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Yet of a sterner and a sadder aspect
Lucifer. One who aspired to be what made thee, and Of spiritual essence : why do I quake?
Would not have made thee what thou art. Why should I fear him more than other spirits,
Ah! Whom I see daily wave their fiery swords
Thou look'st almost a god; and Before the gates round which I linger oft,
I am none : In twilight's hour, to catch a glimpse of those And having fail'd to be one, would be nought Gardens which are my just inheritance,
Save what I am. He conquer'd; let Him reign! Ere the night closes o'er the inhibited walls
Cain. Who? And the immortal trees which overtop
Lucifer. Thy sire's Maker, and the earth's. The cherubim-defended battlements ?
And heaven's, If I shrink not from these, the fire-arm'd angels, And all that in them is. So I have heard Why should I quail from him who now approaches ? His seraphs sing; and so my father saith. Yet he seems mightier far than them, nor less
Lucifer. They say-what they must sing and say, Beauteous, and yet not all as beautiful
on pain As he hath been, and might be : sorrow eems Of being that which I am-and thou artHalf of his immortality. And is it
Of spirits and of men. So? and can aught grieve save humanity?
And what is that? He cometh
Lucifer. Souls who dare use their immortalityEnter Lucifer.
Souls who dare look the Omnipotent tyrant in
His everlasting face, and tell Him that
His evil is not good! If He has made,
As He saith-which I know not, nor believe Cain.
And being so, canst thou But if He made us-He cannot unmake; Leave thein and walk with dust!
We are immortal !--nay, He'd have us so, Lucifer.
I know the thoughts That He may torture :-let Him. He is greatof dust, and feel for it, and with you.
But, in His greatness, no happier than Cain,
We in our conflict! Goodness would not make You know my thoughts?
Evil ; and what else hath He made! But let Him Lucifer.
They are the thoughts of all Sit on His vast and solitary throile, Worthy of thought: 'tis your immortal part
Creating worlds, to make eternity Which speaks within you.
Less burthensome to His immense existence Cain.
What immortal part ? And unparticipated solitude ! This has not been revealed: the tree of life
Let Him crowd orb on orb: He is alone Was withheld from us by my father's folly,
Indefinite, indissoluble tyrant ! While that of knowledge, by my mother's haste, Could He but crush Himself, 'twere the best boon Was pluck'd too soon; and all the fruit is death! He ever granted: but, let Him reign on, Lucifer. They have deceived thee; thou shalt And multiply Himself in nisery! live.
Spirits and men, at least we sympathizeCain.
And, suffering in concert, make our pangs,
Innumerable, more endurable,
With all! But He! so wretched in His height. Instinct of life, which I abhor, as I
So restless in His wretchedness, must still Despise myself, yet cannot overcome
Create, and re-create
(have swum And so I live. Would I had never lived !
Cain. Thou speak'st to me of things which long Lucifer. Thou livest, and must live for ever: In visions through my thought! I never could think not
Reconcile what I saw with what I heard. The earth, which is thine outward cov'ring, is My father and my mother talk to me Exister.ce; it will cease, and thou wilt be
Of serpents, and of fruits and trees: I see No less than thou art now.
The gates of what they call their Paradise Cain,
No less ! and why Guarded by fiery.sworded cherubim, No more?
Which shut them out, and me: I feel the weigh Lucifer. It may be thou shalt be as we.
of daily toil and constant thought: I look Cain. And ye?
Around a world where I seem nothing, with Lucifer. Are everlasting
Thoughts which arise within me, as if they Cain.
Are ye happy? Could master all things; but I thought alone
This misery was mine. My father is
Tamed down; my mother has forgot the minst Lucifer.
No: art thou? Which made her thirst for knowledge at the risk Cain. How should I be so? Look on me!
Of an eternal curse; my brother is Lucifer.
A watching shepherd boy, who offers up
My sister Zillah sings an earlier hymn
Than the birds' matins; and my Adal, my
Before His sullen, sole eternity ; Own and beloved, she, too, understands not
But we who see the truth must speak it. Thay The mind which overwhelins me: never till
Fond parents listen'd to a creeping thing, Now met I aught to sympathize with ine.
And fe!l. For what should spirits tempt them ? 'Tis well-I rather would consort with spirits.
What Lucifer. And hadst thou not been fit by thine Was there to envy in the narrow bounds own soul
Of Paradise, that spirits who pervade For such companionship, I would not now
Space--but I speak to the of what thou know'st Have stood before thee as I am: a serpent
With all thy tree of knowledge.
not, Had been enough to charm ye, as before.
But thou canst not Cain. Ah! didst thou tempt my mother ?
Speak aught of knowledge which I would not know, Lucifer.
I tempt none, And do not thirst to know, and bear a mind
Lucifer. And heart to look on ?
Be it provel. Did I plant things prohibited within
Lucifer. Darest thou look on Deatlı ? The reach of beings innocent, and curious
He has not yet By their own innocence? I would have made ye
My father And become gods as We.' Were those His words? Says he is something dreadful, and my mother Cain. They were, as I have heard from those Weeps when he is named; and Abel lifts his eyes who heard them,
To heaven, and Zillah casts liers to the earth, In thunder.
And sighs a prayer; and Adah looks on ine, Lucifer. Then who was the demon ? He
And speaks not. Who would not let ye live, or he who would
Lucifer. And thou? Have made ye live for ever in the joy,
Thoughts unspeakable The power of knowledge ?
Crowd in my breast to burning, when I hear Cain.
Would they had snatch'd both Of this almighty Death, who is, it seems, The fruits, or neither !
Inevitable. Could I wrestle with him! Liucifer.
One is yours already I wrestled with the lion, when a boy,
In play, till he ran roaring from my gripe.
Lucifer. It has no shape, but will absorb all things Lucifer.
By being That bear the form of earth-born being. Yourselves, in your resistance. Nothing can
Ah! Quench the mind, if the mind will be itself
I thought it was a being : who could do And centre of surrounding things—'tis made Such evil things to being save a being ? To sway.
Lucifer. Ask the Destroyer. Cain. But didst thou tempt my parents ?
The Maker-call Him Poor clay! what should I tempt them for, or how? Which name thou wilt; He makes but to destroy. Cain. They say the serpent was a spirit.
Cain, I knew not that, yet thought it, since I Lucifer.
heard Saith that? It is not written so on high :
of death : although I know not what it is, The Proud One will not so far falsify,
Yet it seems horrible. I have look'd out
In the vast desolate night in search of him ;
I watch'd for what I thought his coming; for
What 'twas which shook us all-but nothing came. Think'st thou I'd take the shape of things that die! And then I turn'd my weary eyes from off Cain. But the thing had a demon ?
Our native and forbidden Paradise, Lucifer.
He but woke one Up to the lights above us, in the azure, In those he spake to with his forky tongue.
Which are so beautiful: shall they, too, die? I tell thee that the serpent was no more
Lucifer. Perhaps--but long outlive both thing Than a mere serpent : ask the cherubim
dic Who guard the tempting tree. When thousand ages Cain. I'm glad of that: I would not have then Have roll'd o'er your dead ashes, and your seed's, They are so lovely. What is death? I fear, The seed of the then world may thus array
I feel it is a dreadful thing ; but what, Their earliest fault in fable, and attribute
I cannot compass : 'tis denounced against us, To me a shape I scorn, as I scorn all
Both them who sinn'd and sinn'd not, as an ill-That bows to Hiin, who made things but to bend What ill?
Lucifer. To be resolved into the earth.
But Abel's earnest prayer has wrought upon me: Cain. But shall I know it?
The offering is more his than mine, and AdahLucifer.
As I know not death, Lucifer. Why dost thou hesitate! I cannot answer.
She is my sister, Cain, Were I quiet earth,
Born on the same day, of the same womb: and That were no evil: would I ne'er had been
She wrung from me, with tears, this proinise; and Aught else but dust!
Rather than see her weep, I would, methinks, Lucifer.
That is a grovelling wish, Bear all-and worship aught. Less than thy father's, for he wish'd to know.
Then follow me! Cain. But not to live, or wherefore pluck d he not Cain, I will The life-tree?
Enter Adah. Lucifer. He was hinder'd.
Adah. My brother, I have come for thee; Cain,
Deadly error! It is our hour of rest and joy-and we Not to snatch first that fruit :-but ere he pluck d Have less without thee. Thou hast labour'd not The knowledge, he was ignorant of death.
This morn; but I have done thy task: the fruits Alas, I scarcely now know what it is ;
Are ripe, and glowing as the light wliich ripens: And yet I fear it-fear I know not wļiat.
Come away. Lucifer. And I, who know all things, fear no. Cain, Seest thou not? thing: see
I see an angel: What is true knowledge.
We have seen many: will he share our hour Cain,
Wilt thou teach me all? Of rest?-he is welcome. Lucifer, Ay, upon one condition.
But he is not like Cain, .
Name it. The angels we have seen. Lucifer.
Are there, then, others ? Thou dost fall down and worship me--thy Lord, But he is welcome, as they were: they deign'd
Cain. Thou art not the Lord my father worships. To be our guests--will he?
No. Cain (to Lucifer).
Wilt thou? Cain. His equal? (with him! Lucifer.
I ask Lucifer.
No:I have nought in common Thee to be mine. Nor would; I would be aught above-beneath
I must away with him. Aught save a sharer or a servant of
Adah. And leave us? His power. I dwell apart; but I am great.
Ay. Many there are who worship me, and more
And me? Who shall-be thou among the first.
Beloved Adah! Cain.
Adah. Let me go with thee. As yet have bow'd unto my father's God,
No, she must not. Although my brother Abel oft implores
Who That I would join with him in sacrifice:
Art thou that steppest between heart and heart? Why should I bow to thee?
Cain. He is a god.
How know'st thou! To Him?
He speaks like Cain, Have I not said it?-need I say it?
Lucifer. Thou errest, Adah!- was not the tree that Cain. But I will bend to neither.
[me! Of knowledge! Lucifer. Ne'er the less, Adan.
Ay-to our eternal sorrow. Thou art my worshipper: not worshipping
Lucifer. And yet that grief is knowledge-so he Him, makes thee mine the same.
lied not: Cain.
And what is that? And if he did betray you, 'twas with truth; Lucifer. Thou'lt know here—and hereafter. And truth in its own essence cannot be Cain.
Let me but
But good. Be taught the mystery of my being.
Adah. But all we know of it has gather'd Lucifer.
Evil on ill: expulsion from our home, Where I lead thee.
And dread, and toil, and sweat, and heariness; Cain. But I must retire
Remorse of that which was-and hope of that To till the earth—for I had promised
Which cometh not. Cain! walk not with this spirit. Lucifer.
Pear with what we have borne, and love me Cain. To cull some first-fruits.
Love thee. Lucifer.
Lucifer. More than thy mother, and thy sire! Cain.
To offer up
Adah. I do. Is that sin, too? With Abel on an altar.
No, not yet: Lucifer. Saidst thou not
It one day will be in your children. Thou ne'er hadst bent to Him who made thee?
Yes; Must not my daughter love her brother Enoch
Lucifer. Not as thou lovest Cain.
If the blessedness Adah.
Oh my God! Consists in slavery-10. Shall they not love, and bring forth things that love Adak,
I have heard it said, Out of their love? have they not drawn their milk The seraphs love most-cherubim know most; Out of this bosom? was not he, their father,
And this should be a cherub, since he loves not. Born of the saine sole womb, in the same hour
Lucifer. And if the higher knowledge quenches With me? Did we not love each o:her? and
love, In multiplying our being multiply
What must he be you cannot love when known? Things which will love each other as we love Since the all-knowing cherubim love least, Them?-And as I love thee, Cain, go not
The seraphs' love can be but ignorance : Forth with this spirit; he is not of ours.
That they are not compatible, the doom Lucifer. The sin I speak of is not of my making, Of thy fond parents, for their daring, proves. And cannot be a sin in you--whate'er
Chcoce betwixt love and knowledge-since there is It seems in those who will replace ye in
No other choice: your sire hath chosen already; Mortality,
His worship is but fear. Adah. What is the sin which is not
Oh, Cain! choose love. Sin in itself? Can circumstance make sin
Cain. For thee, my Adal-I choose not-it was Or virtue!-if it doth, we are the slaves
Born with me-but I love nought else. Of(higher Adah.
Our parents? Lucifer. Higher things than ye are slaves: and Cain. Did they love us when they snatch'd from Than them or ye would be so, did they not
the tree Prefer an independency of torture
That which hath driven us all from Paradise ? To the smooth agonies of adulation,
Adah. We were not born then-and if we had been, In hymns and harpings, and self-seeking prayers,
Should we not love them and our children, Cain? To that which is omnipotent, because
Cain. My little Enoch! and his lisping sister! It is omnipotent, and not from love,
Could I but deem them happy, I would half
Forget - but it can never be forgotten
Through thrice a thousand generations ! Never Must be all goodness.
Shall men love the remembrance of the man
Who sow'd the seed of evil and mankind Adah. Fiend ! tempt me not with beauty; thou In the same hour! They pluck'd the tree of science art fairer
And sin; and, not content with their own sorrow, Than was the serpent, and as false.
Begot me-thee and all the few that are, Lucifer.
And all the unnumber'd and innumerable Ask Eve, your mother: bears she not the know. Multitudes, millions, myriads, which may be, Of good and evil!
[ledge To inherit agonies accumulated Adah, Oh, my mother! thou
By ages 1-and I must be sire of such things ! Hast pluck'd a fruit more fatal to thine offspring Thy beauty and thy love-my love and joy, Than to thyself; thou at the least hast pass'd The rapturous moment and the placid hour, Thy youth in Paradise, in innocent
All we love in our children and each other, And happy intercourse with happy spirits :
But lead them and ourselves through many years But we, thy children, ignorant of Eden,
Of sin and pain-or few, but still of sorrow, Are girt about by demons, who assume
Intercheck'd with an instant of brief pleasure, The words of God, and tempt us with our own
To Death--the unknown! Methinks the tree of Dissatisfied and curious thoughts--as thou
knowledge Wert work'd on by the snake, thy inost flush'd Hath not fulfill'd its promise : if they sinnd, And heedless, harmless wantonness of bliss.
At least they ought to have known all things that are I cannot answer this immortal thing
Of knowledge-and the mystery of death. Which stands before me; I can not abhor him ; Wnat do they know that they are miserable. I look upon him with a pleasing fear,
What need of snakes and fruits to teach us that? And yet I fly not from him : in his eye
Adah. I am not wretched, Cain ; and if thou There is a fastening attraction which
Wert happyFixes my fluttering eyes on his; my heart
Be thou happy, then, alone; Beats quick; he awes me, and yet draws me near, I will have nought to do with happiness, Nearer and nearer: -Cain-Cain--save me from Which humbles me and mine. him! (spirit. Adah.
Alone I could not, Cain. What dreads my Adah? This is no ill Nor would be happy; but with those around us,
Adah. He is not God-nor God's: I have behield I think I could be so, despite of death, The cherubs and the seraphs; he looks not
Which, as I know it not, I dread not, though
It seems an awful shadow-if I may
And thou couldst not Lucifer. And still loftier than the archangels. Alone, thou say'st, be happy? Adah, Ay-but not blessed.
Alone : Oh, my God!
Who could be happy and alone, or good
The unpeopled eartlı--and the o'er-peopled hell, Toine my solitude seems sin; unless
Of which thy bosom is the germ. When I think how soon I shall see my brother,
0 Cain His brother, and our children, and our parents. This spirit curseth us. Lucifer. Yet thy God is alone ; and is He happy, Cain.
Let him say on;
Him will I follow,
Whither? The angers and the mortals to make happy,
To a placa And thus becomes so in diffusing joy.
Whence he shall come back to thee in an liour: What else can joy be, but the spreading joy?
But in that hour see things of many days.
Did not your Maker make Or of his first-born son: ask your own heart;
Out of old worlds this new one in few days It is not tranquil.
And cannot I, who aided in this work, dian. Alas! no ! and you
Show in an hour what he hath made in many, Are you of heaven!
Or hath destroyed in few!
Lead on. The cause of this all-spreading happiness
Will he, (Which you proclaim) of the all-great and good
In sooth, return within an hour? Maker of life and living things; it is
He shall. His secret, and he keeps it. We must bear, With us acts are exempt from time, and we And some of us resist, and both in vain,
Can crowd eternity into an hour, His seraphs say; but it is worth the trial,
Or stretch an hour into eternity Since better may not be without: there is
We breathe not by a mortal measurement-A wisdom in the spirit, which directs
But that's a mystery. Cain, come on with me. To right, as in the dim blue air the eye
Adah. Will he return? of you, young mortals, lights at once upon
Ay, woman! he alone The star which watches, welcoming the morn.
Of mortals from that place (the first and last Adah. It is a beautiful star ; I love it for its beauty,
Who shall return, save ONE) shall come back to Lucifer. And why not adore!
To make that silent and expectant world (thee, ddah.
As populous as this: at present there
Are few inhabitants.
Where dwellest thou? Of the Invisible are the loveliest
Lucifer. Throughout all space. Where should I Of what is visible; and yon bright star
dwell? Where are Is leader of the host of heaven.
Thy God or Gods—there am I: all things are Adak.
Divided with me; life and death-and time Saith that he has beheld the God Himself
Eternity-and heaven and earth-and that Who made him and our mother.
Which is not heaven nor earth, but peopled with Lucifer.
Hast thou seen Him?
Those who once peopled or shall people bothAdan. Yes--in His works.
These are my realms! So that I do divide Lucifer.
But in His being ?
His, and possess a kingdom which is not Adah.
His. If I were not that which I have said, Save in my father, who is God's own image;
Could I stand here? His angels are within
Your vision. Or in His angels, who are like to thee
Adal. And brighter, yet less beautiful and powerful
So they were when the fair serpent In seeming: as the silent sunny noon,
Spoke with our mother first. All light they look upon us; but thou seem'st
Cain! thou hast heard. Like an ethereal night, where long white clouds
If thou dost long for knowledge, I can satiate Streak the deep purple, and unnumber'd stars
That thirst ; nor ask thee to partake of fruits Spangle the wonderful mysterious vault
Which shall deprive thee of a single good With things that look as if they would be suns ; The Conqueror has left thce. Follow me. So beautiful, unnumber'd, and endearing,
Cain, Spirit, I have said it. Not dazzling, and yet drawing us to them,
(Exeunt Lucifer and Cain, They fill my eyes with tears, and so dost thou. Adah follows, exclaiming). Cain! my brother! Thou seen'st unhappy: do not make us so,
SCENE I.-The Abyss of Space.
Cain. I tread on air, and sink not; yet I fear Adal. What all?
To sink. Lucifer.
The million millions Lucifer. Have faith in me, and thou shalt be The myriad myriads--the all-peopled earth--- Borne on the air, of which I am the prince.