According to Talmudic legend, Lilith was Adam's wife before
Eve. She was a cruel, sensuous, beautiful woman with no soul.
Of Adam's first wife, Lilith, it is
(The witch he loved before the gift of Eve,)
That, ere the snake's, her sweet tongue could deceive,
And her enchanted hair was the first gold.
And still she sits, young while the earth is old,
And, subtly of herself contemplative,
Draws men to watch the bright net she can weave,
Till heart and body and life are in its hold.
from Rossetti's own poem Lilith
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti