first the chaste union of male and female, of the former to rule, of the latter to obey, and there was the spiritual offspring of intelligible and immortal joys filling the earth, that is, giving life to the body and ruling it. That is, man so held [the body] subject that he experienced from it no opposition or trouble. We should believe that it was this way, since they were not yet children of this world before they sinned. For the children of this world generate and are generated, as the Lord says, when he shows that we should contemn this carnal generation in comparison with the future life which is promised us. 93.
Power over the Beasts Taken Allegorically
31. Then God said to them, "Have power over the fish of the sea and the birds of the heaven and all reptiles that creep upon the earth." 94. Apart from that interpretation according to which it is clear that man is master of all these animals by reason, we can still understand this verse spiritually in the sense that we should hold in subjection all the affections and emotions of our soul, which are like those animals, and have mastery over them by temperance and modesty. For if we do not rule these emotions, they burst forth and turn into the foulest habits, carrying us off with all sorts of destructive plea____________________