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JAPHET (interrupting them).
Shall deign to expound this dream
Unto himself all times, all things; And, gather'd under his almighty wings, Abolish hell!
And to the expiated earth
Her Eden in an endless paradise, Where man no more can fall as once he fell, And even the very demons shall do well!
And when shall take effect this wond'rous spell?
When the Redeemer cometh; ürst in pain, And then in glory.
Meantime still struggle in the mortal chain,
Till earth wax hoary;
War with yourselves, and hell, and heaven, in vain,
With the blood reeking from each battle plain;
Shall oversweep the future, as the waves
Chorus of Spirits.
Hark! hark! already we can hear the voice
The winds, too, plume their piercing wings!
The mustering thunders of the threatening sphere;
Their flashing banners, folded still on high,
Save to the spirits' all-pervading eye.
Howl! howl! oh earth!
Thy death is nearer than thy recent birth:
The wave shall break upon your cliffs; and shells,
Where could he rest them, while the whole space brings
And loudly lift each superhuman voice
And there were giants in those days, and after; mighty men, which were of old men of renown.-Genesis.
Save the slight remnant of Seth's seed—
Exempt for future sorrow's sake from death.
None shall remain;
And all his goodly daughters
Beings even in death so fair.
And to the universal human cry The universal silence shall succeed! Fly, brethren, fly!
But still rejoice!
These petty foes of Heaven who shrink from Hell!
God hath proclaim'd the destiny of earth;
No sign yet hangs its banner in the air;
The clouds are few, and of their wonted texture;
The sun will rise upon the earth's last day
A void: without man, time, as made for man,
The Book of Enoch, preserved by the Ethiopians, is said by them to be anterior to the flood.
From him who shed the first, and that a brother's!
AHOLIBAMAH (interrupting him).
And wouldst thou have her like our father's foe
Offspring of Cain, thy father did so!
He slew not Seth; and what hast thou to do
Thou speakest well: his God hath judged him, and
He was our fathers' father: The eldest born of man, the strongest, bravest, And most enduring:-Shall I blush for him, From whom we had our being? Look upon Our behold their stature and their beauty, race; Their courage, strength, and length of days-
They are number'd.—————
Be it so! but while yet their hours endure, I glory in my brethren and our fathers!
My sire and race but glory in their God, Anal! and thou?-
Whate'er our God decrees, The God of Seth as Cain, I must obey, And will endeavour patiently to obey: But could I dare to pray in his dread hour Of universal vengeance (if such should be), It would not be to live, alone exempt Of all my house. My sister! Oh, my sister! What were the world, or other worlds, or all The brightest future without the sweet pastThy love-my father's-all the life, and all The things which sprung up with like the stars, Making my dim existence radiant with Soft lights which were not mine? Aholibamah! Oh! if there should be mercy-seek it, find it: I abhor death, because that thou must die.
What? hath this dreamer, with his father's ark,
Rather than thus--But the enthusiast dreams
The first and fairest of the sons of God,
How long hath this been law,
That earth by angels must be left untrod?
Jehovah's footsteps not disdain her sod!
Adoring Him in his least works display'd;
And wherefore speak'st thou of destruction near?
Had Samiasa and Azaziel been
In their true place, with the angelic choir,
They would have seen
And not inquired their Maker's breath of me.
And even the spirits' knowledge shall grow less
For blindness is the first-born of excess.
By mortal feelings for a mortal maid;
And lose eternity by that delay!
And thou! if earth be thus forbidden
To us until this moment hidden,
I came to call ye back to your fit sphere,
Let us still walk the stars. True, earth must die!
Rather than longer worship dared endure!
Seraphs! less mighty than that mightiest one,
And think if tempting man can compensate
Long have I warr'd,
Long must I war
With him who deem'd it hard
To be created, and to acknowledge him
Made him as suns to a dependant star,
I loved him-beautiful he was: oh Heaven! Save His who made, what beauty and what power Was ever like to Satan's! Would the hour
In which he fell could ever be forgiven! The wish is impious: but oh ye!
Yet undestroy'd, be warn'd! Eternity
With him, or with his God, is in your choice: He hath not tempted you, he cannot tempt The angels, from his further snares exempt; But man hath listen'd to his voice, And ye to woman's-beautiful she is, The serpent's voice less subtle than her kiss,
The snake but vanquish'd dust; but she will draw
A second host from heaven, to break Heaven 's law. Yet, yet, oh fly!
Ye cannot die,
Shall pass away,
While ye shall fill with shrieks the upper sky
Whose memory in your immortality
Shall long outlast the sun which gave them day. Think how your essence differeth from theirs
And the eternal Lord
In vain would be implored
For the remission of one hour of woe,
And wailing less for us than those who shall
And, when the fatal waters are allay'd,
And yours to live for ever:
I would not keep this life of mine in clay
Nor see ye lose a portion of His grace,
And as your pinions bear ye back to heaven, Think that my love still mounts with thee on high, Samiasa!
And if I look up with a tearless eye,
'Tis that an angel's bride disdains to weepFarewell! Now rise, inexorable deep!
And must we die?
And must I lose thee too,
Oh, my heart! my heart!
Thy prophecies were true,
And yet thou wert so happy too!
The blow, though not unlook'd for, falls as new;
But yet depart!
Yet let me not retain thee-fly!
My pangs can be but brief; but thine would be
Too much already hast thou deign'd
To love us, cometh anguish with disgrace.
Ay, father! but when they are gone,
Floating upon the azure desert, and
The depth beneath us hides our own dear land,
Who, who, our tears, our shrieks, shall then command?
Oh, God! be thou a God, and spare
Renew not Adam's fall:
Mankind were then but twain,
But they are numerous now as are the waves
And the tremendous rain,