"These then, though unbeheld in deep of night/ Shine not in vain, nor think, though men were none"


Adam and Eve, Sistine Chapel
Public DomainAdam and Eve, Sistine Chapel - Credit: Michaelangelo

This passage comes from the fourth book of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost, written in 1674.

The poem follows the Christian mythos of Adam and Eve, their temptation by Satan to eat from the Tree of Life, and their eventual expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Milton is believed to have been a Calvanist and, in line with Calvanist beliefs, Paradise Lost is concerned with the tension between God's plan for each individual and free will.

That Almasy falls in love with Katherine's voice as she reads this, echoes the theme of biblical temptation.

Read Milton's works, including Paradise Lost, at Project Gutenburg.