Raphael Conversing with Adam and Eve: Martin 1824-26

Raphael Conversing with Adam and Eve: Martin 1824-26

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  • Title: Raphael Conversing with Adam and Eve
  • Author: John Martin
  • Date: 1824-26
  • Medium: Mezzotint
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 27.31 x 19.05 [Image]
  • Product ID: 100280

From The Paradise Lost of John Milton (pub. 1846), Book 5, Line 519

God has foreseen Adam and Eve's temptation and fall; knowing that Satan draws near to them, He sends the Archangel Raphael to warn mankind of the dangers that approach.

"To whom the Angel. Son of Heav'n and Earth,
Attend: That thou art happie, owe to God;
That thou continu'st such, owe to thy self,
That is, to thy obedience; therein stand.
This was that caution giv'n thee; be advis'd.
God made thee perfet, not immutable;
And good he made thee, but to persevere
He left it in thy power, ordaind thy will
By nature free, not over-rul'd by Fate
Inextricable, or strict necessity;
Our voluntarie service he requires,
Not our necessitated, such with him
Finds no acceptance, nor can find, for how
Can hearts, not free, be tri'd whether they serve
Willing or no, who will but what they must
By Destinie, and can no other choose?
Myself and all th' Angelic Host that stand
In sight of God enthron'd, our happie state
Hold, as you yours, while our obedience holds;
On other surety none; freely we serve
Because we freely love, as in our will
To love or not; in this we stand or fall:
And Som are fall'n, to disobedience fall'n,
And so from Heav'n to deepest Hell; O fall
From what high state of bliss into what woe!" 
(Paradise Lost V.519-43)