Codex Junius 11
(ll. 496-506) "Hast thou any longing, Adam, unto God? His service brings me
hither from afar. Not long since I was sitting at His side. He sent me forth upon
this journey to bid thee eat this fruit. He said thy strength and power would
increase, thy mind be mightier, more beautiful thy body, and thy form more fair.
He said thou wouldest lack no good thing on the earth when thou hast won the
favour of the King of heaven, served thy Lord with gladness, and deserved His
(ll. 507-521) "In the heavenly light I heard Him speaking of thy life, praising thy
words and works. Needs must thou do His bidding which His messengers
proclaim on earth. Broad-stretching are the green plains of the world, and from
the highest realms of heaven God ruleth all things here below. The Lord of men
will not Himself endure the hardship to go upon this journey, but sendeth His
ministers to speak with thee. He sendeth tidings unto thee to teach thee wisdom.
Do His will with gladness! Take this fruit in thy hand; taste and eat. Thy heart
shall grow more roomy and thy form more fair. Almighty God, thy Lord, sendeth
this help from heaven."
(ll. 522-546) And Adam, first of men, answered where he stood on earth: "When I
heard the Lord, my God, speaking with a mighty voice, He bade me dwell here
keeping His commandments, gave me this woman, this lovely maid, bade me
take heed and be not tempted to the tree of death and utterly beguiled, and said
that he who taketh to his heart one whit of evil shall dwell in blackest hell. Though
thou art come with lies and secret wiles, I know not that thou art an angel of the
Lord from heaven. Lo! I cannot understand thy precepts, thy words or ways, thy
errand or thy sayings. I know what things our Lord commanded when I beheld
Him nigh at hand. He bade me heed His word, observe it well, and keep His
precepts. Thou art not like to any of His angels that ever I have seen, nor hast
thou showed me any token that my Lord hath sent of grace and favour. Therefore
I cannot hearken to thy teachings. Get thee hence! I have my faith set firm upon
Almighty God, who with His own hands wrought me. From His high throne He
giveth all good things, and needeth not to send His ministers."