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From him who shed the first, and that a brother's!
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 race; behold their stature and their beauty, 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, Anah! and thou?-
Whate'er our God decrees,
The things which sprung up with me, like the stars,
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, Written in fire
They would have seen
Jehovah's late decree,
And not inquired their Maker's breath of me.
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!
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.
In all but suffering! Why partake
The agony to which they must be heirs—
Let them fly!
I hear the voice which says that all must die, Sooner than our white-bearded patriarchs died; And that on high
An ocean is prepared,
While from below
The deep shall rise to meet heaven's overflow. Few shall be spared,
It seems; and, of that few, the race of Cain Must lift their eyes to Adam's God in vain. Sister! since it is so,
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:
But which is best, a dead eternity,
I would not keep this life of mine in clay
Nor see ye lose a portion of His grace,
Find still. Fly!
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
Yet while 't is time!
Renew not Adam's fall:
Mankind were then but twain,
But they are numerous now as are the waves
And the tremendous rain,
Come, Anah! quit this chaos-founded prison,
A brighter world than this, where thou shalt breathe
These darken'd clouds are not the only skies.
[AZAZIEL and SAMIASA fly off, and disappear with ANAH and AHOLIBAMAH.