Friday, January 24, 2014

Illustrations of Paradise Lost 6

From wikipedia
Raphael is an archangel who God sends to warn Adam about Satan's infiltration of Eden and to warn him that Satan is going to try to curse Adam and Eve. He also has a lengthy discussion with the curious Adam regarding creation and events which transpired in Heaven.

Taken from 'William Blake at the Huntington:

(This image depends mainly upon Books IV and V of Milton's Paradise Lost.)

From Text of Book IV
190So clomb this first grand thief into God's fold;
So since into his church lewd hirelings climb.
Thence up he flew, and on the tree of life,
The middle tree and highest there that grew,
Sat like a cormorant; yet not true life
195Thereby regained, but sat devising death
To them who lived; nor on the virtue thought
Of that life-giving plant, but only used
For prospect, what well used had been the pledge
Of immortality.

His far more pleasant garden God ordained;
Out of the fertile ground he caused to grow
215All trees of noblest kind for sight, smell, taste;
And all amid them stood the tree of life,
High eminent, blooming ambrosial fruit
Of vegetable gold; and next to life,
Our death, the tree of knowledge, grew fast by,
220Knowledge of good bought dear by knowing ill.

335Nor gentle purpose, nor endearing smiles
Wanted, nor youthful dalliance, as beseems
Fair couple, linked in happy nuptial league,
Alone as they. About them frisking played
All beasts of the earth, since wild, and of all chase
340In wood or wilderness, forest or den;
Sporting the lion ramped, and in his paw
Dandled the kid; bears, tigers, ounces, pards,
Gambolled before them; the unwieldy elephant,
To make them mirth, used all his might, and wreathed
345His lithe proboscis; close the serpent sly,
Insinuating, wove with Gordian twine
His braided train, and of his fatal guile
Gave proof unheeded; others on the grass
Couched, and now filled with pasture gazing sat,
350Or bedward ruminating; for the sun,

From Text of Book V
Two onely, who yet by sov'ran gift possess
This spacious ground, in yonder shadie Bowre
To rest, and what the Garden choicest bears
To sit and taste, till this meridian heat
Be over, and the Sun more coole decline. [ 370 ]
Whom thus the Angelic Vertue answerd milde.
Adam, I therefore came, nor art thou such
Created, or such place hast here to dwell,
As may not oft invite, though Spirits of Heav'n
To visit thee; lead on then where thy Bowre [ 375 ]
Oreshades; for these mid-hours, till Eevning rise
I have at will. So to the Silvan Lodge
They came, that like Pomona's Arbour smil'd
With flourets deck't and fragrant smells; but Eve
Undeckt, save with her self more lovely fair [ 380 ]
Then Wood-Nymph, or the fairest Goddess feign'd
Of three that in Mount Ida naked strove,
Stood to entertain her guest from Heav'n; no vaile
Shee needed, Vertue-proof, no thought infirme
Alterd her cheek.

Raphael Warns Adam and Eve
(from the Butts Set)
Illustration of Paradise Lost (Wiki Common)

(the Thomas Set)

The scene is the Garden of Eden.  
Three figures sit in a bower enclosed by palms,
(Lilies also, but only in Eden)

Adam is sitting on the left; 
Eve stands in the middle.
Raphael sits on the right and describes to the couple what
the prospects of; happiness he points to the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life is at the high central image.

Notice the hands of all three; Eve is holding a cluster of
grapes in her right hand and a holding a bowl in her left.

Both of these images display a table, 
the Thomas set is the smaller of the two.



Susan J. said...

devising death to them who live...
thanks, Larry!

Susan J. said...

I so appreciate you and Ellie and your faithful blogging... what an inspiration!