"Sighing Through All Her Works Gave Signs Of Woe, That All Was Lost"
Context: Evicted from Heaven for revolting against God, Satan and the other fallen angels meet in council in Hell to determine a course of revenge. Satan decides to go to the newly created Earth; there, assuming the form of a serpent, he gains audience with Eve. Eve, astonished that a serpent can speak, is told that he has gained this ability by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Though forbidden by God on penalty of death to eat the fruit, and forewarned by the angel Raphael that Satan will attempt to cause her fall, Eve, seeing that the serpent has not been harmed by eating the forbidden fruit, decides to eat of the Tree of Knowledge:
So saying, her rash hand in evil hourForth reaching to the Fruit, she pluck'd, she eat:Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seatSighing through all her Works gave signs of woe,That all was lost. Back to the Thicket slunkThe guiltie Serpent, and well might, for EveIntent now wholly on her taste, naught elseRegarded, such delight till then, as seemd,In fruit she never tasted, whether trueOr fansied so, through expectation highOf knowledg, nor was God-head from her thought.