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