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  • Title: Adam Reproving Eve
  • Author: John Martin
  • Date: 1827
  • Medium: Mezzotint
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 26.67 x 19.05 [Image]
  • Product ID: 4266

From The Paradise Lost of John Milton (pub. 1846), Book 10, line 863

After Adam and Eve partake of the forbidden fruit, Adam turns on Eve, blaming her for their situation. Berating her for having tempted him as the serpent tempted her, he expresses his disdain.

"Whom thus afflicted when sad Eve beheld,
Desolate where she sate, approaching nigh,
Soft words to his fierce passion she assay'd:
But her with stern regard he thus repell'd.
Out of my sight, thou Serpent, that name best
Befits thee with him leagu'd, thy self as false
And hateful; nothing wants, but that thy shape,
Like his, and colour Serpentine may shew
Thy inward fraud, to warn all Creatures from thee
Henceforth; least that too heav'nly form, pretended
To hellish falshood, snare them. But for thee
I had persisted happie, had not thy pride
And wandring vanitie, when lest was safe,
Rejected my forewarning, and disdain'd
Not to be trusted, longing to be seen
Though by the Devil himself, him overweening
To over-reach, but with the Serpent meeting
Fool'd and beguil'd, by him thou, I by thee..." (Paradise Lost X.863-80)