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