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Eve Presenting the Forbidden Fruit to Adam: Martin 1824

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  • Title: Eve Presenting the Forbidden Fruit to Adam
  • Author: John Martin
  • Date: 1824
  • Medium: Mezzotint
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 11 x 7 1/2 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 27.94 x 19.05 [Image]
  • Product ID: 102208

From The Paradise Lost of John Milton (pub. 1846), Book 9, Line 995

After Eve tells Adam that she has eaten of the forbidden tree, he becomes angry, upset that she has chosen to disobey God. However, he soon decides that he does not wish to live without her, choosing to eat the fruit as well so as not to be separated from her.

"So saying, she embrac'd him, and for joy
Tenderly wept, much won that he his Love
Had so enobl'd, as of choice to incurr
Divine displeasure for her sake, or Death.
In recompence (for such compliance bad
Such recompence best merits) from the bough
She gave him of that fair enticing Fruit
With liberal hand: he scrupl'd not to eat
Against his better knowledge, not deceav'd,
But fondly overcome with Femal charm.
Earth trembl'd from her entrails, as again
In pangs, and Nature gave a second groan,
Skie lowr'd, and muttering Thunder, som sad drops
Wept at compleating of the mortal Sin
(Paradise Lost IX.990-1004)