Stolen Fruit

all points are constellations

Sapience

sapere (Latin): to taste

sapience: wisdom, understanding; an attribute of God

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‘ere long I might perceive

Strange alteration in me, to degree

Of reason in my inward powers…

Thenceforth to speculations high or deep

I turned my thoughts, and with capacious mind

Considered all things visible in heav’n,

Or earth, or middle, all things fair and good’ (IX.598-605, Paradise Lost)

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‘Goddess humane, reach then, and freely taste’ (IX.732, PL)

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‘O sov’reign, virtuous, precious of all trees

In Paradise, of operation blest

To sapience, hitherto obscured’ (IX.795-7, PL)

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‘Eve, now I see thou art exact of taste,

And elegant, of sapience no small part’ (IX.1017-8, PL)

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