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

Richard A. Strier rastrier at uchicago.edu
Mon Nov 17 13:24:26 EST 2014


But the question is what "immortality" means here.

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> On Nov 17, 2014, at 11:23 AM, "Jameela Lares" <jameela.lares at usm.edu> wrote:
> 
> 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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