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"She Gave Me Of The Tree, And I Did Eat"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: This is one of the saddest lines of poetry in Christian literature; the utter finality of the statement, with all the implications it has when spoken by Adam, symbol of all mankind, is forceful to the point of brutality: the deed of disobedience, bringing death, disaster, and dreadful woe, is done. And yet there is more in the statement, as Adam is immediately shown by his judge, the Messiah. Adam says that Eve, "whom thou madest to be my help,/ And gavest me as thy perfect gift, so good,/ So fit, so acceptable, so divine," gave him from her own hand the fruit to eat, the hand from...

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