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To the most gross and petty paltry wants,
Thou canst not
Lucifer. I am angelic: wouldst thou be as I am ?
Cain. I know not what thou art : I see thy power,
What are they which dwell
And what art thou who dwellest
So haughtily in spirit, and canst range
I seem that which I am;
Thou hast said, I must be 90
Lucifer. Thou didst before I came upon thee.
And must torture be immortal ?
Oh, thou beautiful
Lucifer. Art thou not nearer ? Look back to thine
Yet it sparkles still.
And wilt thou tell me so ? Why, I have seen the fire-flies and fire-worms Sprinkle the dusky groves and the green banks In the dim twilight, brighter than yon world Which bears them,
Lucifer. Thou hast seen both worms and worlds,
Cain. That they are beautiful in their own sphere,
But by whom or what?
Dar'st thou behold ?
How know I what I dare behold? As yet thou hast shown nought I dare not gaze on further. Lucifer
On, then, with me.
Cain. Why, what are things ?
Both partly ; but what doth
The things I see.
The things I have not seen,
Lucifer. What, if I show to thee things which have
Cain. Do so.
from us !
'Tis now beyond thee,
Cain. Where dost thou lead me?
To what was before thee
What! is it not then new ? Lucifer. No more than life is; and that was ere thou Or I were, or the things which seem to us Greater than either : many things will have No end; and some, which would pretend to have Had no beginning, have had one as mean As thou; and mightier things have been extinct
Cain. Clay, spirit! what thou wilt, I can survey.
But the lights fade from me fast,
And such they are.
Cain. And Edens in them?
It may be.
And men ?
Ay! and serpents too ? Lucifer. Wouldst thou have men without them? must
no reptiles Breathe save the erect ones? Cain.
How the lights recede ! Where fly we ?
Lucifer. To the world of phantoms, which
Cain. But it grows dark, and dark—the stars are gone!
'Tis a fearful light !
180 Fades to a dreary twilight, yet I see Huge dusky masses: but unlike the worlds We were approaching, which, begirt with light, Seem'd full of life even when their atmosphere Of light gave way, and show'd them taking shapes Unequal, of deep valleys and vast mountains ; And some emitting sparks, and some displaying Enormous liquid plains, and some begirt With luminous belts, and floating moons, which took, Like them, the features of fair earth :-instead,
190 All here seems dark and dreadful. Lucifer.
Cain. I seek it not: but as I know there are