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Lord God had made. -Genesis,Chapter 3rd, verse I. PREFACE. The following scenes are entitled "A Mystery" in conformity with the ancient title annexed to dramas upon similar subjects, which were styled "Mysteries, or Moralities." The author has by no means taken the same liberties with his subject which were common formerly, as may be seen by any reader curious enough to refer to those very profane productions, whether in English, French, Italian, or Spanish. The author has endeavored to preserve the language adapted to his characters; and where it is (and this is b ut rarely) taken from actual Scripture, he has made as little alteration, even of words, as the rhythm would permit. The reader will recollect that the book of Genesis does not state that Eve was tempted by a demon, but by "The Serpent" and that only becau se he was "the most subtil of all the beasts of the field." Whatever interpretation the Rabbins and the Fathers may have put upon this, I take the words as I find them, and reply, with Bishop Watson upon similar occasions, when the Fathers were quoted to him as Moderator in the schools of Cambridge, "Behold the Book!" - holding up the Scripture. It is to be recollected, that my present subject has nothing to do with the New Testament, to which no reference can be here made without anachronism. With the poems upon similar topics I have not been recently familiar. Since I was twenty I have never read Milton , but I had read him so frequently before, that this may make little difference. Gesner's "Death of Abel" I have never read since I was eight year s of age, at Aberdeen. The general impression of my recollection is delight; but of the contents I remember only that Cain's wife was called Mahala, and Abel's Thirza; in the following pages I have called them, "Adah" and "Zillah," the earliest female name s which occur in Genesis. They were those of Lamech's wives: those of Cain and Abel are not called by their names. Whether, then, a coincidence of subject may have caused the same in expression, I know nothing, and care as little. I am prepared to be accused of Manicheism , or some other hard name ending in ism, which makes a formidable figure and awful sound in the eyes and ears of those who would be as much puzzled to explain the terms so bandied about, as the liberal and pious indulgers in such epithets. Against such I can defend myself, or, if necessary, I can attack in turn. "Claw for claw, as Conan said to Satan, and the deevil take the shortest nails" (Waverley) . The reader will please to bear in mind (what few choose to recollect), that there is no allusion to a future state in any of the books of Moses, nor indeed in the Old Testament. For a reason for this extraordinary omission he may consult Warburton's "Divine Legation" ; whether satisfactory or not, no better has yet been assigned. I h ave therefore supposed it new to Cain, without I hope, any perversion of Holy Writ. With regard to the language of Lucifer, it was difficult for me to make him talk like a clergyman upon the same subjects; but I have done what I could to restrain him withi n the bounds of spiritual politeness. If he disclaims having tempted Eve in the shape of the Serpent, it is only because the book of Genesis has not the most distant allusion to anything of the kind, but merely to the Serpent in his serpentine capacity. Note--The reader will perceive that the author has partly adopted in this poem the notion of Cuvier  that the world had been destroyed several times before the creation of man. This speculation, derived from the different strata and the bones of enormous and unknown animals found in them, is not contrary to the Mosaic account, but rather confirms it; as no human bones have yet been discovered in those strata, although those of many known animals are found near the remains of the unknown. The assertion of Lucifer, that the pre Adamite world was also peopled by rational beings much more intelligent than man, and proportionably powerful to the mammoth, etc., etc., is, of course, a poetical fiction to help him to make out his case. I ought to add, that there i s a "tramelogedia" of Alfieri, called "Abele" . I have never read that, nor any other of the posthumous works of the writer, except his Life. CHARACTERS MEN. ADAM. CAIN. ABEL. SPIRITS. ANGEL OF THE LORD.
LUCIFER. WOMEN. EVE. ADAH. ZILLAH.
ACT I. SCENE 1. - The Land without Paradise. - Time, Sunrise. ADAM, EVE, CAIN, ABEL, ADAH, ZILLAH, offering a Sacrifice.
ADAM. God the Eternal! Infinite! All-wise! Who out of darkness on the deep didst make Light on the waters with a word - All Hail! Jehovah! with returning light - All Hail! EVE. God! who didst name the day, and separate Morning from night, till then divided never Who didst divide the wave from wave, and call Part of thy work the firmament - All Hail! ABEL. God! who didst call the elements into Earth, ocean, air and fire - and with the day And night, and worlds which these illuminate, Or shadow, madest beings to enjoy them, And love both them, and thee - All Hail! All Hail! ADAM. God! the Eternal parent of all things! Who didst create these best and beauteous beings, To be beloved, more than all, save thee Let me love thee and them: - All Hail! All Hail! ZILLAH. Oh, God! who loving, making, blessing all, Yet didst permit the Serpent to creep in, And drive my father forth from P aradise, Keep us from further evil:- Hail! All Hail! ADAM. Son Cain! my first-born - wherefore art thou silent? CAIN. Why should I speak? ADAM. To pray. CAIN. Have ye not prayed? ADAM. We have, most fervently. CAIN. And loudly: I Have heard you. ADAM. So will God, I trust. ABEL. Amen! ADAM. But thou my eldest born? art silent still? CAIN. 'Tis better I should be so. ADAM. Wherefore so? CAIN. I have nought to ask. ADAM. Nor aught to thank for? CAIN. No. ADAM. Dost thou not live? CAIN. Must I not die? EVE. Alas! The fruit of our forbidden tree begins To fall. ADAM. And we must gather it again. Oh God! why didst thou plant the tree of knowledge? CAIN. And wherefore plucked ye not the tree of life? Ye might have then defied him. ADAM. Oh! my son, Blaspheme not: these are Serpent's words. CAIN. Why not? The snake spoke truth; it was the Tree of Knowledge; It was the Tree of Life: knowledge is good, And Life is good; and how can both be evil? EVE. My boy! thou speakest as I spoke in sin, Before thy birth: let me not see renewed My misery in thine I have repented. Let me not see my offspring fall into The snares beyond the walls of Paradise, Which even in Paradise destroyed his parents. Content thee with what is. Had we been so, Thou now hadst been contented. - Oh, my son! ADAM. Our orisons completed, let us hence, Each to his task of toil - not heavy, though Needful: the earth is young, and yields us kindly Her fruits with little labor. EVE. Cain - my son Behold thy father cheerful and resigned And do as he doth. [Exeunt ADAM and EVE.] ZILLAH. Wilt thou not, my brother? ABEL. Why wilt thou wear this gloom upon thy brow, Which can avail thee nothing, save to rouse The Eternal anger? ADAH. My beloved Cain Wilt thou frown even on me?
I am: . And hadst thou not been fit by thine own soul For such companionship. My father and my mother talk to me Of serpents. as I Despise myself.and if he so doth. CAIN. and might be: sorrow seems Half of his immortality. humanity? He cometh. Whom have we here?. By the unbounded sympathy of all With all! but He! so wr etched in his height.CAIN.because My father could not keep his place in Eden? What had I done in this? . nor less Beauteous.what they must sing and say. to catch a glimpse of those Gardens which are my just inheritance.I was unborn: I sought not to be born. Abel. would be nought Save what I am. canst thou Leave them. Spirit. why place him near it. One who aspired to be what made thee. No: art thou? CAIN.and me: I feel the weight Of daily toil. I live. But live to die.why suffer? What was there in this? The tree planted. Was plucked too soon. Why should I quail from him who now approaches? Yet ." How know I that? Because He is all-powerful. tarry not behind. Poor clay! And thou pretendest to be wretched! Thou! CAIN. I fain  would be alone a little while. and LUCIFER. Mortal! CAIN. Master of spirits. How! You know my thoughts? LUCIFER. ADAH. with all thy might. If not. CAIN.'tis your immortal part Which speaks within you. save an innate clinging. And what is that? LUCIFER.A shape like to the angels Yet of a sterner and a sadder aspect Of spiritual essence: why do I quake? Why should I fear him more than other spirits. who offers up The firstlings of the flock to him who bids The earth yield nothing to us without sweat. and feel for it. Precede me. too. ZILLAH.and must live for ever. CAIN. "'Twas his will. and why not for him? If not. but it will pass. indissoluble tyrant. Creating worlds. CAIN. I know the thoughts Of dust.perhaps he'll make One day a Son unto himself . too. Why did he Yield to the Serpent and the woman? or Yielding . he'd have us so.nay. CAIN. and yet not all as beautiful As he hath been.he seems mightier far than them. in his greatness. suffering in concert. Ah! Thou look'st almost a god. Mark me! that Son will be a sacrifice! CAIN. And being so. Who? LUCIFER. my brother is A watching shepherd boy. Ere the night closes o'er the inhibited walls And the immortal trees which overtop The cherubim-defended  battlements? If I shrink not from these.Toil! and wherefore should I toil?.I will follow shortly. Could he but crush himself. and re-create .and they are bitterWhich I must feed on for a fault not mine. As he saith . They have deceived thee. What immortal part? This has not been revealed: the Tree of Life Was withheld from us by my father's folly. CAIN. ABEL. 'Tis well . No. Your gentleness must not be harshly met: I''ll follow you anon. And heaven's And all that in them is.he cannot unmake: We are immortal! . And he is good. Are everlasting. brother! [Exeunt ABEL. Think not The Earth.] CAIN (solus). see no thing To make death hateful. follow? I judge but by the fruits.and thou wilt be No less than thou art now. must all-good. where it grew The fairest in the center? They have but One answer to all questions. and walk with dust? LUCIFER. Adah! no. I'm sick at heart. sisters. the Tree Of Knowledge? and was not the Tree of Life Still fruitful? Did I bid her pluck them not? Did I plant things prohibited within The reach of beings innocent. Let him crowd orb on orb: he is alone Indefinite.and thou. and the earth's CAIN. and tell him that His evil is not good! If he has made. And is it So? and can aught grieve save. is Existence . Ah! didst thou tempt my mother? LUCIFER. A loathsome. Which shut them out . Are ye happy? LUCIFER. And ye? LUCIFER.my Own and beloved . as if they Could master all things . and so my father saith. Thou livest . to make eternity Less burthensome to his immense existence And unparticipated solitude. and all the fruit is Death! LUCIFER. and ADAH. with Thoughts which arise within me. at least we sympathize And. make our pangs Innumerable. They are the thoughts of all Worthy of thought. CAIN. is no happier than We in our conflict! Goodness would not make Evil.as he Gave you a father . We are mighty. So I have heard His Seraphs sing. Save with the truth: was not the Tree. and of fruits and trees: I see The gates of what they call their Paradise Guarded by fiery-sworded Cherubim. .it will cease . and.] LUCIFER. and Would not have made thee what thou art.I rather would consort with spirits. Thy sire's Maker. who art thou? LUCIFER. by my mother's haste. And you. my mother has forgot the mind Which made her thirst for knowledge at the risk Of an eternal curse. and constant thought: I look Around a world where I seem nothing. No more? LUCIFER. CAIN. The peace of God Be on your spirit. what art thou? LUCIFER. My father is Tamed down. LUCIFER. understands not The mind which overwhelms me: never till Now met I aught to sympathize with me. as before. and curious By their own innocence? I would have made ye . [Enter LUCIFER. He conquered. if he made us . a serpent Had been enough to charm ye. It may be thou shalt be as we. let him reign! CAIN. . the fire-armed angels.she. Would I had never lived! LUCIFER. That he may torture: . Are ye happy? LUCIFER. How should I be so? Look on me! LUCIFER.and thou art Of spirits and of men. CAIN. living.let him! He is great But. So restless in his wretchedness. nor love the state To which that birth has brought me. I tempt none. Whom I see daily wave their fiery swords Before the gates round which I linger oft. which is thine ouward cov'ring. and what else hath he made? But let him Sit on his vast and solitary throne. which I abhor. and with you. yet cannot overcome And so I live. more endurable. In Twilight's hour. must still Create. Thou speak'st to me of things which long have swum In visions through my thought: I never could Reconcile what I saw with what I heard. and my Adah .but I thought alone This misery was mine. They say . CAIN. and yet all invincible Instinct of life. My sister Zillah sings an earlier hymn Than the birds' matins. CAIN. While that of Knowledge. 'twere the best boon He ever granted: but let him reign on! And multiply himself in misery! Spirits and Men. LUCIFER.which I know not. I would not now Have stood before thee as I am. I am none: And having failed to be one. nor believe But. And this is Life?. brother . too. Souls who dare use their immortality Souls who dare look the Omnipotent tyrant in His everlasting face. thou shalt live. on pain Of being that which I am. I will Return to seek you here.
CAIN. And sighs a prayer. CAIN. But we. as an illWhat ill? LUCIFER. must speak it. Which are so beautiful: shall they. for With fear rose longing in my heart to know What 'twas which shook us all . I dwell apart. Why? CAIN. or how? CAIN. Who? LUCIFER. As I know not death. And I. Darest thou look on Death? CAIN. if the mind will be itself And center of surrounding things .and hereafter. upon one condition. too. Though man's vast fears and little vanity Would make him cast upon the spiritual nature His own low failing. His equal? LUCIFER. Thou art my worshipper. or he who would Have made ye live for ever. when a boy. who made things but to bend Before his sullen. yet thought it. Deadly error! Not to snatch first that fruit: . CAIN." Were those his words? CAIN. Think'st thou I'd take the shape of things that die? CAIN. The Maker . sole eternity. it is a dreadful thing. I? Poor clay . CAIN. In nature being earth also . When thousand ages Have rolled o'er your dead ashes. LUCIFER. and yet not less than those he tempted. That is a grovelling wish. The seed of the then world may thus array Their earliest fault in fable.and Adah LUCIFER. In play. and my mother Weeps when he's named. not worshipping Him makes thee mine the same. And what is that? LUCIFER. And when I saw gigantic shadows in The umbrage of the walls of Eden. CAIN. and your seed's.I have nought in common with him! Nor would: I would be aught above . it seems. But thou canst not Speak aught of Knowledge which I would not know. Said'st thou not Thou ne'er hadst bent to him who made thee? CAIN. . who see the truth. CAIN.more in wisdom. But I must retire To till the earth . No.for he wished to know! CAIN. who know all things.'tis made To sway. Less than thy father's . CAIN. YesBut Abel's earnest prayer has wrought upon me. But not to live . but will absorb all things That bear the form of earth -born being. I'm glad of that: I would not have them die They are so lovely. Name it LUCIFER. and Adah looks on me. Although my brother Abel oft implores That I would join with him in sacrifice: Why should I bow to thee? LUCIFER. and attribute To me a shape I scorn. CAIN. But I will bend to neither.thy Lord. Perhaps . LUCIFER. And do not thirst to know. Wilt thou teach me all? LUCIFER. and more Who shall . What is Death? I fear. Could I wrestle with him? I wrestled with the lion. And yet I fear it . Would they had snatched both The fruits. LUCIFER. What? CAIN. and Abel lifts his eyes To Heaven. in the azure. But must be undergone. CAIN. Since he could overcome them. They were. and even He who thrust ye forth. Thoughts unspeakable Crowd in my breast to burning. And thou? CAIN. The offering is more his than mine . They say the Serpent was a spirit. and Zillah casts hers to the earth. I never As yet have bowed unto my father's God. He was hindered. LUCIFER. fear nothing. but I am great Many there are who worship me. He has not yet Been seen.but I speak to thee of what thou know'st not. CAIN. as I have heard from those who heard them. LUCIFER. Were I quiet earth. die? LUCIFER. I knew not that.need I say it? Could not thy mighty knowledge teach thee that? LUCIFER. Nothing can Quench the mind. But shall I know it? LUCIFER. as I scorn all That bows to him. To cull some first-fruits. CAIN. And fell. since I heard Of Death: although I know not what it is Yet it seems horrible. and bear a mind To know. Aye. CAIN. LUCIFER. or neither! LUCIFER.beneath Aught save a sharer or a servant of His power. To be resolved into the earth. For what should spirits tempt them? What Was there to envy in the narrow bounds Of Paradise. Who Saith that? It is not written so on high: The proud One will not so far falsify. Let me but Be taught the mystery of my being. The other may be still. That Thou dost fall down and worship me . LUCIFER. in the joy And power of Knowledge? CAIN. Follow Where I will lead thee. see What is true knowledge. I watched for what I thought his coming. LUCIFER. One is yours already. In thunder. but what. That were no evil: would I ne'er had been Aught else but dust! LUCIFER. With all thy Tree of Kn owledge. Both them who sinned and sinned not. Be it proved. Thy Fond parents listened to a creeping thing. My father Says he is something dreadful. that spirits who pervade Space . Ah! I thought it was a being: who could do Such evil things to beings save a being? LUCIFER. Inevitable.Call him Which name thou wilt: he makes but to destroy.or wherefore plucked he not The life-tree? LUCIFER. Have I not said it? . Then who was the Demon? He Who would not let ye live. when I hear Of this almighty Death. CAIN.Gods. LUCIFER. Alas! I scarcely now know what it is. And speaks not. Ask the Destroyer. And then I turned my wary eyes from off Our native and forbidden Paradise.for I had promised LUCIFER.fear I know not what! LUCIFER. Hast thou ne'er bowed To him? CAIN. And heart to look on? CAIN. But the thing had a demon? LUCIFER He but woke one In those he spake to with his forky tongue. I tell thee that the Serpent was no more Than a mere serpent: ask the Cherubim Who guard the tempting tree. he was ignorant of Death. By being Yourselves. It has no shape. checkered By the far-flashing of the Cherubs' swords. CAIN. CAIN. and foreknew The knowledge fatal to their narrow joys. CAIN. And become gods as we.but nothing came. I have looked out In the vast desolate night in search of him.be thou amongst the first. I cannot answer. LUCIFER. I cannot compass: 'tis denounced against us.but long outlive both thine and thee. He who bows not to him has bowed to me. in your resistance. CAIN. CAIN. Thou'lt know here . I feel. To offer up With Abel on an altar. Thou art not the Lord my father worships . How so? LUCIFER.what should I tempt them for. till he ran roaring from my gripe. The snake was the snake No more. Why dost thou hesitate? . LUCIFER. CAIN. No. Up to the lights above us. Ne'er the less. so thrust ye Because "ye should not eat the fruits of life. who is. LUCIFER. CAIN.but ere he plucked The knowledge. But didst thou tempt my parents? LUCIFER.
ADAH. Oh. And still loftier than the archangels.thee . ignorant of Eden.will he? CAIN (to LUCIFER). I see an angel. not content with their own sorrow. As true.was not the Tree that Of Knowledge? ADAH. and as false. Bear with what we have borne. in thy most flushed And heedless. CAIN. Fiend! tempt me not with beauty. I would half Forget . LUCIFER. He is a God. my mother! thou Hast plucked a fruit more fatal to thine o ffspring Than to thyself. And leave us? CAIN. and glowing as the light which ripens: Come away. thy children. No. Nearer and nearer: . But he is not like The angels we have seen. My brother. CAIN. What need of snakes and fruits to teach us that? ADAH. then. which may be.as thou Wert worked on by the snake. and toil. I must away with him. then. my God! Shall they not love and bring forth things that love Out of their love? have they not drawn their milk Out of this bosom? was not he. and sweat. The rapturous moment and the placid hour.or few.no. and Rather than see her weep. for their daring. with tears. To Death . Cain! walk not with this Spirit. LUCIFER. In hymns and harpings. ADAH. ADAH. ADAH. I would. their father. CAIN Seest thou not? ADAH. To that which is omnipotent. Thou hast labored not This morn. I will. ADAH. CAIN. your mother: bears she not the knowledge Of good and evil? ADAH. The Seraphs love most .and if we had been. What is the sin which is not Sin in itself? Can circumstance make sin Or virtue? .and all the few that are.It was Born with me . But lead them and ourselves through many years Of sin and pain .but I love nought else.nor God's: I have beheld The Cherubs and the Seraphs. He speaks like A God. Thou errest. ADAH. we are the slaves OfLUCIFER. Cain. And me? CAIN.the unknown! Methinks the Tree of Knowledge Hath not fulfilled its promise: . and self-seeking prayers. this promise. ADAH. If the blessedness Consists in slavery . millions. Are there. proves. in the same hour With me? did we not love each other? and In multiplying our being multiply Things which will love each other as we love Them? . But all we know of it has gathe red Evil on ill. he is not of ours.] ADAH. but I have done thy task: the fruits Are ripe. Are girt  about by demons. Who Art thou that steppest between heart and heart? CAIN. Cain? CAIN. The Seraphs' love can be but ignorance: That they are not compatible. my heart Beats quick. My little Enoch! and his lisping sister! Could I but deem them happy. More than thy mother. ADAH. and thy sire? ADAH. And yet that grief is knowledge . LUCIFER. Oh. So did the Serpent.Cain . ADAH. Bear all . Aye . He is not God . Adah! . alone - . not yet It one day will be in your children. And cannot be a sin in you . She is my sister. I have come for thee.whate'er It seem in those who will replace ye in Mortality.I Love thee. and it lied. Aye. Wilt thou? LUCIFER. I do. Interchecked with an instant of brief pleasure.so he lied not: And if he did betray you. And dread. 'twas with Truth. and if thou Wert happy CAIN. Omnipotence Must be all goodness. I look upon him with a pleasing fear. Cain! choose Love. LUCIFER.and the mystery of Death. We were not born then . and love me . And all the unnumbered and innumerable Multitudes. All we love in our children and each other. LUCIFER.since he loves not. Aye .that they are miserable.and worship aught. What! Must not my daughter love her brother Enoch? LUCIFER. I choose not . Did they love us when they snatched from the Tree That which hath driven us all from Paradise? ADAH. ADAH. I ask Thee to be mine.and hope of that Which cometh not.but not blessed. in innocent And happy intercourse with happy spirits: But we. LUCIFER. the doom Of thy fond parents. To inherit agonies accumulated By ages!-and I must be sire of such things! Thy beauty and thy love . others? But he is welcome. because It is omnipotent. LUCIFER. For thee. my Adah. and tempt us with our o wn Dissatisfied and curious thoughts . Not as thou lovest Cain.if they sinned.and. Oh. but still of sorrow. Be thou happy.to our eternal sorrow. ADAH.if it doth. methinks.Cain . And Truth in its own essence cannot be But good.since there is No other choice: your sire hath chosen already: His worship is but fear. At least they ought to have known all things that are Of knowledge . LUCIFER. What dreads my Adah? This is no ill spirit. Is that a sin too? LUCIFER. ADAH.and we Have less without thee. LUCIFER. he looks not Like them.save me from him! CAIN. myriads. as they were: they deigned To be our guest . who assume The words of God. Higher things than ye are slaves: and higher Than them or ye would be so. Born on the same day. Beloved Adah! ADAH. CAIN. Ask Eve. my Cain! go not Forth with this spirit. thou at the least hast passed Thy youth in Paradise.CAIN. thou art fairer Than was the Serpent. did they not Prefer an independency of torture To the smooth agonies of adulation. Remorse of that which was . The sin I speak of is not of my making. Should we not love them .but it can never be forgotten Through thrice a thousand generations! never Shall men love the remembrance of the man Who sowed the seed of evil and mankind In the same hour! They plucked the tree of science And sin . Our parents? CAIN.And as I love thee. [Enter ADAH. It is our hour of rest and joy . and heaviness. ADAH. How know'st thou? CAIN. LUCIFER. Was it so in Eden? ADAH. and She wrung from me. ADAH. But there are spirits loftier still The archangels. Born of the same sole womb. What must he be you cannot love when known? Since the all-knowing Cherubim love least. LUCIFER. We have seen many: will he share our hour Of rest? . I am not wretched. Then follow me! CAIN. ADAH.and our children. And if the higher knowledge quenches love. she must not. I cannot answer this immortal thing Which stands before me.Cherubim know most And this should be a Cherub . And yet I fly not from him: in his eye There is a fastening attraction which Fixes my fluttering eyes on his. he awes me. and not from love.he is welcome.my love and joy. Let me go with thee. Begot me . Choose betwixt Love and Knowledge . I have heard it said. I cannot abhor him. ADAH. and yet draws me near. But terror and self-hope. harmless wantonness of bliss. of the same womb. expulsion from our home. No. What do they know? .
and thou shalt be Borne on the air. If I were not that which I have said. Will he. Can I do so without impiety? LUCIFER.and both in vain. and possess a kingdom which is not His. I have said it. Follow me. but fly with me o'er the gulf Of space an equal flight. Believe . By all. With an inferior circlet near it still. swinging in far ether. They fill my eyes with tears. Dost thou not recognize The dust which formed your father? CAIN. and I will show What thou dar'st not deny. LUCIFER. To make that silent and expectant world As populous as this: at present there Are few inhabitants. What all? LUCIFER. But in his being? ADAH. but the spreading joy? LUCIFER. and endearing. enquire The cause of this all-spreading happiness (Which you proclaim) of the all-great and good Maker of life and living things.I will have nought to do with happiness. Or of his first-born son: ask your own heart. But the symbols Of the Invisible are the loveliest Of what is visible. . it is His secret. thou say'st. With us acts are exempt from time. knowing nought beyond their shallow senses. Not dazzling. And why not adore? ADAH. they Echo the sound to miserable things. despite of Death. young mortals. Cain. Nor would be happy. All light. nor be Amerced  for doubts beyond thy little life. though It seems an awful shadow . I dread not.yet I fear To sink.there am I: all things are Divided with me: Life and Death .and the o'er peopled Hell. ADAH. With torture of my dooming. Could I stand here? His angels are within Your vision. The million millions The myriad myriads . LUCIFER. they look upon us. Spirit. as a conditional creed To save thee." and the man shall walk The billows and be safe. Where dwellest thou? LUCIFER. I love it for Its beauty LUCIFER. CAIN. as in the dim blue air the eye Of you. Lead on. And thou couldst not Alone.and present. If I am not. Have faith in me. By me? LUCIFER. and is he happy? Lonely. ADAH. ADAH.the history Of past . His brother. Alas! those tears! Couldst thou but know what oceans will be shed ADAH. unless When I think how soon I shall see my brother. Or in his angels. Aye. Did not your Maker make Out of old worlds this new one in few days? And cannot I. and unnumbe red stars Spangle the wonderful mysterious vault With things that look as if they would be suns. In sooth. ADAH. but thou seem'st Like an ethereal night. my God! Who could be happy and alone. We must bear. tossed upon some water -drops. LUCIFER. Our father Saith that he has beheld the God himself Who made him and our mother. come on with me. And thus becomes so in diffusing joy. but with those around us I think I could be so. who is God's own image. Where should I dwell? Where are Thy God or Gods .-The Abyss of Space. Since better may not be without: there is A wisdom in the spirit.and perish! thus Would run the edict of the other God. Worship the word which strikes their ear. LUCIFER. If thou dost long for knowledge. I will have none such: Worship or worship not. where long white clouds Streak the deep purple. Throughout all space. be happy? ADAH. unnumbered. CAIN. Which looks like that which lit our earthly night? Is this our Paradise? Where are its walls. "Believe in me. Can it be? Yon small blue circle. Believe in me. Let him say on. Hast thou seen him? ADAH. LUCIFER. Our father Adores the Invisible only. I can satiate That thirst nor ask thee to partake of fruits Which shall deprive thee of a single good The Conqueror has left thee. ADAH. and he keeps it. So beautiful.and sink not! doubt . CAIN. he hath The angels. Will he return? LUCIFER. Yet thy God is alone. and our parents. ADAH. and yet drawing us to them. ADAH. ADAH. His Seraphs say: but it is worth the trial. And some of us resist . and deem Evil or good what is proclaimed to them In their abasement. ADAH. the exile fresh from Eden. ADAH. It is a beautiful star. welcoming the morn. and so dost thou. He is not so.and that Which is not heaven or earth. who are like to thee And brighter. Yes . and yon bright star Is leader of the host of Heaven. and of future worlds. but peopled with Those who once peopled or shall people both These are my realms! so that I do divide His. Who names me Demon to his angels. SCENE 1. which directs To right. There will come An hour. Alas! no! and you Are you of Heaven? LUCIFER. LUCIFER. CAIN.in his works. CAIN. yet less beautiful and powerful In seeming: as the silent sunny noon. Which. ADAH. Show in an hour what he hath made in many. Cain! thou hast heard. Cain! my brother! Cain! ACT II. To a place Whence he shall come back to thee in an hour. And I will weep for thee. and sink not . Of which thy bosom is the germ. thou shalt behold The worlds beyond thy little world. which humbles me and mine. And walk the waters. ADAH. Thou seems'st unhappy: do not make us so. Alone I could not. How can that be? LUCIFER. and we Can crowd eternity into an hour. NoSave in my father. and the mortals to make happy. Whither? LUCIFER. save ONE)  shall come back to thee. return within an hour? LUCIFER. And they who guard them? LUCIFER. [Exeunt LUCIFER and CAIN. who aided in this work. Point me out the site . Or hath destroyed in few? CAIN. It is not tranquil. lights at once upon The star which watches. Oh God! or Demon! or whate'er thou art.if I may Judge from what I have heard. when.and Time Eternity . Ask of your sire. 0 Cain! This spirit curseth us. What else can joy be. as I know it not. woman! he alone Of mortals from that place (the first and last Who shall return. Is yon our earth? LUCIFER. LUCIFER. LUCIFER. Which. and our children. I will not say. and good? ADAH. So they were when the fair Serpent Spoke with our mother first. or good? To me my solitude seems sin. Him will I follow. of which I am the Prince. I tread on air. A man shall say to a man.and heaven and earth . Alone! Oh.the all-peopled earth The unpeopled earth . But in that hour see things of many days.] ADAH (follows exclaiming). Or stretch an hour into eternity: We breathe not by a mortal measurement But that's a mystery. He shall.
And multiplying murder. Show me. like the light Which shone the roundest of the stars. LUCIFER. Thou canst not All die . How should I? As we move Like sunbeams onward. The things I see. Thou hast said. Here let me die: for to give birth to those Who can but suffer many years. Oh! how we cleave the blue! The stars fade from us! The earth! where is my earth? Let me look on it. Clay . I know not what thou art: I see thy power. LUCIFER. And men? . CAIN. than thou in it. then! CAIN. I knew not This until lately . But by whom or what? CAIN. or happy or unhappy. if thou Wouldst be immortal? CAIN. thou hast shown naught I dare not gaze on further.a heritage not happy. Thou didst before I came upon thee. or whatsoe'er They may be! Let me die. LUCIFER. But thou art clay . were chained down To the most gross and petty paltry wants. which would pretend to have Had no beginning.at which my soul aches to think Intoxicated with eternity? Oh God! Oh Gods! or whatsoe'er ye are! How beautiful ye are! how beautiful Your works. for moments only and the space Have been and must be all unchangeable.and all doomed to death . But the lights fade from me fast. LUCIFER. And that the night. LUCIFER. or know ye in your might And knowledge! My thoughts are not in this hour Unworthy what I see. And wilt thou tell me so? Why. No more than life is. LUCIFER. Spirit! let me expire.and canst but comprehend That which was clay. And science still beyond them. It may be. As I have shown thee much which cannot die? CAIN. as we recede from them. Wouldst thou behold things mortal or immortal? CAIN. in the universe.and wretched. And such they are. Less. and.the mysteries of Death. CAIN. and some. and die Methinks is merely propagating Death. The little shining fire-fly in its flight. Though multiplied to animated atoms. and then less. The Other Spake not of this unto my father. Where dost thou lead me? LUCIFER. And see thou show'st me things beyond my power. What! is it not then new? LUCIFER. and mightier things have been extinct To make way for much meaner than we can Surmise. And if there should be Worlds greater than thine own . Yet deem not that thou canst escape it. of which thy world Is but the wreck. Away. LUCIFER.there is what must survive. We and thy sons will try. or see them nearer. A most enervating and filthy cheat To lure thee on to the renewal of Fresh souls and bodies. Both partly: but what doth Sit next thy heart? CAIN. What. and such thou shalt behold. Nor ever shall . That! . CAIN. LUCIFER. I am angelic: wouldst thou be as I am? CAIN. And Edens in them? LUCIFER. if I show to thee things which have died. LUCIFER. then! on our mighty wings! CAIN. with me. and mine.I can survey. LUCIFER. and all its dust: 'Tis part of thy eternity. If I may judge. as atoms die. And must torture be immortal? LUCIFER. Where is it? I see nothing save a mass Of most innumerable lights. LUCIFER. Away. I must be Immortal in despite of me. CAIN. as to sojourn With worms in clay? CAIN. For I was made of it. that I may be in the rest as angels are. behold! Is it not glorious? CAIN. brighter than yon world Which bears them. And the immortal star in its great course. I seem that which I am. and canst range Nature and immortality . save as a dreadful thing Of which I have heard my parents speak. as I have seen The leaves along the limpid streams of Eden? Is your course measured for ye? Or do ye Sweep on in your unbounded revelry Through an aerial universe of endless Expansion . CAIN.inhabited By greater things . aspiring to such things. and few so happy CAIN. Dar'st thou behold? CAIN. and that was ere thou Or I were. By suffering. Must both be guided. But. Appear to join the innumerable stars Which are around us. LUCIFER. or the things which seem to us Greater than either: many things will have No end. then. where ye roll along. Beyond all power of my born faculties. thou Shalt soon return to earth. what are things? LUCIFER. What wouldst thou think? CAIN.but since it must be. Knowing such things. Art thou not nearer? look back to thine earth! CAIN. when I Beheld them from the skirts of Paradise: Methinks they both. though my dust is. LUCIFER. Increase their myriads. till now. And some till now grew larger as we approached.and. Although inferior still to my desires And my conceptions. 'Tis now beyond thee. LUCIFER. CAIN. And what art thou who dwellest So haughtily in spirit. which makes both beautiful. Let me. with death Written upon his forehead. And therefore do I ask of thee. How? LUCIFER.and yet Seem'st sorrowful? LUCIFER. Look there! CAIN.Spirit . LUCIFER.Of Paradise. when He shut him forth from Paradise. all foredoomed to be As frail. That they are beautiful in their own sphere.and the very best Of thine enjoyments a sweet degradation.yonder! LUCIFER. To what was before thee! The phantasm of the world. But changes make not death. I cannot see it. And wore the look of worlds. Each bright and sparkling . LUCIFER. CAIN. LUCIFER. Yet it sparkles still. (If that they die). Thou hast seen both worms and worlds. as we move on. have had one as mean As thou. How know I what I dare behold? As yet. learn To anticipate my immortality. Why. it grows small and smaller. Oh. Gathers a halo round it. And as it waxes little. Do so. The things I have not seen. LUCIFER. except to clay.and they themselves far more In number than the dust of thy dull earth. But now. All living . But at least Let what is mortal of me perish. But if that high thought were Linked to a servile mass of matter . I should be proud of thought Which knew such things. CAIN. Spirit! if It be as thou hast said (and I within Feel the prophetic torture of its truth).what dost think of them? CAIN. What are they which dwell So humbly in their pride. LUCIFER. On. CAIN. thou beautiful And unimaginable ether! and Ye multiplying masses of increased And still-increasing lights! what are ye? what Is this blue wilderness of interminable Air. I have seen the fire-flies and fire-worms Sprinkle the dusky groves and the green banks In the dim twilight. Yea.what thou wilt . as of A hideous heritage I owe to them No less than life . CAIN. All foul and fulsome . or accidents. Spirit! I Know nought of Death. But what Sate nearest it? CAIN. CAIN.
Nor form of mightiest brute. CAIN. All to be animated for this only! CAIN. CAIN. all is So shadowy. Through agonies unspeakable. and shadows still to come. it was more glorious. to innumerable Yet unborn myriads of unconscious atoms. Thou seekest to behold Death. CAIN. which. and make widening circles round us! LUCIFER. which seemed made for life to dwell on. LUCIFER. which. the features of fair earth: . but of inexplicable Shape. and gaze upon the past. On what thou callest earth They did inhabit. The clouds still open wide And wider. and yet so unlike them. What are these mighty phantoms which I see Floating around me? . Yes. Of thine. rose higher than the first. or things higher. Intelligent. LUCIFER. . On! on! [They disappear through the clouds. 'tis a thing Oh God! I dare not think on't! Cursed be He who invented Life that leads to Death! Or the dull mass of life. Return! be sure: how else should Death be peopled? Its present realm is thin to what it will be. I would behold. being life. Though rare in time. Thou say'st well: The curse is mutual 'twixt thy sire and thee But for thy sons and brother? CAIN. save the erect ones? CAIN. Cursed he not me in giving me my birth? Cursed he not me before my birth. could e'er have been in Eden. And true. In its dull damp degeneracy.and how weak they are. CAIN. It was. Than things to be inhabited themselves. All here seems dark and dreadful. Aye! and serpents too? LUCIFER. When? LUCIFER. . LUCIFER. By a most crushing and inexorable Destruction and disorder of the elements. Enter LUCIFER and CAIN. But was mine theirs? LUCIFER. CAIN. And so it shall be ever . Nor wear the form of man as I have viewed it In Adam's and in Abel's. . Adam.yet I see Huge dusky masses. CAIN. and dark .Hades. nor aught that is Now breathing. Till now he hath Said nothing. high. Rather than life itself. CAIN. That which Thou shalt be. and that my sire's sin makes him and me. at once. ye interminable gloomy realms Of swimming shadows and enormous shapes. Enormous vapours roll Apart . judge But thy own flesh. and glorious things. Dost thou curse thy father? CAIN. Somewhat of both. as a chaos Subsiding has struck out a world: such things. Ask him who fells. Ah me! and did they perish? LUCIFER. But if it be as I have heard my father Deal out in his long homilies. and in mine. as The sixty-thousandth generation shall be. are frequent in eternity. that I scarce Can call them living.no lights innumerable The very blue of the empurpled night Fades to a dreary twilight . and some displaying Enormous liquid plains. and so full of twilight. as thou wilt fade from thine. begirt with light. LUCIFER. And wherefore did it fall? LUCIFER. LUCIFER. I cannot answer. . To the world of phantoms. True. of deep valleys and vast mountains.] SCENE II. which Are beings past. Enter! CAIN. and beautiful.what's this? LUCIFER. nor in my children's: And yet they have an aspect. liable To such. and floating moons. But what were they? LUCIFER. Some fully shown. But here. It is too little and too lowly to Sustain such creatures. save that all shall die. Yes. and high.They wear not the form Of the Intelligences I have seen Round our regretted and unentered Eden. and showed them taking shapes Unequal. CAIN. Nor in my sister-bride's. CAIN. Till I know That which it really is.the stars are gone! LUCIFER. for I never saw such. If not the last. How silent and how vast are these dim worlds! For they seem more than one. happy! when unfolded. CAIN. what I Must one day see perforce. But distinct. LUCIFER. And all that we inherit. great. CAIN. As much superior unto all thy sire. And what are they? LUCIFER. CAIN. Could not retain. Behold these phantoms! they were once Material as thou art. Where? LUCIFER. Fear not . Adam is the first. but unlike the worlds We were approaching. good. Through thee and thine. Behold! CAIN. LUCIFER. Happy the day! LUCIFER.but we will Unfold its gates! CAIN. Let them share it With me. and some begirt With luminous belts. some indistinct.what are ye? Live ye. And yet thou seest. from their earth. Advance! CAIN. nor the face of man. What? Hath not he who made ye Said 'Tis another life? CAIN. but needs must forfeit it Even for the innocent! LUCIFER. CAIN. that It speaks of a day past.Wouldst have it present? CAIN. But that on drawing near them I beheld Their swelling into palpable immensity Of matter. Then what is Death? LUCIFER. though not Of men nor angels.but too mean to be The last of these. And some emitting sparks. Like them. CAIN. But not as now. But it grows dark. CAIN. their sire and brother! What else is Bequeathed to me? I leave them my inheritance! Oh. and all Mighty and melancholy . 'Tis darkness! LUCIFER. and full Of seeming strength. or have ye lived? LUCIFER.LUCIFER. I grant thee . Where Thou livest. I seek it not. Can I return? LUCIFER.without me thou Couldst not have gone beyond thy world. 'Tis a fearful light! No sun . CAIN. CAIN. How the lights recede! Where fly we? LUCIFER. in daring To pluck the fruit forbidden? LUCIFER. Seemed full of life even when their atmosphere Of light gave way. and yet more peopled Than the huge brilliant luminous orbs which swung So thickly in the upper air. CAIN. And thou! LUCIFER. Pass on. looks like something. which took. Wouldst thou have men without them? must no reptiles Breathe. mighty yet and beautiful As the most beautiful and mighty which Live. 'Tis awful! LUCIFER. Yea. Yet they lived. It is the realm Of Death.instead. and clogged With agonies eternal. and dead things? CAIN. They bear not The wing of Seraph. But how? LUCIFER. which.no moon . Perhaps He one day will unfold that further secret. to Thee and thy son. Haughty. that I Had deemed them rather the bright populace Of some all unimaginable Heaven. Living. but as I know there are Such. that. Which struck a world to chaos.
nor even of the same aspect. And man tempt woman: . but I know them not. for 'tis even Given chiefly at my own expense. these were the fruits Of the forbidden tree. it will Seem clearer to thine immortality. though I must till it. Which looks like water.CAIN. The happier thou! Thy world and thou are still too young! Thou thinkest Thyself most wicked and unhappy .war with all things. But there Are some things still which woman may tempt man to. the hugest which Roar nightly in the forest. turn thee back and till The earth. To make thyself fit for this dwelling. too. CAIN. Like them.but that I may not profit By what it bears of beautiful. untoiling. too.let thy sons look to it! My counsel is a kind one. like his sons. Of sorrow . It may be death leads to the highest knowledge. peopled with Things whose enjoyment was to be in blindness A Paradise of Ignorance. I rather would remain. LUCIFER. from which Knowledge was barred as poison. LUCIFER. . without the so dear-bought knowledge! It was a lying tree . 'Tis like another world. looking as he could coil Himself around the orbs we lately looked on Is he not of the kind which basked beneath The Tree in Eden? LUCIFER. but ten-fold In magnitude and terror. For crime. Good man! whene'er thy wife. Like them. Gaze on.but knowledge still: but what knows man? LUCIFER. No: 'twas my mother Who tempted him . but that it is bankless And boundless. and matter cannot Comprehend spirit wholly . CAIN.I'll waft thee there in safety. taller than The cherub-guarded walls of Eden . There is still some such on earth.with Eyes flashing like the fiery swords which fence them And tusks projecting like the trees stripped of Their bark and branches . crushed into A scarcely-yet shaped planet. and of an ethereal hue . Or. But do not think to dwell here till thine hour Is come! CAIN. Let He who made thee answer th at. that they must die? LUCIFER. which persuaded The fatal fruit. Although inferior. Nor know I now. too .let me dwell in shadows. My spirit buoys thee up to breathe in regions Where all is breathless save thyself.What is it? LUCIFER. too. But not what was beyond it. accumulating In generations like to dust (which they . Forth from the abyss. and disease to most things.what were they? LUCIFER. What ye in common have with what they had Is Life. But all Seems dim and shadowy. First-born of the first man! Thy present state of sin . Their earth is gone forever So changed by its convulsion. This seems too terrible. and thy children shall Dwell near it . or thy sons' wives. eat of it. And is! It is not with the earth. Eve. plighted to return. CAIN. CAIN. But behold What these superior beings are or were. CAIN. By what gate have we entered Even now? LUCIFER.for we know nothing. That which The Mammoth is in thy world. We knew already That there was Death.is it Not so? CAIN. But why war? LUCIFER. Tempt thee or them to aught that's new or strange. Many of the same kind (at least so called) But never that precisely.but 'tis something To know there are such realms. Be content. thou Must pass through what the things thou seest have passed The gates of Death. CAIN. No: I'll stay here. Resembling somewhat the wild habitants Of the deep woods of earth. CAIN. CAIN. CAIN. And those enormous creatures.can they ne'er repass To earth again? LUCIFER. LUCIFER. ten times higher than the haughtiest cedar. Thy precept comes too late: there is no more For serpents to tempt woman to. LUCIFER. I am sick of all That dust has shown me . are both Eden In all its innocence compared to what Thou shortly may'st be.'twas Oh. Are its inhabitants. and that state again. in degree Inferior as thy petty feelings and Thy pettier portion of the immortal part Of high intelligence and earthly strength. so there's little lost. CAIN. CAIN.'tis the phantasm of an Ocean. without having shared th e apple. I understand not this. Alas! the hopeless wretches! They too must share my sire's fate. But animals Did they. Nor gratify my thousand swelling thoughts With knowledge. thou see'st. I feel at war . a liquid sun And those inordinate creatures sporting o'er Its shining surface? LUCIFER. At least it promised knowledge at the price Of death . what a beautiful world it was! CAIN. LUCIFER. And what they were thou feelest. and bitterness. LUCIFER. thy task . they would not Be conscious to a single present spot Of its new scarcely hardened surface . At least leads to the surest science: therefore The Tree was true. CAIN. CAIN. And pangs. Your Maker told ye. And must I be Like them? LUCIFER. thy mother. LUCIFER. LUCIFER. I show thee what thy predecessors are. LUCIFER. 'Twill not be followed. LUCIFER. nor allay my thousand fears Of Death and Life. LUCIFER. and what ye shall have .and thou art evil. they were made for you. 'tis true. all had stood. though deadly. CAIN. Your father saw him not? CAIN. And these. and which I should deem  The river which flows out of Paradise Past my own dwelling. And yon immeasurable liquid space Of glorious azure which floats on beyond us.and thou sufferest. By mine! But. a Paradise To what thy sons' sons' sons.she tempted by the serpent. Hast thou ne'er beheld him? CAIN. It cannot be: thou now beholdest as A vision that which is reality. best Can tell what shape of serpent tempted her. What thy world is. But canst not comprehend the shadow of That which it was. And yon immense Serpent. CAIN. Phantoms inferior in intelligence (At least so seeming) to the things we have passed. The past Leviathans. You have forgotten the denunciation Which drove your race from Eden .but these lie By myriads underneath its surface. These dim realms! I see them.You would not have their doom Superior to your own? Had Adam not Fallen. How long? CAIN. and many states beyond thine own And this thou knewest not this morn. Forever! Since I must one day return here from the earth. No: for thy frail race to war With them would render the curse on it useless 'Twould be destroyed so early. I know not but for pain. LUCIFER. And being of all things the sole thing certain. I have felt much. CAIN. As you for him. No doubt the other Had more of beauty. . Be sure thou seest first who hath tempted them! CAIN. And death to all things. LUCIFER. Because Thy hour is yet afar. But None on it? LUCIFER. if it irk thee. which rears his dripping mane and vasty Head. In its redoubled wretchedness.Death: the rest Of your poor attributes is such as suits Reptiles engendered out of the subsiding Slime of a mighty universe. Thou knowest that there is A state.
Then there must be delusion. What does thy God love? CAIN. and I know not if he smiles. and lifelessness. the bird's voice The vesper bird's. and dazzling. My sister Adah. Then my father's God did well When he prohibited the fatal Tree. LUCIFER.they. LUCIFER. lit by an orb Which looks a spirit. All things. With time. But had done better in not planting it. But you have seen his angels. CAIN. LUCIFER. And who and what doth not? Who covets evil For its own bitter sake? . Thou lovest it. Why should he not? LUCIFER. Thou hast shown me wonders: thou hast shown me those Mighty Pre-Adamites who walked the earth Of which ours is the wreck: thou hast pointed out Myriads of starry worlds. who o'er it tremulous Stood licking its reviving limbs with joy. it must still roll on the same. thou canst not see if I love Or no . All that must pass away In them and her. CAIN. And yet my sire says he's omnipotent: Then why is Evil . All these are nothing. Can make its offspring. And I thee who lov'st nothing.All the stars of heaven. But as thou saidst Of all beloved things thou lovest her Who shared thy mother's milk. LUCIFER. how from Evil Springs Good! LUCIFER. In the first dawn and bloom of young crea tion. in Infinity of life: thou hast shown me shadows Of that existence with the dreaded name . LUCIFER.the indulgent Lord.he being Good? I asked This question of my father. And when it ceases to be so. 'Tis well and meekly done. my son! said Adam. CAIN. CAIN. I pity thee who lovest what must perish. As the day closes over Eden's walls. And what of that? Distance can but diminish glory . but love more What makes my feelings more endurable. Then thou canst have no fellowship with us. shall endure and do. LUCIFER. 'Tis fair as frail mortality. too. being not her brother. that 'twere A better portion for the animal Never to have been stung at all than to Purchase renewal of its little life With agonies unutterable. I'm sorry for it. No I'll not believe it .the Sun's gorgeous coming His setting indescribable. which fills My eyes with pleasant tears as I behold Him sink. I have done this The loveliest thing I know is loveliest nearest. Nothing. But time has passed. CAIN. Let him keep Her favor. The deep blue noon of night. Within those glorious orbs which we behold. Yes . And thy brother Sits he not near thy heart? CAIN. It may be that thine own shall be for me. LUCIFER. A part of all things. But bask beneath the clime which knows no winter. CAIN.nothing! 'tis The leaven of all life. that must arise from out Its deadly opposite. LUCIFER.Spirit! Here we are in thy world. LUCIFER. When nearer. What is that To me? should I not love that which all love? LUCIFER. LUCIFER. CAIN. But if thou dost possess a beautiful Being beyond all beauty in thine eyes. LUCIFER. to my eyes and heart. I Ne'er saw him. Because this Evil only was the path To Good.None . like any other appetite. CAIN. And is more than myself. And dost thou love thyself? CAIN. Snows! what are they? LUCIFER. Thou hast seen them from afar.(he pauses as agitated) . though Dispelled by antidotes. and hitherto Even Adam and my mother both are fair: Not fair like Adah and the Seraphim But very fair. And earliest embraces of earth's parents. What am I? CAIN. Strange good. And if I have thought. And his father's? CAIN. My father plucked some herbs. CAIN. CAIN. . LUCIFER. Cease to be beautiful! how can that be? LUCIFER. Dost thou love nothing? LUCIFER. But Sufficiently to see they love your brother: His sacrifices are acceptable. Like Adah's face: I turn from earth and heaven To gaze on it. And. LUCIFER. What didst thou answer? CAIN. LUCIFER. Ere we came down into this phantom realm. why recall a thought that . Yes. Now let us back to earth! CAIN. and by degrees the helpless wretch Resumed its careless life. LUCIFER. Why do I exist? Why art thou wretched? why are all things so? Ev'n he who made us must be. Behold. So be they! wherefore speak to me of this? LUCIFER. And the Jehovah . and rose to drain The mother's milk. must be more ineffable. Not of all things. Approach the things of earth most beautiful. looks smilingly on Abel. Meekly! LUCIFER. He is the second born of flesh. But ignorance of evil doth not save From evil. Mortal! My brotherhood's with those who have no children. And judge their beauty near. Was not thy quest for knowledge? CAIN. If truth be so. I lately saw A lamb stung by a reptile: the poor suckling Lay foaming on the earth. CAIN. CAIN. and innumerable.What is that Which being nearest to thine eyes is still More beautiful than beauteous things remote? CAIN. Be happier in not knowing What thy remoter offspring must encounter. CAIN. LUCIFER. because I love it! LUCIFER. speak n ot of mine. Distant. of which our own Is the dim and remote companion. You think so. CAIN. my father says. And so do I. LUCIFER. as the maker Of things unhappy! To produce destruction Can surely never be the task of joy. CAIN. . but I confess I see it not in their allotment here. which seems to sing of love. and feel my heart float softly with him Along that western paradise of clouds The forest shade. And wherefore didst thou Lead me here only to inform me this? LUCIFER. And bounteous planter of barred Paradise He. As was the apple in thy mother's eye.so does thy God. And mingles with the song of Cherubim. To which particular things must melt like snows. thy love Will cease.as being The road to happiness! LUCIFER.In fact but add to). CAIN. therefore. Most assuredly: What should I be without her? LUCIFER. Ill cannot come: they are too beautiful. Because thou hast thought of this ere now. Rarely.for I thirst for good. but Cannot conceive my love for her the less: And when her beauty disappears. and he said. or a spirit's worldThe hues of twilight . since the Serpent was the first To win it. Thou hast it. and giveth hers Unto thy children CAIN.except some vast and general purpose. CAIN. the green bough. Thy father loves him well . because 'tis beautiful. CAIN. beneath the vain And piteous bleating of its restless dam. CAIN. And is his mother's favorite. for He is my father: but I thought. methinks He who creates all beauty will lose more Than me in seeing perish such a work. Why art thou wretched? CAIN. and laid them to The wound. But dost thou not love something like thyself? LUCIFER. still it is delusion. CAIN.
weep. Which it ne'er shall. and 'Twill spare them many tortures. wherefore didst thou choose it For our child's canopy? ADAH. How beautifully parted! No. till he or I be quenched! And what can quench our immortality. CAIN. dark as the cypress which waves o'er them. And star by star.sleep on. [They go up to the child. which he Holds. And the infinity of endless ages. Of Death? LUCIFER. laugh. though of Spirits. Your reason: . but the time will come thou shalt see one Of them for evermore. but no matter . And why not he who made? I made ye not. is boundless? LUCIFER. Enter CAIN and ADAH. which I hold with him . thou say'st. CAIN. But it were pity to disturb him till 'Tis closed. LUCIFER. Alas! I seem Nothing. if Evil springs from him. Thou! for If thou canst do man good. LUCIFER. Hast a superior. And cannot ye both reign. Yea! CAIN. we reign Together. One good gift has the fatal apple given. but no superior. or show me Thy dwelling. why dost thou not? LUCIFER. CAIN.Death. And what I have seen Yon blue immensity. How came ye. CAIN. and things which have Long ceased to breathe our breath. . and smile! Thine are the hours and days when both are cheering And innocent! thou hast not plucked the fruit Thou know'st not thou art naked! Must the time Come thou shalt be amerced for sins unknown. such as it must be. will I dispute! And world by world. Cypress! 'Tis A gloomy tree. SCENE 1. drink. and not mine. and some of those bu t bitter. and the immensity Of worlds and life. so I see them! LUCIFER. if ever it shall cease. And now I will convey thee to thy world. And so we shall remain. In their pure incarnation. Clay has its earth. which looks as if it mourned O'er what it shadows. Then leave us His creatures. Which were not thine nor mine? But now sleep on! His cheeks are reddening into deeper smiles. till the great Conflict shall cease. No! By heaven. CAIN Aye.lead me to him.so call him. . CAIN. as I battled In highest Heaven . And the unfathomable gulfs of Hades. I could show thee Both. Then I dread it less. LUCIFER. ADAH.where the outward fails. Art not thou Abel's brother? CAIN.Which my sire brought us . do not name it mine.let it not be overswayed By tyrannous threats to force you into faith 'Gainst all external sense and inward feeling: Think and endure. Because its branches Shut out the sun like night. to thine earth. That is the prelude.why should ye differ? LUCIFER. Thy human mind hath scarcely grasp to gather The little I have shown thee into calm And clear thought: and thou wouldst go on aspiring To the great double Mysteries! the two Principles!  And gaze upon them on their secret thrones! Dust! limit thy ambition. That sight is for the other state. ye new And scare-born mortals. and other worlds their tenants. All temporary breathing creatures their Peculiar element. Hush! tread softly. Here. . Or mutual and irrevocable hate? He as a conqueror will call the conquered Evil. And his lips. To separate? Are ye not as brethren in Your essence . the last And longest. Half open. CAIN. CAIN.or thine: Where is it? LUCIFER. and not see them. My disinherited boy! 'Tis but a dream. you shall not Kiss him.through all Eternity. and war triumphant with your o wn. Would there were only one of ye! perchance An unity of purpose might make union In elements which seem now jarred in storms. Shall tremble in the balance. In his especial Paradise . Our little Enoch sleeps upon yon bed Of leaves. Did ye not tell me that Ye are both eternal? LUCIFER. And the interminable realms of space. CAIN. and your glory? LUCIFER.and form an inner world In your own bosom . Bequeath that science to thy children.and die! CAIN. near Eden. ADAH. at least not now: he will awake soon His hour of mid-day rest is nearly over. But few. and therefore seemed Fitting to shadow slumber. But one of you makes evil. Which? CAIN. tremble. [They disappear. and the abyss. toil. And you. Back With me. or his dwelling. LUCIFER.but none from me: I battle it against him. have theirs. And let me perish. as in Act 1. his works would be deemed The only evil ones.Infinity with Immortality? Jarring and turning space to misery .true. Homage he has from all .The Earth. And to what end have I beheld these things Which thou hast shown me? LUCIFER. for to see Either of these would be for thee to perish! CAIN. CAIN. There The son of her who snatched the apple spake! But thou wouldst only perish.] How lovely he appears! his little cheeks. Till ye know better its true fount. but our dwellings are asunder. To reign. Aye. what have been his gifts To you already.For what? LUCIFER. but the fruits Of your existence. all. Now that I know it leads to something definite. And why not now? LUCIFER. and sleeps! . Cain! CAIN. to know mortal nature's nothingness. He smiles. All. Didst thou not require Knowledge? And have I not in what I showed. So shall you nearer be the spiritual Nature. And this should be the human sum Of knowledge. and o'er all space. LUCIFER. in your little world? CAIN. but were it not so. And shining lids are trembling o'er his long Lashes. Evil and Good are things in their own essence. And not made good or evil by the Giver.as all things. from beneath them the clear blue Laughs out. too. thou hast shown me much But not all: show me where Jehovah dwells. We both reign. being Spirits wise and infinite.and your nature. Taught thee to know thyself? CAIN. Eat. and universe by universe.No! I have a Victor . and try the rest Of his celestial boons to you and yours. CAIN. He must dream Of what? Of Paradise! . We are brethren. Ye are his creatures. I will . although in slumber. No. Haughty spirit! Thou speak'st it proudly. young inheritor Of a world scare less young: sleep on. vying with The rose leaves strewn beneath them. Were thou shalt multiply the race of Adam. though proud. as thou say'st we are.is there not Enough? . but what will be the Good he gives? Were I the victor. LUCIFER. then?. CAIN.] ACT III. You have said well. then. but thyself. beneath the cypress. I will contain My heart till then.but wherefore? ADAH. And the Jehovah and thyself have thine Ye do not dwell together? LUCIFER. and judge Not by words. sleep . thou little. But if he gives you good . And smile.Aye! dream of it. Is spirit like to flesh? can it fall out . CAIN. But ye Have some allotted dwelling .
as they are In the clear water. And seem well-pleased with pain? For what should I Be contrite? for my father's sin. And how knew he. Cain? Mother.our sweet sister. Sweet Enoch! [She goes to the child. Dear Cain! Nay. Has the Most High been so . The mind then hath capacity of time. And yet I have approached that sun. That I was nothing! ADAH. Talk not of pain! The childless cherubs well might envy thee The pleasures of a parent! Bless him. or Where'er thou wilt: where'er thou art. Have I not thee . my Cain: thy words Sound impious in mine ears. The fruits of the earth. already Expiate with what we all have undergone. Oh. skirred  extinguished worlds. So soon? ADAH. Little deems our young blooming sleeper.how like to thee. ADAH. But first embrace thy son. but of the Spirit who was with thee. but His heart will. It shall. Fear not! for all the stars. little or almighty. What is that To us? they sinned. [Enter ABEL. Cain! that proud Spirit. my Cain. CAIN. and never more Shall light.Death. And friend to man. Cain! CAIN. and sweaten in the sun. is't not so. Why. To save thee from the Serpent's curse! ADAH. and brother. ADAH. then. leave us for awhile We mean to sacrifice. and sire. Blossom and bud -and bloom of flowers and fruits These are a goodly offering to the Lord. too. Love us. for we love thee. there. Was he of those We have seen and spoken with. Hath saddened thine still deeper. like to our father? CAIN. Cain! As yet he hath no words to thank thee. 'Twere better that he ceased to live. No: he contents him With making us the nothing which we are. I have toiled. I have no offering. My sister Adah. According to the curse: . and all the power Which sways them I would not accost yon infant With ruder greeting than a father's kiss. boy! If that a mortal blessing may avail thee. And can forgive him all. than give Life to so much of sorrow as he must Endure. my brothe r. thy sons. so they might live! CAIN.as a bribe To the Creator? ADAH. my Cain! And love thyself for our sakes. with her child. Never! Though thy God left thee. Cain! My brother. resolves It back to dust again . Surely. ADAH. CAIN.provided that one victim Might satiate the Insatiable of life. And measures it by that which it beholds. I feel not The want of this so much regretted Eden. In high communion with a Spirit. of bloom. Our brother comes CAIN. while his little form Flutters as winged with joy. when they are gentle. CAIN. CAIN. far Beyond our wonted range. Our sister tells me that thou hast been wandering. which he daily brings With a meek brow. gazing on eternity. and our Eve. and tilled. I had beheld the immemorial works Of endless beings. ADAH. Till I return to dust? If I am nothing For nothing shall I be an hypocrite. I said. and of joy How like to me . methought I had borrowed more by a few drops of ages From its immensity: but now I feel My littleness again. CAIN. Cain! look on him. CAIN. And that our little rosy sleeper there Might never taste of death nor human sorrow. Given with a gentle and a contrite spirit. is among the debts we owe her. Thou hast not spoken well. ADAH. let us only say 'Twere better that he never had been born. nameless sin If it be such a sin to seek for knowledge? ADAH. CAIN. that he so soon Hath given thee back to us. Thou know'st Even for our parents error. than let him live to ADAH.our sire. How know we that some such atonement one d ay May not redeem our race? CAIN. And Zillah . Shall walk in that forbidden place of joy! ADAH. that we must be victims for a deed Before our birth. Nor hand it down to those who spring from him. upon our seed. Thy brother Abel.] . why so awful in thy speech? CAIN. our features are Reflected in each other. CAIN. Welcome. Well said the Spirit. Pleasing or painful. Then. and grovelling in the dust. And. so say I . but since That saying jars you. do not whisper o'er our son Such melancholy yearnings o'er the past: Why wilt thou always mourn for Paradise? Can we not make another? CAIN.my child! thy child! Oh. And opens wide his blue eyes upon thine. Bless thee. Would have composed thy mind into the calm Of a contented knowledge. and dashed him 'gainst The rocks. and son. Farewell. which our brother Abel made During thine absence. CAIN. Say. and. Alas! thou sinnest now. ADAH. nor is that thought Thy own. nourishing.our boy . Would I could die for them. beautiful. No. The germs of an eternal misery To myriads is within him! better 'twere I snatched him in his sleep. and When thou art gentle. hail! ABEL. But bless him ne'er the less. Oh. And loving him? Soft! he awakes. what have we here? ADAH. Of that I doubt. we are innocent: what have we Done. Hardly hours. Here. Wherefore said he so? Jehovah said not that. CAIN. By sacrificing The harmless for the guilty? what atonement Were there? why. The mother's joys of watching. Surely a father's blessing may avert A reptile's subtlety. Two altars. To whom we own so much besides our birth? CAIN. I had hoped The promised wonders which thou hast beheld.if so you term him? ABEL. but only hours upon the sun. The peace of God be on thee! CAIN. 'Tis scarcely Two hours since ye departed: two long hours To me. of beauty. Look! how he laughs and stretches out his arms. whereupon to offer A sacrifice to God on thy return. And to be more than expiated by The ages prophesied. ADAH. And Abel's pious ministry. ADAH. Of strength.] ABEL. whose base hu mility Shows more of fear than worship . Abel. CAIN. And after flattering dust with glimpses of Eden and Immortality. the early.For never more thyself. bequeath. then let them die! ADAH. nor fathers.] Oh.for what? ADAH. and thine own too. Why then commune with him? he may be A foe to the Most High. do not say so! Where were then the joys. when gentle For then we are all alike. but I see Thy guide hath done thee evil: still I thank him. 'tis well done. recall thee To peace and holiness! [Exit ADAH. CAIN. that I would be so ready With the burnt offerings. and worlds he never lit: methought Years had rolled o'er my absence. or need have victims to Atone for this mysterious. To hail his father. Then leave me! ADAH. harder still. Visions. Term him! your words are strange today. thou say'st of past and present worlds. One altar may suffice.must I do more? For what should I be gentle? for a war With all the elements ere they will yield The bread we eat? For what must I be grateful? For being dust. CAIN. who withdrew thee hence. Where? ADAH. my God! Touch not the child . Yes . May his soft spirit. ABEL. and seen Worlds which he once shone on. see how full of life.
And softened with a sacrifice. ABEL. and Good and Evil seem To have no power themselves. [The fire upon the altar of ABEL kindles into a column of the brightest flame. Their seed will bear fresh fruit there ere the summer: Thy burnt-flesh offering prospers better. But I have ne'er Asserted it.and. to earth let them return. I revered thee not. and eternity! Without whom all were evil.I pray thee. I stand between thee and the shrine which hath Had his acceptance. CAIN. brother. while a whirlwind throws down the altar of CAIN. Nor suffer any ABEL [rising]. as my elder. if the sweet and blooming fruits of earth. CAIN. CAIN. Another sacrifice! Give way. CAIN. Compared with our great crimes: . ABEL. to make His children all lost. I pray thee To do so now: thy soul seems laboring in Some strong delusion. save in thy will And whether that be good or ill I know not. ABEL. and kindle a flame upon them. of which he is .ABEL. and fat thereof A shepherd's humble offering. It means .in honor Of thee. And spared. And altar without gore.then look to it: Give way. Suns. To the pain of the bleating mo thers. lead thou the way. ere he hath more! ABEL. If it must be so .'tis hallowed now By the immortal pleasure of Jehovah. I will build no more altars. CAIN. Neither.inasmuch as they have not Suffered in limb or life . and of thy name. Revere him. which smokes On my right hand. upon their loud-voiced spheres Singing in thunder round me.] Behold them in their various bloom and ripeness. for evermore! CAIN [standing erect during this speech]. [They dress their altars. Strike him! or spare him. Choose thou! CAIN. If thou lov'st blood. Why so? ABEL. as the elder. then.an offering. ABEL.and rather form A sample of thy works. Or. [He gathers fruits. I have chosen. the shepherd's shrine.'tis thy place. Think not upon my offering's acceptance. Behold them hereThe firstlings of the flock. Thou shalt not: . and precede me in Our priesthood . The dead The Immortal . I have no flocks. ABEL [kneeling]. than supplication To look on ours! If a shrine without victim. and seeks nothing Which must be won by kneeling: if he's evil. His! His pleasure! what was his high pleasure in The fumes of scorching flesh and smoking blood. which the unstained turf I spread them on now offers in the face Of the broad sun which ripened them. I pray thee. it may be . we must perform our task togethe r. The more my grief. Where hast thou been? CAIN. Choose for me: they to me are so much turf And stone. and earth. Give Give way! . And in the worship of our God. ABEL. What shall I do? ABEL.such as thou mad'st him. The smoky harbinger of thy dull prayers Thine altar.the Omnipotent The overpowering mysteries of space The innumerable worlds that were and areA whirlwind of such overwhelming things. In his great name. because Thine attributes seem many. as to Accord a pardon like a Paradise. as thou wilt! since all Rests upon thee.I am new to this. Thou art fitter for his worship than I am. if good. And suits thee. whose limbs now reek In sanguinary incense to thy skies. nor fit to judge Omnipotence . God! Who made us. receive them. and may'st For what can he oppose? If he be good. Look on it! and for him who dresseth it. Not being omnipotent. Nor what thou hast seen? CAIN.bowing his own Even to the dust. to shame creation! ABEL.but let it be alone At least. CAIN. Calm! say I? Never Knew I what calm was in the soul. No . without me. to be destroyed in blood. Now prepare Thine offerings. But thee the better: I care not for that. then . What mean'st thou? CAIN. leave me! Or let me leave thee to thy pious purpose. CAIN. and scatters the fruits abroad upon the earth. which Still yearn for their dead offspring? or the pangs Of the sad ignorant victims underneath Thy pious knife? Give way! this bloody record Shall not stand in the sun. Oh. 'tis thine. and must Yield what it yieldeth to my toil . CAIN.its fruit.the Unbounded . when thick with blood! ABEL. give back! thou shall not touch my altar With violence: if that thou wilt adopt it. may seem Good to thee . CAIN. My brother. see How Heaven licks up the flames. ABEL. From earth they came. sacrifice alone Jehovah loves thee well. Jehovah upon earth! and God in heaven! And it may be with other names. pray! Jehovah's wroth with thee. To cast down yon vile flatterer of the clouds. with its blood of lambs and kids. ABEL. No. I should ill Deserve the name of our great father's son. Shown in the exemption of thy deeds from evil. or else That sacrifice may be ABEL. I am a tiller of the ground. hath shed it for thy service In the first of his flock. and who breathed the breath of life Within our nostrils. Two beings here erect them unto thee. In his acceptance of the victims. Not till we have prayed and sacrificed together. and with whom Nothing can err. Spurn me not.] ABEL. Thine eyes are flashing with unnatural light Thy cheek is flushed with an unnatural hue Thy words are frau ght with an unnatural sound What may this mean? CAIN. despite our father's sin. But make another of thine own . Nothing can calm me more. as thy work s: If thou must be propitiated with prayers. Both well. ABEL.as what offering can be Aught unto thee? . as the elder.before It is too late. Which fed on milk. CAIN. 'Tis the highest. which thus far I have endured. as they might have been. ABEL. My Abel. He is . . Brother. leave me. Oh. Spirit whate'er or whose'er thou art. although I have seen the elements stilled. Strike him! thou art omnipotent.well. I know not. Choose one of those two altars. Where are thine? ABEL. CAIN. ABEL [opposing him]. CAIN.but merely to endure Its mandate. Had not thy justice been so tempered with The mercy which is thy delight. Cain! what meanest thou? CAIN.] ABEL [kneeling]. Abel. If. Thy fruits are scattered on the earth. moons.Sole Lord of light! Of good. who hath blessed us. Brother. called not On thee to join me. CAIN.add not impious works to impious Words! let that altar stand . Take them! If thou must be induced with altars. I hope. offer first Thy prayer and thanksgiving with sacrifice. and ascends to heaven. And milder seasons. Abel. may win thy favor. except to some good end Of thine omnipotent benevolence! Inscrutable. To try another sacrifice. And I will follow . as have made me Unfit for mortal converse: leave me. Omnipotent. In itself nothing . it will calm thee.thy God loves blood! .as I may.but yet accept it for The thanksgiving of him who spreads it in The face of thy high heaven . CAIN. and glory. but still to be fulfilled! Accept from out thy humble first of shepherds' First of the first-born flocks .
Thou wert the stronger.I have led him here.] CAIN [solus]. . thou dost him wrong Cain! clear thee from this horrible accusal. Thy natural grief. Jehovah! May the eternal Serpent's curse be on him! For he was fitter for his seed than ours. [Puts his hand to his brow.a dreary dream Had maddened me. I am awake at last .speak. ADAH. Who shall abhor thee. as from a thunder -cloud! yon brand Massy and bloody! snatched from off the altar. I curse him not: his spirit be his curse. since thou Wert present. brother? Doth he sleep? Oh. And I none! . else I am become The native of another and worse world .Oh Death! Death! Why didst thou not take me.My son! . Hear. and sleep shuts down our lids. and red with ADAM. doth it beat? methinks . Ah! a livid light Breaks through. who first incurred thee? Why dost thou not so now? ADAM.] Woman. The earth swims round me: . Cain! and say it was not thou! EVE.] Where am I? alone! Where's A bel? where Cain? Can it be that I am he? My brother.he hath spoken to me since What shall I say to him? .] ADAM. Speak.I am Henceforth alone . and shouldst have stepped in Between him and aggression! Fath er! . I love God far more Than life. so . I heard a heavy sound. on the temples. Yet . What hast thou done .the leaves On which he lays his head to sleep be strewed With scorpions! May his dreams be of his victim! His waking a continual dread of Death! May the clear rivers turn to blood as he Stoops down to stain them with his raging lip! May every element shun or change to him! May he live in the pangs which others die with! And Death itself wax something worse than Death To him who first acquainted him with man! Hence. are apart. Yet one kiss on yon pale clay. what can it be? 'Tis Cain. and with What? [A long pause. behold the Serpent's work. ADAH. Thy murderer. Who. Oh. part not with him thus. for brethren Smite not each other. lead to impiety! A heavy doom was long forespoken to us. till his children do by him As he did by his brother! May the swords And wings of fiery Cherubim pursue him By day and night . If thou lov'st thyself. Come.CAIN. etc. he will wake. that we Are faithful servants to his holy will. and watching by my husband.] And yet there are no dews! 'Tis blood . Through all the coming myriads of mankind. and assure us. my son! Speak. He hath left thee no brother Zillah no husband . before I knew His aspect . A voice of woe from Zillah brings me here What do I see? . Since I have taken life from my own flesh? But he can not be dead! . only stir! Why.speak to me. And only done to daunt me: . mother.No! .else ABEL [opposing him]. Abel! Jehovah! this is punishment beyond A mother's sin. why Wouldst thou oppose me? This is mockery. Since he loves lives.we never must meet more. why then he breathes. Speak.yet . whom I have brought upon the earth To strew it with the dead. for he knew not what He did . Hold! Curse him not.Who makes me brotherless? His eyes are open! then he is not dead! Death is like sleep. which he snatches from the altar].I . Stand back till I have strewed this turf along Its native soil: .why liest thou so long on the green earth? 'Tis not the hour of slumber: . ABEL. for who would shed his blood? Abel! what's this? . then let me watch by him. It was! I see it now .but he shall ne'er awake! [Enter ADAM. but not fatally.My brother! . We will return again. That I may bear to hear my own again! [Enter ZILLAH.stir . EVE.Looking slowly round.my son! [To EVE. Come. Comfort poor Zillah: . ABEL [falls]. As if he would not have asserted his Inexorable claim without my aid.thou breathest! breathe upon me! Oh God! Oh God! ABEL [very faintly]. and ZILLAH. Then may God forgive him! Cain.] ADAM.'twas a blow And but a blow.that's well! . Depart! and leave the dead to me .'Tis true! . like us From Eden. Cain! get thee forth: we dwell no more together.my brother? CAIN. .his heart! Let me see. And yet I feel it not.who abhor The name of Death so deeply. in yon . What's he who speaks of God? CAIN. EVE [pointing to CAIN].my blood My brother's and my own! and shed by me! Then what have I further to do with life. for he is thy son Curse him not. My hand! 'tis all red. Or what hath done this deed? . And my betrothed.] CAIN. God! receive thy servant! and Forgive his slayer. mock me not! I smote Too fiercely. His will! the will of yon Incarnate Spirit Of Death. fratricide! henceforth that word is Cain.me no son! for thus I curse him from my sight for evermore! All bonds I break between us. Zillah! ZILLAH.nay.thou wert full of life this morn! Abel! I pray thee. CAIN [striking him with a brand. mother.what is this? .'tis wet.No. though thou wert their sire! May the grass wither from thy feet! the woods Deny thee shelter! earth a home! the dust A grave! the sun his light! and heaven her God! [Exit EVE.he hangs his guilty head.] ZILLAH. and thine! EVE.give me thy hand. EVE. Cain. and tell Poor Zillah CAIN [after a moment's stupefaction]. May all his days be desolate! May ADAH. And covers his ferocious eye with hands Incarnadine! ADAH. Mother. He breathes not: and his hands drop down from mine With stony lifelessness! Ah! cruel Cain! Why camest thou not in time to save him from This violence? Whatever hath assailed him.come hither! Death is in the world! [Exit ZILLAH. too. when he is gone Who hath provided for us this dread office. Oh! speak not of it now: the Serpent's fangs Are in my heart! My best beloved.no! This is a vision. That we are not more miserable still. Oh. And who hath brought him there? . calling on her Parents. for his is my brother. ADAH. EVE.why so pale? What hast thou! .No: He will not answer to that name. .His heart! . to take him from me! ADAM. What Dost thou there. give me . Eve! let not this. [ABEL dies. Brother! ABEL. Life cannot be so slight. I must watch my husband's corse. and given My brother to his cold and still embrace. Zillah! ZILLAH. and then looks at it. Awake! . and yon stream? .Is silence death? No. was it some more hostile angel. that the thought Empoisoned all my life. Stir . Ah. Oh! for a word more of that gentle voice.[1'9] ADAM. His lips.she has but one brother Now. let it be borne In such sort as may s how our God. no! It is not blood.who hath done this? He moves not.Cain. And black with smoke. Then take thy life unto thy God.Eve! Adah! . Which grief wrings from our parent. Who walks not with Jehovah? or some wild Brute of the forest? EVE. Heaven! What means this paleness. as to be quenched Thus quickly! . May all the curses Of life be on him! and his agonies Drive him forth o'er the wilderness. And now that it begins. wretched as we are. . as he broke That of his nature.snakes spring up in his path Earth's fruits be ashes in his mouth . my father: do not Add thy deep curse to Eve's upon his head! ADAM.
But it shall not be so . 6 Thomas Warburton. To me . all have left thee. Even from the ground. Behold thou drivest him from the face of earth. is done. will be Jesus. ANGEL. ADAM. Think'st thou my boy will bear to look on me? ADAH. Now. 5 The quotation is from Sir Walter Scott's Waverly (1814).my heart! my heart! [Exeunt ADAM and ZILLAH weeping. 17 Both blood-red and of the flesh. Uniting with our children Abel's offspring! 0 Abel! ADAH.Farewell! I must not. 10 Willingly. CAIN. earth! For all the fruits thou hast rendered to me. It burns My brow. CAIN. Eastward from Eden will we take our way. surrounded 13 That One. Go forth! fulfil thy days! and be thy deeds Unlike the last! [The ANGEL disappears.Nay. Cain! what hast thou done? The voice of thy slain brother's blood cries out. 9 Prayers. Ah! little knows he what he weeps for! And I who have shed blood cannot shed tears! But the four rivers  would not cleanse my soul. nor even dare To do that for thee. Leave me! ADAH. 3 Solomon Gesner's "Death of Abel (trans. I fear Nothing except to leave thee. and suits my steps. Has been thy lot! Of all who mourn for thee. Which might have graced his recent marriage couch. and not to shed them. nor say That this poor aching breast now nourishes A murderer in my boy. A dreary. and Bishop of Llandaff in 1782. 15 Judge or conclude. I must not speak of this . A VOICE from within exclaims. If I thought that he would not. 19 Corpse. Did not the milk of Eve give nutriment To him thou now seest so besmeared with blood? The fratricide might well engender paricides. Would they could! but who are they Shall slay me? Where are these on the lone earth As yet unpeopled? ANGEL. Cain! thou hast heard. This punishment is more than he can bear. Regius Professor of Divinity in 1771. And wherefore lingerest thou? Dost thou not fear To dwell with one who hath done this? ADAH. so that he may go forth in safety. CAIN. CAIN. I will not leave thee lonely with the dead Let us depart together. unto the Lord! . 2 The allusion is to Paradise Lost (1667). But who bath dug that grave? Oh. It must not be. it shall not Yield thee her strength. I. To mark upon thy brow Exemption from such deeds as thou hast done. Thou hast slain thy brother. My office is Henceforth to dry up tears. It soundeth like an angel's tone. CAIN. In fondness brotherly and boyish. Stern hast thou been and stubborn from the womb. who sprung from the same womb with thee. but him who slew thee. Lead! thou shalt be my guide. and my sire still mourned for Eden. drained The same breast clasped thee often to my own. Come hither! CAIN. earth! Oh. CAIN. Cain! Cain! ADAH.And those lips once so warm . Where is thy brother Abel? CAIN.] ADAH. just below the Seraphs.Now art thou Cursed from the earth. but he Thou slew'st was gentle as the flocks he tended. But yet of all who mourn. I alone must not weep. nor walk the wilderness Under the cloud of night. Peace be with him! CAIN.compose thy limbs into their grave The first grave yet dug for mortality. of course. 'Twill come to pass. He's gone.] ADAH. I Can never meet thee more. which opened late her mouth To drink thy brother's blood from thy rash hand. No more of threats: we have had too many of them: Go to our children . I will bear Enoch. but nought to that which is within it! Is there more? let me meet it as I may. let me die! ANGEL. I hear our little Enoch cry within Our bower. 14 Punished. No. a fugitive shalt thou Be from this day. 8 See Opere Inediti (1804) by Vittorio Alfieri ( 1749-1803). I would CAIN [interrupting her]. when thou shalt till the ground.] ANGEL. ADAH. and an early doom. I Give thee back this. I am. No. The Divine Legation of Moses Demonstrated on the Principles of a Religious Deast (1741).it is between thee And the great God. and may our God Be thine! Now let us carry forth our children. Who shall heal murder? what is done. held that the world is governed by two competing deities: a god of darkness who made the body and a god of light who was responsible for the soul.Now for the wilderness! [ADAH stoops down and kisses the body of ABEL. And from the face of God shall he be hid. none mourn like me. heaven and hell all take on such Manichean aspects in Cain. And I lie ghastly! so shall be restored By God the life to him he loved. by Mary Collyer) was published in 1791. 20 Four rivers were said to encircle Eden. nor did I make myself but could I With my own death redeem him from the dust And why not so? let him return today. much as I Shrink from the deed which leaves thee brotherless. 7 Cuvier's studies of fossilized bones were being published in France at about the same time that Byron was writing Cain. ANGEL. CAIN. and of his father. nor his own soul. God and Lucifer. I think thou wilt forgive him. [Enter the ANGEL of the Lord. Cain! I will divide thy burden with thee. And might have tempered this stern blood of mine. and vagabond on earth! ADAH.thine own. Ere the sun declines Let us depart. Henceforth. Then he would but be what his father is. [The ANGEL sets the mark on CAIN 's brow. And you his sister. 'Tis the most desolate. and taken From me a being I ne'er loved to bear. . 18 Passed swiftly through. Am I then My brother's keeper? ANGEL. A fugitive and vagabond on earth. . Angel of Light! be merciful. Why. Who slayeth Cain. 16 These two Principles may be an insta nce of the Manicheism that Byron confessed to putting in the poem: light and dark. good and evil. ANGEL.] 1822] NOTES 1 Richard Watson (1737-1816) was appointed Moderator of the Schools in 1762. That which I am. And who shall warrant thee against thy son? ADAH. Oh! thou dead And everlasting witness! whose unsinking Blood darkens earth and heaven! what thou now art I know not! but if thou seest what I am. speak to me. . I did not seek For life. whom his God Can ne'er forgive. let us go forth. dare not touch what I have made thee. Ere yet my mother's mind subsided from The Serpent.D. CAIN.] ADAH. After the fall too soon was I begotten. And he who lieth there was childless! I Have dried the fountain of a gentle race. a sevenfold vengeance shall Be taken on his head.] CAIN. that whoso findeth him Shall slay him. 4 The Manicheans in the third century A. So shall our children be.I will follow thee. But with me![Exeunt. . What Wouldst thou with me? ANGEL. Not only for thyself. we must go forth. which thou shouldst have done For me .the Lord thy God And mine commandeth me to set his seal On Cain. 12 Girdled. my brother. I am ready. Cain! Cain! ADAH. Hear'st thou that voice? THE VOICE WITHIN. As the ground thou must henceforth till. CAIN. 11 The Cherubs are members of the second order of angels.
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