Here in close recess With Flowers, Garlands, and sweet-smelling Herbs Espoused EVE deckt first her Nuptial Bed, And heav'nly Quires the Hymenaean
sung, What day the genial Angel to our Sire Brought her in naked beauty more adorn'd, More lovely then PANDORA, whom the Gods Endowd with all thir gifts, and O too like In sad event, when to the unwiser Son Of JAPHET brought by HERMES, she ensnar'd Mankind with her faire looks, to be aveng'd On him who had stole JOVES authentic fire.
Blake adjusts a Miltonic vibration on plate 4 of Milton (line 28, E 98), in which "Naked Beauty" is displayed "with Flute & Harp & Song"--in part alluding to Book Four of Milton's Paradise Lost (710-13), where "heavenly Quires" sing "the Hymenaean
" (marriage song) as innocent Eve in "naked beauty" is conducted to her "nuptial Bed." The clash of Blake's laminated language, however, is confirmed in Night the Ninth of The Four Zoas (125:1-35, E 394), where the Moon as a "golden harrow [is located] in the midst of Mental fires," (24) winged Cherubim, traditionally associated with Knowledge, occasionally denoted as sexual knowledge in Blake's intent.