"The first was like a lion,1 and it had the wings of an eagle.2 I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it.
"And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, 'Get up and eat your fill of flesh!'3
"After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard.4 And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.
"After that, in my vision5 at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast--terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron6 teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled7 underfoot whatever was left.8 It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.9