Excerpt from The Door
Standing within the church I saw
Bright on the window Adam and Eve
Sinning against the primal law,
The serpent smiling, to deceive
Their wits, with apple in his mouth:
(Ay, and the wind was blowing south).
These words were blazoned by his tongue -
"Ye twain shall be as gods and know
Good things from evil; ye are young
And I am old; to you I show
How God is trampled into nought."
(That lore, methinks, was dearly bought).
Adam stood distant from the tree,
And Eve was nigh the serpent's fang,
(Her goodman thus she might not see),
The serpent on the trunk did hang,
The apples all were gleaming red,
The colour of a rich man's bed.
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