Excerpt from The Crown Lost and Restored
Had he stood in his original uprightness he would have lived forever in perpetual youth and robust manliness. As it was, it took a long time to reduce the life Of man to its present term: the first generations lived for nearly a thousand years, in wanton strength, braving the Almighty in their fierce incontinence, and wasting their powers in lavish lust. There were giants in the earth in those days, men Of stalwart frame and impetuous passions, who filled the world with tumult and transgression, grim and gory Goliaths, great in crime, robust witnesses Of the fearfulness of the fall.
Sin interrupted the health and broke the vigor of the body. Pain, disease, languor, feebleness, thenceforward were its heritage. Wearing toil and trouble were to be the costly price Of success. The curse came upon the body.
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