Summer/Fall 1997 • Vol. XIX No. 3/4 Kenyon Review ClassicsJuly 1, 1997 |

The Nine Days of Creation

from THE KENYON REVIEW, SUMMER 1956 The first day of Creation All things, love, alone were, Darkness the lonely creature; Clove us then Love with good light For two can be together, And partly we were bright, Each other so to look on. The second day of Creation But water was our body In one place that lay; Sundered us then Love And part raised firm, that we The hard sky too might have And be both up and down. The third day of Creation Framed Love from our same sea The good land to broach drily; Sometime was I seed, But, love, you first were a tree; In your fruit I was glad, You from my joy green. The fourth day of Creation, That sing might we, As the sun Love shaped me And you the moon there shining; Stars also and planets we Then together singing And the song one. The fifth day of Creation Love, to multiply, Formed us fish in sea, Beasts for the wood, Fowls to fly; We went as we would, And sense to joy in. The sixth day of Creation Love w

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W. S. Merwin was appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress in July 2010. He lives, writes, and gardens in Hawaii, on the island of Maui. He has spent the last thirty years planting nineteen acres with over eight hundred species of palm, creating a sustainable forest. The property has recently been turned into a conservancy, the Merwin Conservancy.

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