"Defaming As Impure What God Declares Pure"
Context: Adam and Eve finish their day's work of cultivating the garden. The time for rest has come, and all the beasts and birds seek repose except the nightingale, which sings throughout the night. Adam explains to Eve that man is dignified by having duties to perform; the lower animals are idle throughout the day. Eve indicates that whatever Adam commands is law to her. She comments on the beautiful evening, the fragrance of the air, and the glittering of the stars. She asks why the stars shine when all are asleep. This question leads Adam into explaining that millions of unseen spirits walk the earth in the starlight. With this explanation, they pass into their blissful bower, which is adorned with flowers; it is closed to the entry of any of the lower creatures. Adam praises the Omnipotent who created all things, and mentions that He has promised them that there will come a race from them to fill the earth, which shall extol the infinite goodness of God.
This said unanimous, and other ritesObserving none, but adoration pureWhich God likes best, into their inmost bowerHanded they went; and eased the putting offThese troublesome disguises which we wear,Straight side by side were laid, nor turned, I ween,Adam from his fair spouse, nor Eve the ritesMysterious of connubial love refused:Whatever hypocrites austerely talkOf purity and place and innocence,Defaming as impure what God declaresPure, and commands to some, leaves free to all.Our Maker bids increase, who bids abstainBut our destroyer, foe to God and man?Hail, wedded love, mysterious law, true sourceOf human offspring, sole propriety,In paradise of all things common else.. . .