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Lucifer. Perhaps--but long outlive both Lucifer. Ne'er the less, thine 'and thee.
Thou art my worshipper: not worshipping Cain. I'm glad of that; I would not have Him makes thee mine the same. them die,
Cain. And what is that? They are so lovely. What is death? I fear, Lucifer. Thou'lt know here-and here I feel, it is a dreadful thing ; but what,
after. I cannot compass: 'tis denounced against us, Cain. vet me but Both them who sinn'd and sinn'd not, as Be taught the mystery of my being. an ill
Lucifer. Follow What ill?
Where I will lead thee. Lucifer. To be resolved into the earth. Cain. But I must retire Cain. But shall I know it?
To till the earth--for I had promised Lucifer. As I know not death,
Lucifer. What? I cannot answer.
Cain. To cull some first fruits. Cain. Were I quiet earth,
Lucifer. Why? That were no evil: would I ne'er had been Cain. To offer up Aught else but dust!
With Abel on an altar. Lucifer. That is a grov'ling wish, Lucifer. Saidst thou not Less than thy father's, for he wish'd to Thou ne'er hadst bent to him who made know.
thee? Cain. But not to live, or wherefore Cain. Yes, pluck'd he not
But Abel's earnest prayer has wrought The life-tree?
upon me; Lucifer. He was hinder'd.
The offering is more his than mine - and Cain. Deadly error!
AdahNot to snatch first that fruit:- but ere he Lucifer. Why dost thou hesitate ? pluck'd
Cain. She is my sister, The knowledge, he was ignorant of death. Born on the same day,of the same womb; and Alas! I scarcely now know what it is, She wrung from me, with tears, this proAnd yet I fear it-fear I know not what!
mise; and Lucifer. And I, who know all things, Rather than see her weep, I would, methinka, fear nothing: see
Bear all and-worship augbt. What is true knowledge:
Lucifer. Then follow me!
Cain. I will.
Adah. My brother, I have come for thee; Thou dost fall down and worship me-thy It is our hour of rest and joy-and we Lord.
Have less without thee. Thou hast labour'd Cain. Thou art not the Lord
This morn; but I have done thy task: the Lucifer. No.
fruits Cain. His equal ?
Are ripe, and glowing as the light which Lucifer. No;- I have nought in com
ripens : mon with him! Nor would: I would be aught above- Cain. Seest thou not? beneath
Adah. I see an angel;
The angels we have seen.
But he is welcome, as they were; they As yet have bow'd unto my father's God,
deign'd Although my brother Abel oft implores To be our guests—will
he? That I would join with him in sacrifice:- Cain. (to Lucifer.) Wilt thou ? Why should I bow to thee?
Lucifer. I ask Lucifer. Hast thou ne'er bow'd
Thee to be mine.
Cain. I must away with him.
Adah. And me? Lucifer. He who bows not to him has Cain. Beloved Adah ! bow'd to me!
Adah. Let me go with thee. Cain. But I will bend to neither.
Lucifer. No, she must not.
Adah. Omnipotence Art thou that steppest between heart and Must be all goodness. heart?
Lucifer. Was it so in Eden? Cain. He is a god.
Adah. Fiend! tempt me not with beauty; Adah. How knowst thou ?
thou art fairer Cain. He speaks like
Than was the serpent, and as false. A god.
Lucifer. As true. Adah. So did the serpent, and it lied. Ask Eve, your mother; bears she not the Lucifer. Thou errest, Adah !was not knowledge the tree that
Of good and evil ? Of knowledge ?
Adah. Oh, my mother! thou Adah. Ay-to our eternal sorrow. Hast pluck'd a fruit more fatal to thino Lucifer. And yet that grief is know- offspring ledge—so he lied not:
Than to thyself; thou at the least hast past And if he did betray you, 'twas with truth; Thy youth in Paradise, in innocent
1 And truth in its own essence cannot be And happy intercourse with happy spirits ; But good.
But we, thy children, ignorant of Eden, Adah. But all we know of it has gather'd Are girt about by demons, who assume Evil on ill: expulsion from our home, The words of God, and tempt us with our own And dread,and toil, and sweat, and heaviness; Dissatisfied and curious thoughtsmas thou Remorse of that which was, and hope of that Wert work'd on by the snake, in thy most Which cometh not. Cain! walk not with
flush'd this spirit.
And heedless, harmless wantonness of bliss. Bear with what we have borne,and love me_1 I cannot answer this immortal thing Love thee.
Which stands before me; I cannot abhor him; Lucifer. More than thy mother and thy I look upon him with a pleasing fear, sire ?
And yet I fly not from him: in his eye Adah. I do. Is that a sin, too ? There is a fastening attraction which Lucifer. No, not yet ;
Fixes my fluttering eyes on his; my heart It one day will be in your children. Beats quick; he awes me, and yet draws
Adah. What! Must not my daughter love her brother Nearer and nearer: Cain-Cain-save me Enoch?
from him ! Lucifer. Not as thou lovest Cain! Cain. What dreads my Adah? This is Adah. Oh, my God!
no ill spirit. Shall they not love and bring forth things Adah. He is no God - nor God's; I have that love
beheld Out of their love ? have they not drawn The cherubs and the seraphs; he looks not their milk
Like them. Out of this bosom? was not he, their father, Cain. But there are spirits loftier still — Born of the same sole womb, in the same hour The archangels. With me? did we not love each other? and, Lucifer. And still loftier than the archIn multiplying our being, multiply
angels. Things which will love each other as we love Adah. Ay—but not blessed. Them?—And as I love thee, my Cain! go not Lucifer. If the blessedness Forth with this spirit; he is not of ours. Consists in slavery-no. Lucifer. The sin 1 speak of is not of my Adah. I have heard it said, making,
The seraphs love most -- cherubim know And cannot be a sin in you—whate'er
mostIt seem in those who will replace ye in And this should be a cherub - since he Mortality.
loves not. Adah. What is the sin which is not Lucifer. And if the higher knowledge Sin in itself? Can circumstance make sin
quenches love, Or virtue?- if it doth, we are the slaves What must he be you cannot love when Of
known? Lucifer. Higher things than ye are Since the all-knowing cherubim love least, slaves : and higher
The seraphs' love can be but ignorance : Than them or ye would be so, did they not That they are not.compatible, the doom Prefer an independency of torture
Of thy fond parents, for their daring, proves. To the smooth agonies of adulation Choose betwixt love and knowledge--since In hymns and harpings, and self-seeking
there is prayers
No other choice: your sire hath chosen To that which is omnipotent, because
already; It is omnipotent, and not from love, His worship is but fear. But terror and self-hope.
Adah. Oh, Cain! choose love.
Cain. For thee, my Adah, I choose not- Lucifer. Yet thy God is alone; and is it was
he happy? Born with me -- but I love nought else. Lonely and good ? Adah. Our parents ?
Adah. He is not so; he hath Cain. Did they love us when they The angels and the mortals to make happy, snatch'd from the tree
And thus becomes so in diffusing joy: That which hath driven us all from What else can joy be but the spreading joy? Paradise ?
Lucifer. Ask of your sire, the exile fresh Adah. We were not born then- and if
from Eden; we had been,
Or of his first-born son; ask your own heart; Should we not love them and our children, It is not tranquil. Cain?
Adah. Alas! no; and youCain. My littleEnoch!and his lisping sister! Are you of heaven? Could I but deem them happy, I would half Lucifer. If I am not, inquire Forget-but it can never be forgotten The cause of this all-spreading happiness, Through thrice a thousand generations! (Which you proclaim) of the all-great and
good Shall men love the remembrance of the man Maker of life and living things; it is Who sow'd the seed of evil and mankind His secret, and he keeps it. We must bear, In the same hour! They pluck'd the tree And some of us resist, and both in vain, of science
His seraphs say; but it is worth the trial, And sin-and not content with their own Since better may not be without: there is sorrow,
A wisdom in the spirit, which directs Begot me -- thee-and all the few that are, To right, as in the dim blue air the eye And all the unnumber'd and innumerable of you, young morials, lights at once upon Multitudes,millions,myriads, which may be, The star which watches, welcoming the To inherit agonies accumulated By ages!-And I must be sire of such things! Adah. It is a beautiful star; I love it for Thy beauty and thy love - my love and joy, Its beauty. The rapturous moment and the placid hour, Lucifer. And why not adore ? All we love in our children and each other, Adah. Our father But lead them and ourselves through many Adores the Invisible only. years
Luifer. But the symbols Of sin and pain- or few, but still of sorrow of the Invisible are the loveliest Intercheck’dwith an instant of brief pleasure, of what is visible; and yon bright star To Death—the unknown! Methinks the tree is leader of the host of heaven. of knowledge
Adah. Our father Hath not fulfill'd its promise:-If they sinn'd, Saith that he has beheld the God himself At least they ought to have known all who made him and our mother. things that are
Lucifer. Hast thou seen him ? Of knowledge- and the mystery of death. Adah. Yes - in his works. What do they know? — that they are mi- Lucifer. But in his being ? serable.
Adah. NoWhat need of snakes and fruits to teach Save in my father, who is God's own image; us that?
Or in his angels, who are like to thee-Adah. I am not wretched, Cain, and if thou And brighter, yet less beautiful and powerful Wert happy
In seeming; as the silent sunny noon, Cain. Be thou happy then alone - All light they look upon us; but thou I will have nought to do with happiness,
seemst Which humbles me and mine.
Like an ethereal night, where long white Adah. Alone I could not,
clouds Norwould be happy:but with those around us, Streak the deep pnrple,and unnumber'd stars I think I could be so, despite of death, Spangle the wonderful mysterious vault Which, as I know it not, I dread not, though With things that look as if they would be It seems an awful shadow, if I may
suns; Judge from what I have heard.
So beautiful, unnumber'd, and endearing, Lucifer. And thou couldst not
Not dazzling, and yet drawing us to them, Alone, thou sayst, be happy ?
They fill my eyes with tears, and so dost Adah. Alone! Oh, my God!
thon. Who could be happy and alone, or good ? Thou seemst unhappy; do not make us so, To me my solitude seems sin ; unless And I will weep for thee. When I think how soon I shall see my Lucifer. Alas! those tears! brother,
Couldst thou but know what oceans will His brother, and our children, and our
be shed parents.
Adah. By me?
Lucifer. By all.
SCENE 1.—The Abyss of Space.
Cain. I tread on air,and sink not; yet I fear The unpeopled earth—and the o'er-peopled To sink. Hell,
Lucifer. Have faith in me, and thou of which thy bosom is the germ.
shalt be Adah. Oh Cain,
Borne on the air, of which I am the prince. This spirit curseth us.
Cain. Can I do so without impiety? Cain. Let him say on;
Lucifer. Believe--and sink not! doubt-Himn will I follow.
and perish! thus Adah. Whither?
Would run the edict of the other God, Lucifer. To a place
Who names me demon to his angels; they Whence he shall come back to thee in an hour, Echo the sound to miserable things, But in that hour see things of many days. Which knowing nought beyond their shalAdah. How can that be ?
low senses, Lucifer. Did not your Maker make Worship the word which strikes their ear, Out of old worlds this new one in few days?
and deem And cannot I, who aided in this work, Evil or good what is proclaim'd to them Show in an hour what he hath made in many, In their abasement. I will have none such: Or hath destroy'd in few ?
Worship or worship not, thou shalt hehold Cain. Lead on..
The worlds beyond thy little world, nor be Adah. Will he
Amerced, for doubts beyond thy little life, In sooth return within an hour?
With torture of my dooming. There will Lucifer. He shall. With us acts are exempt from time, and we an hour,when toss'd upon some water-drops, Can crowd eternity into an hour.
A man shall say to a man,” Believe in me, Or stretch an hour into eternity:
And walk the waters;” and the man shall We breathe not by a mortal measurement
walk But that's a mystery. Cain, come on with me. The billows and be safe. I will not say Adah. Will he return?
Believe in me, as a conditional creed Lucifer. Ay, woman! he alone
To save thee; but fly with me o'er the gulf Of mortals from that place (the first and last of space an equal flight, and I will show Who shall return, save One)shall come What thou dar'st not deny, the history back to thee
Of past, and present, and of future worlds. To make that silent and expectant world Cain. Oh, god, or demon, or whate'er As populous as this: at present there
thou art, Are few inhabitants.
Is yon our earth? Adah. Where dwellest thou ?
Lucifer. Dost thou not recognize Lucifer. Throughout all space. Where The dust which form’d your father? should I dwell? Where are
Cain. Can it be? Thy God or Gods -- there am l; all things are Yon small blue circle, swinging in far ether, Divided with me; life and death--and time_ With an inferior circlet near it still, Eternity-and heaven and earth - and that which looks like that which lit our earthly Which is not heaven nor earth, but peopled night? with
It this our Paradise ? Where are its walls, Those who once peopled or shall people And they who guard thein? both
Lucifer. Point me out the site These are my realms! So that I do divide Of Paradise. Flis, and possess a kingdom which is not Cain. How should I? As we move His. If I were not that which I have said, Like sunbeams onward, it grows small and Could I stand here? His angels are within smaller, Your vision.
And as it waxes little, and then less, Adah. So they were when the fair serpent Gathers a halo round it, like the light Spoke with our mother first.
Which shone the roundest of the stars, when I Lucifer. Cain! thou hast heard. Beheld them from the skirts of Paradise : If thou dost long for knowledge, I can satiate Methinks they both, as we recede from them, That thirst: nor ask thee to partake of fruits Appear to join the innumerable stars Which shall deprive thee of a single good which are around us; and, as we move on, The conqueror has left thee. Follow me. Increase their myriads. Cain. Spirit, I have said it.
Lucifer. And if there should be [Exeunt Lucifer and Cain. Worlds greater than thine own, inhabited Adah (follows, erclaiming) Cain! my By greater things, and they themselves far
In number than the dust of thy dull earth, Lucifer. Thou didst before I came upon Though multiplied to animated atoms,
thee. All living, and all doom'd to death , and Cain. How ? wretched,
Lucifer. By suffering. What wouldst thou think?
Cain. And must torture be immortal ? Cain. I should be proud of thought Lucifer. We and thy sons will try. But Which knew such things.
behold! Lucifer. But if that high thought were Is it not glorious ? Link'd to a servile mass of matter, and, Cain. Oh, thou beautiful Knowing such things, aspiring to such things, And unimaginable ether! and And science still beyond them, were chaind Ye multiplying masses of increased down
And still increasing lights! what are ye? To the most gross and petty paltry wants,
what All foul and fulsome, and the very best Is this blue wilderness of interminable Of thine enjoyments a sweet degradation, Air, where ye roll along, as I have seen A most enervating and filthy cheat The leaves along the limpid streams of Eden? To lure thee on to the renewal of
Is your course measured for ye? Or do ye Fresh souls and bodies , all foredoom'd to be Sweep on in your unbounded revelry As frail, and few so happy
Through an aerial universe of endless Cain. Spirit! I
Expansion, at which my soul aches to think, Know nought of death, save as a dreadful Intoxicated with eternity? thing
Oh God! Oh Gods! or whatsoe'er ye are! Of which I have heard my parents speak, How beautiful ye are! how beautiful
Your works, or accidents, or whatsoe'er A hideous heritage I owe to them
They may be! Let me die, as atoms die, No less than life; a heritage not happy, (If that they die) or know ye in your might If I may judge till now. But, spirit! if And knowledge! My thoughts are not in It be, as thou hast said (and I within
this hour Feel the prophetic torture of its truth), Unworthy what I see, though my dust is; Here let me die: for to give birth to those Spirit! let me expire, or see them nearer. Who can but suffer many years, and die, vucifer. Art thou not nearer? look back Methinks is merely propagating death,
to thine earth! And multiplying murder.
Cain. Where is it? I see nothing save a mass Lucifer. Thou canst not
Of most innumerable lights. du die-there is what must survive.
Lucifer. Look there! Cain. The Other
Cain. I cannot see it. Spake not of this unto my father, when Lucifer. Yet it sparkles still. He shut him forth from Paradise, with death Cain. What, yonder! Written upon his forehead. But at least Lucifer. Yea. Let what is mortal of me perish, that Cain. And wilt thou tell me so? I may be in the rest as angels are. Why,I have seen the fire-flies and fire-worms Lucifer. I am angelic: wouldst thou be Sprinkle the dusky groves and the green as I am ?
banks Cain. I know not what thou art: I see In the dim twilight, brighter than yon world thy power,
Which bears them. And see thou showst me things beyond my Lucifer. Thou hast seen both worms and power,
worlds, Beyond all power of my born faculties, Each bright and sparkling , - what dost Although inferior still to my desires
think of them ? And my conceptions.
Cain. That they are beautiful in their Lucifer. What are they, which dwell
own sphere, So humbly in their pride, as to sojourn And through the night, which makes both With worms in clay?
beautiful, Cain. And what art thou, who dwellest The little shining fire-fly in its flight, So haughtily in spirit, and canst range And the immortal star in its great course, Nature and immortality-and yet
Must both be gaided. Seemst sorrow ful?
Lucifer. But by whom or what?
Cain. Show me.
Cain, How know I what