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God created great Whales, (f) and every living Creature that moveth, which the Waters brought forth abundantly after their Kind, and every wing'd Fowl after his Kind: And God saw that it was good, and bless'd them, saying, be fruitful, multiply, and fill the Seas, Lakes, and running Streams! and let all Sorts of Fowls of the Air increase also. Forthwith the Seas, the Sounds, and every Creek and Bay swarm with innumerable Fry, and Shoals of Fish, that with their Fins and shining Scales swim under the Waves in Multitudes, large enough to make Banks in the Ocean: Part single, or with Mates, graze upon the Sea-weed, their Pasture; or sporting among Coral shew their beautiful Scales of various Colours, mix'd with Gold, to the Sun; or else lying at Ease in their pearly Shells, attend moist Nourishment; or under Rocks, cover'd with Shells like Armour, watch for their Food; the Dolphins (8) and Seales play upon the calm Seas, while other larger Fish wallowing unwiel-. dy, and prodigious in their Motion, make a Tempest as they swim; there the LEVIATHAN, hugeft of living Creatures, Neeps or swims on the Sea, stretch'd
(f) Wbales; Sax. 0. E. cred Fish ; because it was conseThe hugelt Creatures in the Sea, crated to Neptune. A Dolphin is a as Elephants are on the dry Land: large Filh, not unlike a Porpoise, They are mentioned in particu. very straight, and the swifiest of lar, Gen. 1. 21.
" And God all Fishes or Birds ; as swift as “ created great Whales, and e an Arrow ; it will overtake a “ very living Creature that mo Ship in full Sail before the Wind; “ veth, which the Waters and continually in Motion. It
brought forth abundantly af- doth live 20 or 30 Years, and “ ter their Kind."
three or four Days out of Wa. (8) Dolphins, from Delphi ; ter, as an Eel doch. Delphins Lat. from the Gr. becaule the are said to be Lovers of Men, People of Delphi first discovered It is a certain Sign of a Temthis Fih ; or Delphax, Gr. i. e. pelt, when they sport on the An Hog : Because. ic resembles Water. Their Flesh was of one in its long Snout, Fatness, great Request among the An. Ribs, Liver and Entrails. It is tients, They have no Gall. called the Sea-Hog, and the sa
. Book VII. like a Promontory, and seems a moving Land, drawing in and spouting out a Sea from his Gills. Mean while the warm Caves, and Fens, and Shores hatch their Brood as numerous, from all kinds of Eggs, that bursting disclose their callow Young; but being soon feather'd and foaring the lofty Air, rise far above the Ground, making a great Noise with their Wings: There the Eagle and the Stork (b) build their Nefts, on Cliffs and the Tops of Cedars; Part loosely Aying, and Part more wile, led on by others, and rang'd in Order, and knowing the Seasons, fet forth in large Flocks high over Seas and Lands, easing one another in their Flight; so the prudent Crane (i) steers yearly her Voyage) whilst the Air is fann'd with numberleis Wings. The smaller Birds, flying from Branch to Branch, sung in the Woods 'till Evening; nor even then did the folemn Nightingale ceafe warbling, but tun'd her soft Song all the Night. Others bath'd their downy Breasts upon pure and clear Lakes and Rivers; the Swan with her arched Neck mantling proudly between her white Wings, rows herself along in State, her Feet serving for Oars; yet they often quit the Water, and rising on the Wing, take their Flight through the Air.
(5) Stork; Sax. Gr. Heb. by the Prophet, for her observ. Chahdah, i. e. Kindness or ing the fit Time of coming and Natural Afeftion : Becaule that going from one Country to anoBird hath a great Love to its ther, Jer. 8. 7. “ Yea, the Young; and they to the old “ Stork in the Heaven knoweth
A Fowl bigger than a “her appointed Times, and the common Heron, with a while “ Turtle, and the Crane, and Head, Neck, Belly, Tail and " the Swallow observe the Time fore Part; but black in the “ of their coming." It is a Back, with broad Claws, like Bird with a very long Bill, Neck the Nails of a Man.
and Legs ; sometimes weighing (i) Crane ; Sax. 0. E. A so Pounds; and is a Water Fowl Name formed from its Sound. resorting in Fens. A Bird of Passage, celebrated
Others walk'd firm upon the Ground, such as the crested Cock, whose Throat proclaims the Hours of the Night; and the Peacock, whose gay Train adorns him, ting'd with all the Colours of the Rain, bow, and having his Tail fill'd with glittering Eyes like Stars. The Waters thus replenish'd with Fish, and the Air with Fowl, the Evening and the Morning were the fifth Day.
The sixth and last Day of the Creation arose with Evening and Morning Song; when God said, let the Earth bring forth the living Creature after his Kind, Cattle, and creeping Things, and Beasts of the Earth, each in their Kind! the Earth obey'd, and strait opening her fruitful Womb, at one Birth brought forth living Creatures without Number, Forms perfectly limb'd and full grown; out of the Ground arose wild Beasts, as from a Den, in Forest, Thicket, or Brake, where they had been us'd to shelter; they rose in Pairs among the Trees, and the Cattle walk'd in the Fields and green Meadows: The wild Beasts few in Number, and solitary; but the tame Cattle sprung up at once, pafturing in Flocks and great Herds. The grassy Clods brought forth, and now the tawny Lion appear'd half through the Earth, pawing to get his hinder Parts free; then springs as if broke loose from Bonds, and rearing up on his hind Legs shakes his flowing Mane: The Leopard aud the Tyger rising like the Mole, threw the crumbled Earth above them like Hillocks: The swift Stag bore up his branching Head from under Ground, and the Behemoth, or Elephant, (the greatest Creature of the Earth, as the Leviathan or Whale is of the Sea) with Difficulty heav’d up his vast Bulk from the Mold: The Flocks rose bleating, and with their Fleeces full grown, and compleat in all their Parts, just like Plants: Amphibious Creatures, such
as the Crocodile, (k) and all those of whom it is uncertain, whether they owe most of their Original to the Sea or Land. At once came forth Infect and Worm, whatever creeps the Ground; some of which have Wings, and though their Parts are so very small, they are as compleatly form’d and as exactly put together as those of larger Animals, deck'd in their Summer's Pride, being spotted with Gold, Purple, and all Manner of Colours; while the Worms drew their long Dimension like a Line, streaking the Ground as they past along: Not all little or inconsiderable Creatures; but fome of the Serpent Kind, of wonderful Length and Bigness, that besides their Power to creep and rowl along the Ground, had Wings to fly with. First crept the industrious and parsimonious Ant, being provident for the future, having a large Heart inclos'd in small Room: Next appear'd the Female
(k) Crocodile ; Lat. Gr. i. e. The Tail is near as long as the Yellow ; because it is of a yel- whole Body. It lays its Eggs low Colour: or because it hateth in the Sand or Earth, and brings the Smell and Taste of Saffron, forth its Young every Year. Its which is yellow. A huge, vo Eggs are as big as a Goose's, racious and very strong, but ti and it lays one every Day for morous Beast, in the Nile, Gan- fixty Days. It is thought that ges, &c. living equally upon they livé 100 Years, and are Land and Water ; as ourGeese, generally thirty Foot long. In Ducks, Otters, &c. Its Jaws Panama some of them are 100 are wide enough to swallow a Foot long. An Alligator, is only Man whole, full of Teeth. It
a young Crocodile,
The Old is the only Beast that hath no Egyptians worshipped this Beast, Tongue, fixty Bones or Joints out of Fear; or for the Benefit, in the Back. The upper Skin which it did to them: For it de. is firm, hard and impenetrable fended their Country from the with any Dart, Spear or Shot, Incursions of the wild Arabs, no not with a loaded Cart; and who durft not pass the Red Sea therefore Scaly is a proper Epi- for fear of those voracious Beasts. thet ; but it may be wounded in They made it also a Symbol of the Belly. It swims with the Impudence in their Hieroglyphics. Feet and Fins, which are upon They are scarce now in the Nile, the Tail; but is very Now in its and the People of Florida hare Pace : Because the Feet are short. continual Wars with them.
Bee swarming, that feeds the Drone, (l) and builds her Cells of Wax stor'd with Honey. The rest are without Number, and thou knoweft their Nature, for thou gavest them Names; which makes it needless to repeat them to thee.
Nor are Serpents (some of which are very large, having bright shining Eyes and terrible Crests) unknown to thee; being (notwithstanding their Appearance, and that they are the subtleft
Beasts of all the Field) unhurtful, and obedient to thy Call.
Now Heaven shin'd in full Glory, and rolld in her Motions, as the first great Mover's Hands had directed their Course. Earth in her rich Attire was finish'd, and look'd lovely; the Air was flown by all Kinds of Fowl; the Water swum by all Kinds of Fish; the Earth walk'd by all kinds of Beasts; and all was full, excepting what remain'd to be created this Day: The Master-piece was yet wanting, the very
End for which all the rest was done; a Creature, who was not to look downward to the Earth like the other Creatures, but being indu'd with Reason shining in the human Soul, might know himself; erect his Stature, and with a serene and upright Face govern the rest, and thence conscious of his own Dignity exalt his Mind, and have his Conversation in Heaven but yet be grateful to acknowledge from whence his Good descends, and thither, with Heart, Voice and Eyes, directed in Devotion, to adore and worship the supreme God of all, who made him the chief of all his Works: Therefore the Almighty and Eternal F A
(1) Drone ; Sax. E. O. A keeps the Eggs warm, while the Wasp or old Male Bee, without Female Bees gather the Honey a Sting, who propagates the abroad ; and does not ftir from Species, but cannot gather Ho. the Brood till they come home ney, for Want of it. There fraughted with Honey, and so tore he fits and hatches cheBrood, discharge him.