“Forsake me not thus, Adam! witness HeavenWhat love sincere and reverence in my heart 915I bear thee, and unweeting have offended,Unhappily deceived! Thy suppliantI beg, and clasp thy knees; bereave me notWhereon I live, they gentle looks, thy aid,Thy counsel in this uttermost distress, 920My only strength and stay. Forlorn of thee,Whither shall I betake me, where subsist?While yet we live, scarce one short hour perhaps,Between us two let there be peace; both joining,As joined in injuries, one enmity 925Against a Foe by doom express assigned us.That cruel Serpent. On me exercise notThy hatred for this misery befallen—On me already lost, me than thyselfMore miserable. Both have sinned; but thou 930Against God only; I against God and thee,And to the place of judgment will return,There with my cries impor’tune Heaven, that allThe sentence, from thy head removed, may lightOn me, sole cause to thee of all this woe, 935Me, me only, just object of His ire.”
An important scene in Book X, where Eve demonstrates the first signs of repentance and penance. It is after they eat the fruit and Adam is angry with Eve. It occurs after the Son comes down as God to condemn htem to their fate. Eve teaches Adam how to ask for forgiveness.