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Eve sees herself for the first time as a reflection in a pool. Mezzotint by J. Martin, 1827.

  • Martin, John, 1789-1854.
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Eve at the fountain


Eve at the fountain, Milton, Paradise lost, book 4, lines 449-468. Eve addresses Adam as follows: "That day I oft remember, when from sleep / I first awak't, and found my self repos'd / Under a shade of flours, much wondring where / And what I was, whence thither brought, and how. / Not distant far from thence a murmuring sound / Of waters issu'd from a Cave and spread / Into a liquid Plain, then stood unmov'd / Pure as th' expanse of Heav'n; I thither went / With unexperienc't thought, and laid me downe / On the green bank, to look into the cleer / Smooth Lake, that to me seemd another Skie. / As I bent down to look, just opposite, / A Shape within the watry gleam appeard / Bending to look on me, I started back, / It started back, but pleas'd I soon returnd, / Pleas'd it returnd as soon with answering looks / Of sympathie and love; there I had fixt / Mine eyes till now, and pin'd with vain desire, / Had not a voice thus warnd me, What thou seest, / What there thou seest fair Creature is thy self …"


[London] : [Septimus Prowett?], [1827]

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1 print : mezzotint ; platemark 26.7 x 35.6 cm, image 19.7 x 27.7


[State before lettering].


Wellcome Library no. 2846183i



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