Codex Junius 11 HTML version

Liber I.13
(ll. 684-703) Long she pled, and urged him all the day to that dark deed, to
disobey their Lord's command. Close stood the evil fiend, inflaming with desire,
luring with wiles, and boldly tempting him. The fiend stood near at hand who on
that fatal mission had come a long, long way. He planned to hurl men down to
utter death, mislead them and deceive them, that they might lose the gift of God,
His favour and their heavenly realm. Lo! well the hell-fiend knew they must
endure God's anger and the pains of hell, suffer grim misery and woe, since they
had broken God's commandment, when with his lying words he tricked the
beauteous maid, fairest of women, unto that deed of folly, so that she spake
according to his will; and aided her in tempting unto evil the handiwork of God.
(ll. 704-716) Over and over the fairest of women pled with Adam, until she began
to incline his heart so that he trusted the command the woman laid upon him. All
this she did with good intent, and knew not that so many evils, such grim
afflictions, would come upon mankind, when she was moved to hearken to the
counsels of the evil herald; but she hoped to win God's favour by her words,
showing such token and such pledge of truth unto the man, that the mind of
Adam was changed within his breast, and his heart began to bend according to
her will.
(ll. 717-726) From the woman he took both death and hell, although it did not
bear these names, but bore the name of fruit. The sleep of death and fiends'
seduction; death and hell and exile and damnation -- these were the fatal fruit
whereon they feasted. And when the apple worked within him and touched his
heart, then laughed aloud the evilhearted fiend, capered about, and gave thanks
to his lord for both:
(ll. 726-749) "Now have I won thy promised favour, and wrought thy will! For
many a day to come is man undone, Adam and Eve! God's wrath shall be heavy
upon them, for they have scorned His precepts and commandments. Wherefore
they may no longer hold their heavenly kingdom, but they must travel the dark
road to hell. Thou needest not feel sorrow in thy heart, as thou liest in thy bonds,
nor mourn in spirit that men should dwell in heaven above, while we now suffer
misery and pain in realms of darkness, and through thy pride have lost our high
estate in heaven and goodly dwellings. God's anger was kindled against us
because in heaven we would not bow our heads in service before the Holy Lord.
It pleased us not to serve Him. Then was God moved to wrath and hard of heart,
and drove us into hell; cast a great host into hell-fire, and with His hands
prepared again in heaven celestial thrones, and gave that kingdom to mankind.
(ll. 750-762) "Blithe be thy heart within thy breast! For here to-day are two things
come to pass: the sons of men shall lose their heavenly kingdom, and journey
unto thee to burn in flame; also heart-sorrow and affliction are visited on God.