowing Spi'rit and might with thee 165 I send along; ride forth, and bid the deep Within appointed bounds be Heav'n and Earth, Boundless the deep, because I am who fill Infinitude, nor vacuous the fpace. Though I unéircumscrib'd myself retire,

170 And put not farth my goodness which is free To act or not, neceflity and chance


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Approach not me, and what I will is fate.

So fpake th' Almighty, and to what he spake His Word, the filial Godhead, gave effect. 175 Immediate are the acts of God, more swift Than time or motion, but to human ears Cannot without process of speech be told, So told as earthly notion can receive. Great triumph and rejoicing was in Heaven, When such was heard declar'd th’ 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 Had driven out th' ungodly from his fight And th’habitations of the just; to him Glory and praise, whose wisdom had ordain'd Good out of evil to create, instead Of Spi'rits malign a better race to bring Into their vacant room, and thence diffuse 19 His good to worlds and ages infinite.

So sang the Hierarchies : Mean 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 him shone. About his chariot numberless were pour'd Cherub and Seraph, Potentates and Thrones, And Virtues, winged Spirits, and chariots wingid From th' armoury of God, where stand of old 200 Myriads between two brazen mountains lodg’d Against a solemn day, harness'd at hand,




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Celestial equipage; and now came forth
Spontaneous, for within them Spirit liv'd,
'Attendant on their Lord: Heav'n open'd wide 205
Her ever during gates, harmonious found
On golden hinges moving, to let forth
The King of Glory in his pow'rful Word
And Spirit coming to create new worlds.
On heav'nly ground they stood, and from the shore 210
They view'd the vast immeasurable abyss
Outrageous as a fea, dark, wasteful, wild,
Up from the bottom turn'd by furious winds
And surging waves, as mountains, to assault
Heav’n’s highth, and with the center mix the pole.
Silence, ye


and thou deep, peace, Said then th' omnific Word,


discord end :
Nor stay'd, 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 stay'd the fervid wheels, and in his hand
He took the golden compasses, prepar'd

.225 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 obfcure, And said, Thus far extend, thus far thy bounds, 230 This be thy just circumference,, O world. Thus God the Heay'n created, thus the Earth,


Matter unform'd and void : Darkness profound
Cover'd th' abyss : but on the watry calm
His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspread, 235
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 240
Disparted, and between spun out the air,
And Earth self-balanc'd on her center hung.

Let there be light, faid God, and forthwith light
Ethereál, first of things, quintessence pure
Sprung from the deep, and from her native east

245 To journey through the aery gloom began, Spher'd in a radiant cloud, for


the sun Was not; fhé in a cloudy tabernacle Sojourn'ď the while. God saw the light was good; And light from darkness by the hemisphere

250 Divided: light the day, and darkness night He nam'd. Thus was the first day evin and morn : Nor paft uncelebrated, nor unsung By the celestial quires, when orient light Exhaling first from darkness they beheld; 255 Birth-day of Heav'n and Earth; with joy and shout The hollow universal orb they fill’d, 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 firit morn. 260

Again, God said, let there be firmament Amid the waters, and let it divide


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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
Chrystallin ocean, and the loud misrule
Of Chaos far remov’d, left fierce extremes
Contiguous might distemper the whole frame :
And Heav’n he nam'd the firmament: So even
And morning chorus sung the second day, 275

The earth was form’d, but in the womb as yet
Of waters, embryon immature involvid,
Appear’d not: over all the face of earth
Main ocean flow'd, not idle, but with warm
Prolific humor soft'ning 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

285 Emergent, and their broad bare backs upheave Into the clouds, their tops ascend the sky: So high as heav'd the tumid hills, fo low Down sunk a hollow bottom broad and deep, Capacious bed of waters : thither they

29€ Hafted with glad precipitance, uprollid As drops on duit conglobing from the dry;



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