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of Cavier, 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 hare 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 is a “ Tramelogedie” of Alfieri, called “ Abel.”—I have never read that nor any other of the posthumous works of the writer, except his Life.

MEN.

ADAM.
Cain.
ABEL.

SPIRITS.

ANGEL OF THE LORD. LUCIFRR.

WOMEN.

EVE.

ADAH.

ZILLAH.

ACT І.

SCENE I.

The Land without Paradise.Time, Sunrise. ADAM, Eve, Cain, Abel, Adau, 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!

ADAH.

God, the Eternal! Parent of all things!
Who didst create these best and beauteous beings,
To be beloved, more then 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 Paradise,
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.

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