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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 Go D 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 fingle, 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 (g) and Seales play upon the calm Seas, while other larger Fish wallowing unwieldy, and prodigious in their Motion, make a Tempest as they swim; there the LEv1ATHAN, hugest of living Creatures, sleeps or swims on the Sea, stretch'd R 3 like
(f) Whales; Sax. O. E. The hugest Creatures in the Sea, as Elephants are on the dry Land: They are mentioned in particu. lar, Gen. 1. 21. “And God “created great Whales, and e“very living Creature that mo* veth, which the Waters “brought forth abundantly af* ter their Kind.”
(g) Dolphins, from Delphi ; Lat. from the Gr. because the People of Delphi first discovered this Fish; or Delphax, Gr. i. e. An Hog : Because it resembles one in its long Snout, Fatness, Ribs, Liver and Entrails. It is called the Sea-Hog, and the sa
cred Fish ; because it was consecrated to Neptune. A Dolphin is a large Fish, not unlike a Porpoise, very straight, and the swiftest of all Fishes or Birds ; as swift as an Arrow ; it will overtake a Ship in full Sail before the Wind; and continually in Motion. It doth live zo or 30 Years, and three or four Days out of Water, as an Eel doth. Dolphins are said to be Lovers of Men, It is a certain Sign of a Tempest, when they sport on the Water. Their Flesh was of great Request among the Antients. They have no Gall.
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 soaring the lofty Air, rise far above the Ground, making a great Noise with their Wings: There the Eagle and the Stork (h) build their Nests, on Cliffs and the Tops of Cedars; Part loosely flying, and Part more wise, led on by others, and rang'd in Order, and knowing the Seasons, set 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 numberless Wings. The smaller Birds, flying from Branch to Branch, sung in the Woods 'till Evening; nor even then did the solemn Nightingale cease 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. Others 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 Rainbow, 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.
(h) Stork; Sax. Gr. Heb. by the Prophet, for her observ
Chahdah, i. e. (indness or
common Heron, with a white
Head, Neck, Belly, Tail and
ing the fit Time of coming and
T H E fixth 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 *ś, 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 perfeótly 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, pasturing 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 Leópard 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 some 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 industriousand parsimonious Ant, being provident for the future, having a large Heart inclos'd in small Room: Next appear'd the Female
Now Heaven shin'd in full Glory, and roll’d in her Motions, as the first great Mover’s Hands had direćted 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, direéted 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 FATHER
(l) 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 stir from Species, but cannot gather Ho- the Brood till they come home ney, for Want of it. There fraughted with Honey, and so fore he sits and hatches theBrood, discharge him.