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and me,

Cain. Why, what are things?

Cain. But it grows dark, and dark- the Lucifer. Both partly: but what doth

stars are gone! Sit next thy heart ?

Lucifer. And yet thon seest. Cain. The things I see.

Cain. 'Tis a fcarful light! Lucifer. But what

No sun, no moon, no lights innumerable. Sate nearest it?

The very blue of the empurpled night Cain. The things I have not seen, Fades to a dreary twilight, yet I see Nor ever shall-the mysteries of death. Huge dusky masses; but unlike the worlds Lucifer. What, if I show to thee things We were approaching, which, begirt with which have died,

light, As I have shown thee much which cannot die? Seem'd full of life even when their atmoCain. Do so.

sphere Lucifer. Away, then! on our mighty wings. Of light gave way, and show'd them taking Cain. Oh! how we cleave the blue! The

shapes stars fade from us!

Unequal, of deep valleys and vast mountains; The earth! where is my earth ? let me look And some emitting sparks, and some dison it,

playing For I was made of it.

Enormous liquid plains, and some begirt Lucifer. 'Tis now beyond thee,

With luminous belts, and floating moons, Less in the universe, than thou in it:

which took Yet deem not that thou canst escape it; thou Like them the features of fair earth :Shalt soon return to earth, and all its dust;

instead, 'Tis part of thy eternity, and mine.

All here seems dark and dreadful. Cain, Where dost thou lead me ?

Lucifer. But distinct. Lucifer. To what was before thee! Thou seekest to behold death, and dead The phantasm of the world; of which thy things? world

Cain. I seek it not; but as I know there are Is but the wreck.

Such, and that my sire's sin makes him Cain. What! is it not then new ? Lucifer. No more than life is: and that And all that we inherit, liable was ere thou

To such, I would behold at once, what I Or I were, or the things which seem to us Must one day see perforce. Greater than either: many things will have Lucifer. Behold! No end; and some, which would pretend Cain. 'Tis darkness. to have

Lucifer. And so it shall be ever; but Had no beginning, have had one as mean

we will As thou; and mightier things have been Unfold its gates ! extinct

Cain. Enormons vapours roll To make way for much meaner than we can Apart- what's this? Surmise; for moments only and the space Lucifer. Enter! Have been and must be all unchangeable. Cain. Can I return? But changes make not death, except to clay; Lucifer. Return! be sure : how else But thou art clay- and canst but comprehend should death be peopled? That which was clay, and such thou shalt Its present realm is thin to what it will be, behold.

Through thee and thine. Cain, Clay, spirit! What thou wilt, I Cain. The clouds still open wide can survey

And wider, and make widening circles Lucifer. Away, then!

round us. Cain. But the lights fade from me fast, Lucifer. Advance ! And some till now grew larger as we Cain. And thou! approach'd,

Lucifer. Fear not-without me thou And wore the look of worlds.

Couldst not have gone beyond thy world. Lucifer. And such they are.

On! on! Cain. And Edens in them?

[They disappear through the clouds. Lucifer. It may be. Cain. And men ?

SCENE II.- Hades. Lucifer. Yea, or things higher.

Enter LUCIFER and CAIN. Cain. Ay? and serpents too? Lucifer. Wouldst thou have men without Cain. How silent and how vast are these them? must no reptiles

dim worlds! Breathe, save the erect ones?

For they seem more than one, and yet more Cain. How the lights recede!

peopled Where fly we?

Than the huge brilliant luminous orbs Lucifer. To the world of phantoms, which Are beings past, and shadows still to come. So thickly in the upper air, that I

which swung

dwell on,

Had deem'd them rather the bright populace | If not the last, rose higher than the first; Of some all unimaginable Heaven Haughty, and high, and beautiful, and full Than things to be inhabited themselves, Of seeming strength, but of inexplicable But that on drawing near them I beheld Shape; for I never saw such. They bear not Their swelling into palpable immensity The wing of seraph, nor the face of man, Of matter, which seem'd made for life to Nor form of mightiest brute, nor aught

that is Rather than life itself. But here, all is Now breathing; mighty yet and beautiful So shadowy and so full of twilight, that As the most beautiful and mighty which It speaks of a day past.

Live, and yet so unlike them, that I scarce Lucifer. It is the realm

Can call them living. of death. - Wouldst have it present ? Lucifer. Yet they lived. Cain. Till I know

Cain. Where? That which it really is, I cannot answer. Lucifer. Where But if it be as I have heard my father Thou livest. Deal out in his long homilies, 'tis a thing- Cain. When? Oh God! I dare not think on't! Cursed be Lucifer. On what thou callest earth He who invented life that leads to death! They did inhabit. Or the dull mass of life, that being life Cain. Adam is the first. Could not retain, but needs must forfeit it- Lucifer. Of thine, I grant thee-but too Even for the innocent!

mean to be
Lucifer. Dost thou curse thy father? The last of these.
Cain. Cursed he not me in giving me my Cain. And what are they?
birth ?

Lucifer. That which
Cursed he not me before my birth, in daring Thou shalt be.
To pluck the fruit forbidden ?

Cain. But what were they ?
Lucifer. Thou sayst well :

Lucifer. Living, high, The curse is mutual'twixt thy sire and thee - Intelligent, good, great, and glorious things, But for thy sons and brother!

As much superior unto all thy sire, Cain. Let them share it

Adam, could e'er have been in Eden, as With me, their sire and brother! What else is The sixty-thousandth generation shall be, Bequeath'd to me? I leave them my inher- In its dull damp degeneracy, to itance.

Thee and thy son;-and how weak they are, Oh ye interminable gloomy realms

judge Of swimming shadows and enormous shapes, By thy own flesh. Some fully shown, some indistinct, and all Cain. Ah me! and did they perish? Mighty and melancholy -- what are ye? Lucifer. Yes, from their earth, as thon Live ye, or have ye lived ?

wilt fade from thine. Lucifer. Somewhat of both.

Cain. But was mine theirs ? Cain. Then what is death?

Lucifer. It was. Lucifer. What? Hath not he who made ye Cain. But not as now. Said 'tis another life?

It is too little and too lowly to Cain. Till now he hath

Sustain such creatures.
Said nothing, save that all shall die. Lucifer, True, it was more glorious.
Lucifer. Perhaps

Cain. And wherefore did it fall ?
He one day will unfold that further secret. Lucifer. Ask him who fells.
Cain. Happy the day!

Cain. But how?
Lucifer. Yes, happy! when unfolded Lucifer. By a most crushing and inex-
Through agonies unspeakable, and cloggd orable
With agonies eternal, to innumerable Destruction and disorder of the elements,
Yet unborn myriads of unconscious atoms, Which struck a world to chaos, as a chaos
All to be animated for this only!

Subsiding has struck out a world: such Cain. What are these mighty phantoms things, which I see

Though rare in time, are frequent in eterFloating around me? - they wear not the nity.-form

Pass on, and gaze upon the past. Of the intelligences I have seen

Cain. 'Tis awful! Round our regretted and unenter'd Eden, Lucifer. And true. Behold these phantoms! Nor wear the form of man as I have view'd it

they were once In Adam's, and in Abel's, and in mine, Material as thou art.

sister-bride's,nor in my children's: Cain. And must I be And yet they have an aspect, which, though Like them ?


Lucifer. Let Him who made thee answer of men nor angels, looks like something,

that. which,

I show thee what thy predecessors are,

Norin my

And what they were thou feelest, in degree Roar nightly in the forest, but ten-fold Inferior, as thy petty feelings and

In magnitude and terror; taller than Thy pettier portion of the immortal part The cherub-guarded walls of Eden, with of high intelligence and earthly strength. Eyes flashing like the fiery swords which What ye in common have with what they had fence them, Is life, and what ye shall have-death; the And tusks projecting like the trees stripp'd of rest

Their bark and branches - what were they? Of your poor attributes is such as suits Lucifer. That which Reptiles engender'd out of the subsiding The Mammoth is in thy world ; but these lie Slime of a mighty universe, crush'd into By myriads underneath its surface. A scarcely-yet

shaped planet, peopled with Cain. But Things whose enjoyment was to be in None on it? blindness

Lucifer. No: for thy frail race to war A Paradise of Ignorance, from which With them would render the curse on it Knowledge was barr'd as poison. But behold

uselessWhat these superior beings are or were ; 'Twould be destroy'd so early. Or, if it irk thee, turn thee back and till Cain. But why war? The earth, thy task-I'll waft thee there Lucifer. You have forgotten the denunin safety

ciation Cain. No: I'll stay here.

Which drove your race from Eden -- war Lucifer. How long ?

with all things, Cain. For ever! Since

And death to all things, and disease to most I must one day return here from the earth, things, I rather would remain; I am sick of all And pangs, and bitterness; these were the That dust has shown me, let me dwell i:.

fruits shadows.

Of the forbidden tree. Lucifer. It cannot be: thou now behold- Cain. But animalsest as

Did they too eat of it, that they must die? A vision that which is reality.

Lucifer. Your Maker told ye, they were To make thyself fit for this dwelling, thou

made for you, Must pass through what the things thou As you for him.—You would not have their seest have pass'd

doom The gates of death.

Superior to your own? Had Adam not Cain. By what gate have we enter'd Fallen, all had stood. Even now?

Cain. Alas! the hopeless wretches! Lucifer. By mine! But, plighted to return, They tvo must share my sire's fatc, like My spirit buoys thee up to breathe in regions

his sons ; Where all is breathless save thyself. Gaze on; Like them, too, without having shared the But do not think to dwell here till thine apple; hour

Like them, too, without the so dear-bought ls come.

knowledge! Cain. And these,too; can they ne'er repass It was a lying tree-for we know nothing. To earth again?

At least it promised knowledge at the price Lucifer. Their earth is gone for ever- of death- but knowledge still: but what So changed by its convulsion, they would not knows man ? Be conscious to a single present spot Lucifer. It may be death leads to the Of its new scarcely harden'd surface_'twas – highest knowledge ; Oh, what a beautiful world it was! And being of all things the sole thing Cain. And is.

certain, It is not with the earth, though I must till it, At least leads to the surest science : therefore I feel at war, but that I may not profit The tree was true, though deadly. By what it bears of beautiful untoiling, Cain. These dim realms! Nor gratify my thousand swelling thoughts I see them, but I know them not. With knowledge, nor allay my thousand Lucifer. Because fears

Thy hour is yet afar, and matter cannot Of death and life.

Comprehend spirit wholly-but 'tis someLucifer. What thy world is thou seest, thing But canst not comprehend the shadow of To know there are such realms. That which it was.

Cain. We knew already Cain. And those enormous creatures, That there was death. Phantoms inferior in intelligence

Lucifer. But not what was beyond it. (At least so seeming) to the things we have Cain. Nor know I now. pass d,

Lucifer. Thou knowst that there is Resembling somewhat the wild habitants A state, and many states beyond thine ownOf the deep woods of earth, the hugest which i And this thou knewest not this morn.


Cain. But all

Thy world and thou are still too young! Seems dim and shadowy.

Thou thinkest Lucifer. Be content; it will

Thyself most wicked and unhappy: is it Seem clearer to thine immortality.

Not so? Cain. And yon immeasurable liquid space Cain. For crime I know not; but for pain, Of glorious azure which floats on beyond us, I have felt much. Which looks like water, and which I should Lucifer. First-born the first man ! deem

Thy present state of sin- and thou art evil, The river which flows out of Paradise Of sorrow- and thou sufferest, are both Eden Past my own dwelling, but that it is bankless In all its innocence compared to what And boundless and of an ethereal hue- Thou shortly mayst be; and that state What is it?

Lucifer. There is still some such on earth, In its redoubled wretchedness, a Paradise
Although inferior, and thy children shall To what thy sons' sons' sons, accumulating
Dwell near it-'tis the fantasm of an ocean. In generations like to dust (which they
Cain. 'Tis like another world; a liquid In fact but add to), shall endure and do.-

Now let us back to earth!
And those inordinate creatures sporting o'er Cain. And wherefore didst thou
Its shining surface?

Lead me here only to inform me this?
Lucifer. Are its habitants,

Lucifer. Was not thy quest for knowledge? The past leviathans.

Cain. Yes: as being Cain. And yon immense

The road to happiness. Serpent, which rears his dripping mane and Lucifer. If truth be so, vasty

Thou hast it. Head ten times higher than the haughtiest Cain. Then my father's God did well cedar

When he prohibited the fatal tree. Forth from the abyss, looking as he could Lucifer. But had done better in not coil

planting it. Himselfaround the orbs we lately look'd on- But ignorance of evil doth not save Is he not of the kind which bask'd beneath From evil; it must still roll on the same, The tree in Eden ?

A part of all things. Lucifer. Eve, thy mother, best

Cain. Not of all things. No: Can tell what shape of serpent tempted her. I'll not believe it-for I thirst for good. Cain. This seems too terrible. No doubt Lucifer. And who and what doth not? the other

Who covets evil Had more of beauty.

Forits own bitter sake? _None_nothing ! 'tis Lucifer. Hast thou ne'er beheld him? The leaven of all life and lifelessness. Cain. Many of the same kind (at least Cain. Within those glorious orbs which 80 cali'd'),

we behold But never that precisely which persuaded Distant and dazzling, and innumerable, The fatal fruit, nor even of the same Ere we came down into this phantom-realm, aspect.

Il cannot come; they are too beautiful. Lucifer. Your father saw him not? Lucifer. Thou hast seen them from afar. Cain. No: 'twas my mother

Cain. And what of that? Who tempted him-she tempted by the Distance can but diminish glory- they serpent.

When nearer must be more ineffable. Lucifer. Good man! whene'er thy wife, Lucifer. Approach the things of earth or thy sons' wives

most beautiful, Tempt thee or them to aught that's new or And judge their beauty near. strange,

Cain. I have done thisBe sure thou seest first who hath tempted the loveliest thing I know is loveliest them.

nearest. Cain. Thy precept comes too late: there Lucifer. Then there must be no more

What is that, For serpents to tempt woman to.

Which being nearest to thine eyes is still Lucifer. But there

More beautiful than beauteous things reAre some things still which woman may

mote? tempt man to,

Cain. My sister Adah.—All the stars of And man tempt woman:-let thy sons look

heaven, to it!

The deep blue noon of night, lit by an orb My counsel is a kind one; for 'tis even Which looks a spirit, or a spirit's worldGiven chiefly at my own expense: 'tis trne, The hues of twilight--the sun's gorgeous Twill not be follow'd, so there's little lost.

comingCain. I understand not this.

His setting indescribable, which fills Lucifer. The happier thou!

My eyes with pleasant tears as I behold


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Him sink, and feel my heart float softly Cain. Most assuredly:
with him

What should I be without her?
Along that western paradise of clouds — Lucifer. What am I?
The forest-shade-the green bough-the Cain. Dost thou love nothing?
bird's voice-

Lucifer. What does thy God love? The vesper bird's, which seems to sing of love, Cain. All things, my father says; but And mingles with the song of cherubim,

I confess As the day closes over Eden's walls;- I see it not in their allotment here. All these are nothing to my eyes and heart, Lucifer. And therefore thou canst not Like Adah's face: I turn from earth and

see if I love heaven

Orno, except some vast and general purpose, To gaze on it.

To which particular things must melt like Lucifer. 'T'is frail as fair niortality, In the first dawn and bloom of young creation Cain. Snows! what are they? And earliest embraces of earth's parents, Lucifer. Be happier in not knowing Can make its offspring; still it is delusion. What thy remoter offspring must encounter;

Cain. You think so, being not her brother. But bask beneath the clime which knows no Lucifer. Mortal!

winter! My brotherhood's with those who have no Cain. But dost thou not love something children.

like thyself? Cain. Then thou canst have no fellow- Lucifer. And dost thou love thyself? ship with us.

Cain. Yes, but love more Lucifer. It may be that thine own shall What makes my feelings more endurable, be for me.

And is more than myself, because I love it. But if thou dost possess a beautiful Lucifer. Thou lovest it, because 'tis Being beyond all beauty in thine eyes,

beautiful Why art thou wretched?

As was the apple in thy mother's eye; Cain. Why do I exist ?

And when it ceases to be so, thy love Why art thou wretched ? why are all Will cease, like any other appetite. things so ?

Cain. Cease to be beautiful! how can Even he who made us must be as the maker

that be? Of things unhappy! To produce destruction Lucifer. With time. Can surely never be the task of joy,

Cain. But time has past, and hitherto And yet my sire says he's omnipotent: Even Adam and my mother both are fair: Then why is evil-he being good? I ask'd Not fair like Adah and the seraphimThis question of my father; and he said, But very fair. Because this evil only was the path Lucifer. All that must pass away To good. Strange good, that must arise In them and her. from out

Cain, I'm sorry for it; but Its deadly opposite. I lately saw

Cannot conceive my love for her the less. A lamb stung by a reptile: the poor suckling And when her beauty disappears, methinks Lay foaming on the earth, beneath the vain He who creates all beauty will lose more And piteous bleating of its restless dam: Than I in seeing perish such a work. My father pluck'd some herbs, and laid Lucifer. I pity thee who lovest what them to

must perish. The wound; and by degrees the helpless Cain. And I thee who lov’st nothing. wretch

Lucifer. And thy brotherResumed its careless life, and rose to drain Sits he not near thy heart? The mother's milk, who o'er it tremulous Cain, Why should he not? Stood licking its reviving limbs with joy. Lucifer. Thy father loves him well-80 Behold, my son! said Adam, how from evil Springs good!

Cain. And so do I. Lucifer. What didst thou answer ? Lucifer. 'Tis well and meekly done. Cain. Nothing; for

Cain. Meekly! He is my father: but I thought, that 'twere Lucifer. He is the second-born of flesh, A better portion for the animal

And is his mother's favourite. Never to have been stung at all, than to Cain. Let him keep Purchase renewal of its little life

Her favour, since the serpent was the first With agonies unutterable, though

To win it. Dispellid by antidotes.

Lucifer. And his father's ? Lucifer. But as thou saidst

Cain. What is that Of all beloved things thou lovest her To me? should I not love that which all Who shared thy mother's milk, and giveth

love? hers Unto thy children


Lucifedoes thy God.


Lucifer.. and the Jehovah-the indulgent

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