And in herself complete so well to know

Bold deed thou hast ,
And peril great , who thus hath
Had it been coveting to Eye
That sacred Fruit, sacred to abstinence,
Much more to taste it under to touch.
But past who can recall, or ?
Not God Omnipotent, nor Fate, yet so
thou shalt not Die, perhaps the Fact
Is not so now, foretasted Fruit,
first by the Serpent, by him first
Made common and ere our taste;
Nor yet on him found deadly, he yet lives,
Lives, as thou , and to live as Man
Higher degree of Life, inducement strong
To us, as likely tasting to
Proportional ascent, which cannot be
But to be Gods, or Angels Demi-gods.
Nor can I think that God, Creator wise,
Though , will in earnest so destroy
Us his prime Creatures, so high,
Set over all his Works, which in our Fall,
For us created, needs with us must ,
Dependent made; so God shall uncreate,
Be frustrate, do, undo, and ,
Not well of God, who though his Power
Creation could , yet would be loath
Us to abolish, the
Triumph and say; Fickle their State whom God
Most Favors, who can please him long; first
He , now Mankind; whom will he next?
Matter of , not to be given the Foe,
However I with thee have my Lot,
to like doom, if Death
Consort with thee, Death is to as Life;
So forcible within my heart I feel
The draw me to my ,
My own in thee, for what thou art is mine;
Our State cannot be , we are one,
One Flesh; to thee were to my self.

Her own that what she wills to do or say

Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best.

All higher knowledge in her presence falls

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Degraded. Wisdom in discourse with her

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Loses discount'nanced and like folly shows. (Milton 8.548-553)
And sweet compliance, which declare unfeigned

Union of mind or in us both one soul (Milton 8.601-604)

Here is an example. When Adam decides to join Eve in sin and eat the apple, the poem says that he was “fondly overcome by female charm.” The word that asks you to pause is “fondly,” which means both foolishly and affectionately. The two meanings have different relationships to the action they characterize. If you do something foolishly, you have no excuse, and it’s a bit of a mystery as to why you did; if you do it prompted by affection and love, the wrongness of it may still be asserted, but something like an explanation or an excuse has at least been suggested.

At the gate of hell, he meets his offspring, Sin and Death, who unbar the gates for him.

Satan had done a great job persuading her.

So saying, from the Tree her step she ,
But first low Reverence , as to the power
That within, whose presence had
Into the plant sap,
From Nectar, drink of Gods. the while
Waiting desirous her return, had wove
Of choicest a Garland to
Her Tresses, and her rural crown,
As Reapers oft are wont Harvest Queen.
Great joy he to his thoughts, and new
Solace in her return, so long ;
Yet oft his heart, of ill,
Misgave him; the measure felt;
And forth to meet her went, the way she took
That Morn when first they parted; by the Tree
Of Knowledge he must pass, there he her met,
from the Tree returning; in her hand
A bough of fairest fruit that ,
New , and ambrosial smell .
To him she hasted, in her face excuse
, and to prompt,
Which with bland words at will she thus .

God sees Satan flying towards this world and foretells the fall of man.

Satan is apprehended by them and banished from Eden.

To whom then first ,
Is this the Love, is this the
Of mine to thee, ingrateful,
Immutable when thou wert lost, not I,
Who might have and immortal bliss,
Yet willingly chose rather Death with thee:
And am I now upbraided, as the cause
Of thy transgressing? not enough severe,
It seems, in thy restraint: what could I more?
I thee, I thee, foretold
The danger, and the lurking
That lay in wait; beyond this had force,
And force upon free Will hath here no place.
But confidence then bore thee on, secure
Either to meet no danger, or to
Matter of glorious trial; and perhaps
I also
What in thee so , that I thought
No evil durst attempt thee, but I rue
That now, which is become my crime,
And thou accuser. Thus it shall befall
Him who to worth in overtrusting
Lets her Will rule; restraint she will not brook,
And left to her self, if evil thence ensue,
first his weak indulgence will accuse.