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White, T.H. (ed.) / The book of beasts
(1960)

I. Beasts,   pp. [5]-99 ff.


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  THE BOOK OF BEASTS
             I
        B EASTS
       The Earth obey'd and straight
Op'ning her fertile womb teem'd at a birth
Innumerous living creatures, perfr ci forms,
Limb'd and full-grown...
The grassy clods now calv'd; now half appear'd
The tawny lion, pawing to get free
His hinder parts, then springs as broke from bonds,
And rampant shakes his brindled mane; the ounce,
The libbard and the tiger, as the mole
Rising, the crumbl'd earth above them threw
In hillocks; the swift stag from underground
Bore up his branching head; scarce from his mould
Behemoth biggest born of earth upheav'd
His vastness; fieec't the flocks and bleating rose
As plants; ambiguous between sea and land
The river-horse and scaly crocodile.
               PARADISE LOST, V11, 453 5~1.


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