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"The Evening Star, Love's Harbinger"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Michael, sent down from Heaven by God to instruct Adam in preparation for his expulsion from the garden, takes him to the top of a hill from which can be seen much of the earth and there shows him various forms of death that will kill men as a result of Adam and Eve's wickedness in eating the forbidden fruit. Adam wants to know why man, made in the divine similitude, must suffer these loathesome forms of death. Michael replies that the Maker's image forsook man when his ungoverned appetite led him astray. Man can live a temperate life and drop off easily in old age, but to do so he will have to outlive his youth, his beauty, and his strength. Man should live his life well, whether for a long or a short time, as Heaven decrees. Michael then shows Adam a new sight: a broad plain with tents and grazing cattle; the people are miners and work all sorts of...

(The entire section is 317 words.)