Codex Junius 11 HTML version

Liber I.16
(ll. 918-924) And unto Eve God spake in wrath: "Turn thee from joy! Thou shalt
live under man's dominion, sore smitten with fear before him. With bitter sorrow
shalt thou expiate thy sin, waiting for death, bringing forth sons and daughters in
the world with grief and tears and lamentation."
(ll. 925-938) And on Adam the Eternal God, Author of life, pronounced an evil
doom: "Thou shalt seek another home, a joyless dwelling. Naked and needy
shalt thou suffer exile, shorn of thy glory. Thy soul and body shall be cleft
asunder. Lo! thou hast sinned a grievous sin. Therefore shalt thou labour,
winning thy portion on the earth by toil, eating thy bread in the sweat of thy brow
while thou dwellest here, until that grim disease, which first thou tasted in the
apple, shall grip hard at thy heart. So shalt thou die."
(ll. 939-951) Lo! now we know how our afflictions came upon us, and mortal
misery! Then the Lord of glory, our Creator, clothed them with garments, and
bade them cover their shame with their first raiment. He drove them forth from
Paradise into a narrower life. By God's command a holy angel, with a sword of
fire, closed fast that pleasant home of peace and joy behind them. No wicked,
sinful man may walk therein, but the warden has strength and power, dear unto
God in virtue, who guards that life of glory.
(ll. 952-964) Yet the Almighty Father would not take away from Adam and from
Eve, at once, all goodly things, though He withdrew His favour from them. But for
their comfort He left the sky above them adorned with shining stars, gave them
wide-stretching fields, and bade the earth and sea and all their teeming
multitudes to bring forth fruits to serve man's earthly need. After their sin they
dwelt in a realm more sorrowful, a home and native land less rich in all good
things than was their first abode, wherefrom He drove them out after their sin.
(ll. 965-987) Then, according to the word of God, Adam and Eve begat children,
as God had bidden. To them were born two goodly sons, Abel and Cain: the
books tell us how these brothers, first of toilers, gained wealth and goods and
store of food. One, the first-born, tilled the fields; the other aided with his father's
cattle; and after many days they both brought offerings to God. The Prince of
angels, Lord of every creature, lifted up His eyes on Abel's offering and would not
look upon the gift of Cain. And the heart of Cain was bitter; wrath shook his soul,
and envy burned within him. Then with his hands Cain wrought a deed of shame,
struck down his brother Abel, and poured his blood upon the ground. The earth
drank in his blood poured out in murder.
(ll. 987-1001) After that mortal blow came woe and tribulation. From that shoot
grew more and more a deadly bitter fruit, and the boughs of sin stretched far and