"He prayeth best who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God Who loveth us,
He made and loveth all."
The four-fold division of animal life above is curiously like and unlike that in Acts 10:17, where we read of "four-footed beasts of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and fowls of the air."
and of serpents and things in the sea; the fishes there:
is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind, or "by human nature": by the wit and industry of man; by the various ways, means, and methods devised by man. So Pliny (l) relates, that elephants lions and tigers among beasts, and the eagle among birds, and crocodiles, asps, and other serpents, and fishes of the sea, have been tamed: though some think this is only to be understood of their being mastered and subdued, by one means or another; or of their being despoiled of their power, or of their poison: and the Syriac and Ethiopic versions render it, "subjected to human nature".
(l) Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 9. 16, 17. & 10. 5, 44.