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  • Title: Approach of the Archangel Michael
  • Author: John Martin
  • Date: 1824-26
  • Medium: Mezzotint
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 11 x 7 1/2 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 27.94 x 19.05 [Image]
  • Product ID: 4265

From The Paradise Lost of John Milton (pub. 1846), Book 11, Line 226

Following the temptation and fall of man, Adam and Eve witness the Archangel Michael descend to meet them in Paradise. He informs them that they must leave the Garden. However, Michael comforts the two by telling them that God has given them the whole of the earth to roam and still watches over them.

"Eve, now expect great tidings, which perhaps
Of us will soon determin, or impose
New Laws to be observ'd; for I descrie
From yonder blazing Cloud that veils the Hill
One of the heav'nly Host, and by his Gate
None of the meanest, some great Potentate
Or of the Thrones above, such Majestie
Invests him coming? yet not terrible,
That I should fear, nor sociably mild,
As Raphael, that I should much confide,
But solemn and sublime, whom not to offend,
With reverence I must meet, and thou retire.
He ended; and th' Arch-Angel soon drew nigh,
Not in his shape Celestial, but as Man
Clad to meet Man..." 
(Paradise Lost XI.226-40).