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