Of taste to please
True appetite
Paradise Lost (5.298-450) by John Milton

Milton wasn’t into self-denial. He thought that God wants us to eat when (but only when) we are hungry; he was an early proponent of the “listen to your body” philosophy

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Pluck such choice Paradise Lost (5.298-450) by John Milton

Eve will look for the choicest (best) fruits in the garden, but “choice” is a loaded word for Milton: original sin comes from Adam and Eve’s free choice to eat the forbidden fruit (which Eve “pluck’d”)

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Save what by frugal storing firmness gains
To nourish
Paradise Lost (5.298-450) by John Milton

Some foods get better (and more nutritious!) with age

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Earths hallowd mould
Of God inspir'd
Paradise Lost (5.298-450) by John Milton

God made Adam in His own image (see Genesis 1:26), out of the earth

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By disburd'ning grows
More fruitful
Paradise Lost (5.298-450) by John Milton

Gotta spend money to make money!

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Well we may afford
Our givers thir own gifts
Paradise Lost (5.298-450) by John Milton

The fruits of the garden came from heaven (see Milton’s Sonnet XVI, so Adam and Eve might as well offer them to their angelic guest; apparently God’s not offended by re-gifting

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What glorious shape
Comes this way moving; seems another Morn
Paradise Lost (5.298-450) by John Milton

Seventeenth-century scientists praised Adam for his perfect vision, which they sought to emulate by using the recently invented telescope

But even Adam had trouble making things out sometimes!

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Milkie stream Paradise Lost (5.298-450) by John Milton

Not literally milky; Adam and Eve were vegans

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And Eve within, due at her hour prepar'd
For dinner savourie fruits
Paradise Lost (5.298-450) by John Milton

Eve is where she belongs: in the kitchen

She doesn’t have an oven, though, so she’s going to have to get creative..

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More warmth then Adam needs Paradise Lost (5.298-450) by John Milton

“then”=“than”

Eden, as a place of abundance, offers Adam and Eve more than they could possibly want of everything, which sounds great

But this line, implying that it might be getting a little too warm, makes us wonder if there could be too much of a good thing

For example, you know what else is warm? Sweat, on your brow, when you’ve been cursed to till the earth to gain your bread

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