[Milton-L] Adam ate of . . . the wrong Tree!

Jameela Lares jameela.lares at usm.edu
Mon Nov 17 12:20:04 EST 2014

PL does say something about pre- and postlapsarian diet.

But longer in that Paradise to dwell,
The Law I gave to Nature him forbids:
Those pure immortal Elements that know
No gross, no unharmoneous mixture foule,
Eject him tainted now, and purge him off
As a distemper, gross to aire as gross,
And mortal food, as may dispose him best
For dissolution wrought by Sin, that first	
Distemperd all things, and of incorrupt
Corrupted.  I at first with two fair gifts 
Created him endowd, with Happiness
And Immortalitie: that fondly lost,
This other serv’d but to eternize woe. . . .
(PL 11:48-60)

Jameela Lares
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The University of Southern Mississippi
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