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I am a tiller of the ground, and must Look on it! and for him who dresseth it, Yield what it yieldeth to my toil – its fruit: He is—such as thou mad'st him; and seeks
[He gathers fruits. nothing Behold them in their various bloom and Which must be won by knecling: if he's evil, ripeness.
Strike him ! thou art omnipotent, and [They dress their altars, and mayst,
kindle a flame upon them. For what can he oppose? If he be good, Abel. My brother, as the elder, offer first Strike him,or spare him, as thou wilt! Thy prayer and thanksgiving with sacrifice.
since all Cain. No-I am new to this; lead thou Rests upon thee; and good and evil seem
To have no power themselves, save in thy And I will follow—as I may.
will; Abel (kneeling). Oh God!
And whether that be good or ill I know not, Who made us, and who breathed the breath Not being omnipotent, nor fit to judge of life
Omnipotence, but merely to endure Within our nostrils, who hath blessed us, Its mandate ; which thus far I have endured. And spared, despite our father's sin, to make The fire upon the altar of Abel kindles His children all lost,as they might have been, into a column of the brightest flame, Had not thy justice been so temper'd with and ascends to heaven ; while a whirlThe mercy which is thy delight, as to
wind throws down the altar of Cain, Accord a pardon like a Paradise,
and scatters the fruits abroad upon Compared with our great crimes:- Sole the earth. Lord of light!
Abel (kneeling). Oh, brother , pray ! Of good, and glory, and eternity;
Jehovah 's wroth with thee! Without whom all were evil, and with whom Cain. Why so ? Nothing can err, except to some good end Abel. Thy fruits are scatter'd on the earth. Of thine omnipotent benevolence
Cain. From earth they came, to earth Inscrutable, but still to be fulfillid
let them return; Accept from out thy humble first of Their seed will bear fresh fruit there ere shepherd's
the summer : First of the first-born flocks-an offering, Thy burnt flesh-offʻring prospers better ; see In itself nothing as what offering can be How heaven licks up the flames, when Aught unto thee?- but yet accept it for
thick with blood ! The thanksgiving of him who spreads it in Abel. Think not upon my off'rings' acThe face of thy high heaven, bowing his own ceptance, Even to the dust, of which he is, in honour But make another of thine own before Of thee, and of thy name, for evermore! It is too late. Cain (standing erect during this speech).
Cain. I will build no more altars, Spirit! whate'er or whosoe'er thou art,
Nor suffer any.-Omnipotent, it may be--and, if good, Abel (rising). Cain! what meanest thou? Shown in the exemption of thy deeds from Cain. To cast down yon vile flatt'rer of evil;
the clouds, Jehovah upon earth! and God in heaven! The smoky harbinger of thy dull prayersAnd it may be with other names, because Thine altar,with its blood of lambs and kids, Thine attributes seem many, as thy works:- Which fed on milk, to be destroy'd in blood. If thou must be propitiated with prayers, Abel (opposing him). Thou shalt not:Take them! If thou must be induced with add not impious works to impions altars,
Words!let that altar stand_'tis hallow'd now And soften'd with a sacrifice, receive them! By the immortal pleasure of Jehovah, Two beings here erect them unto thee. In his acceptance of the victims. If thou lov'st blood, the shepherd's shrine, Cain. His! which smokes
His pleasure! what was his high pleasure in On my right hand, hath shed it for thy service The fumes of scorching flesh and smoking In the first of his flock, whose limbs now reek
blood, In sanguinary incense to thy skies ; To the pain of the bleating mothers, which Or if the sweet and blooming fruits of earth, Still yearn for their dead offspring ? or the And milder seasons, which the unstain'd turf
pange I spread them on now offers in the face Of the sad ignorant victims underneath Of the broad sun which ripend them, may Thy pious knife ? Give way! this bloody
record Good to thee, inasmuch as they have not shall not stand in the sun, to shame creation! Suffer'd in limb or life, and rather form Abel. Brother, give back! thou shalt A sample of thy works, than supplication
not touch my altar To look on ours ! If a shrine without victim, With violence: if that thou wilt adopt it, And altar without gorc, may win thy favour, To try another sacrifice, 'tis thinc.
Cain. Another sacrifice! Give way, or else | The native of another and worse world. That sacrifice may be -
The earth swims round me :—what is this?_ Abel. What meanest thou ?
'tig wet ; Cain. Give
(Puts his hand to his brow, and then Give way! thy God loves blood !- then
looks at it. look to it:
And yet there are no dews! 'Tis blood-my Give way, ere he hath more!
blood -Abel. In his great name,
My brother's and my own; and shed by me! I stand between thee and the shrine which Then what have I further to do with life, hath
Since I have taken life from my own flesh? Had his acceptance.
But he can not be dead!-Is silence death? Cain. If thou lov'st thyself,
No; he will wake: then let me watch by him. Stand back till I have strew'd this turf along Life cannot be so slight, as to be quench'd Its native soil :-else
Thus quickly!he hath spoken to me sinceAbel (opposing him). I love God far more What shall I say to him? - My brother! – No; Than life.
He will not answer to that name; for Cain. (striking him on the temples, with
brethren a brand, which he snatches from the Smite not each other. Yet_yet_speak to me. altar.)
Oh! for a word more of that gentle voice, Then take thy life unto thy God, That I may bear to hear my own again! Since he loves lives. Abel (falls). What hast thou done, my
Enter ZILLAI brother?
Zillah. I heard a heavy sound: what can Cain. Brother!
it be ? Abel. Oh, God! receive thy servant, and 'Tis Cain; and watching by my husband. Forgive his slayer, for he knew not what
What He did.- Cain, give me- -give me thy hand; Dost thou there, brother? Doth he sleep 3 and tell
Oh! heaven! Poor Zillah
What means this paleness, and yon stream? Cain (after a moments stupefaction).
-No! no! My hand! 'tis all red, and with—what? It is not blood; for who would shed his blood?
[Along pause.- Looking slowly round. Abel! what's this?—who hath done this? Where am I? alone! Where's Abel? where
He moves not; Cain? Can it be that I am he ? My brother, He breathes not: and his hands drop down Awake! – why liest thou so on the green
from mine earth ?
With stony lifelessness! Ah! cruel Cain! 'Tis not the hour of slumber :- why so pale? Why cam'st thou not in time to save him What hast thou !- thou wert full of life
from this morn!
This violence? Whatever hath assail'd him, Abel! I pray thee, mock me not! I smote Thou wert the stronger, and shouldst have Too fiercely, but not fatally. Ah, why
stepp'd in Wouldst thou oppose me? This is mockery; Between him and aggression! Father! And only done to daunt me :- 'twas a blow-|| Eve!-And but a blow. Stir-stir-nay, only stir! Adah!- come hither! Death is in the world! Why, so—that's well! – thou breath'st!
[Exit Zillah, calling on her parents. breathe upon me!
Cain (solus). And who hath brought him Oh, God! Oh, God!
there?-1-who abhor Abel (very faintly). What's he who speaks The name of Death so deeply, that the of God?
thought Cain. Thy murderer.
Empoison'd all my life, before I knew Abel. Then may God forgive him! Cain, His aspect-I have led him here, and given Comfort poor Zillah : – she has but one My brother to his cold and still embrace, brother
As if he would not have asserted his Now.
[Abel dies. Inexorable claim without my aid. Cain. And I none! Who makes me I am awake at last-a dreary dream brotherless ?
Had madden'd me;—but he shall ne'er His eyes are open! then he is not dead!
awake! Death is like sleep; and sleep shuts down our lids.
Enter Adam, Eve, Adan, and ZILLAH. His lips, too, are apart; why then he Adam. A voice of woe from Zillah brings breathes !
me here. And yet I feel it not.-His heart!— his What do I see?—'Tis true!- My son !
heart! Let me see, doth it beat?-methinks_No!_no! Woman, behold the serpent's work, and This is a vision, else I am become
Eve, Oh! speak not of it aowthe With scorpions! May his dreams bo of his serpent's fangs
victim ! Are in my heart. My best beloved, Abel! His waking a continual dread of death! Jehovah! this is punishment beyond May the clear rivers turn to blood as he A mother's sin, to take him from me! Stoops down to stain them with his raging Adam. Who
lip! Or what hath done this deed ?—speak, Cain, May every element shun or change to him! since thou
May he live in the pangs which others die Wert present: was it some more hostileangel,
with! Who walks not with Jehovah? or some wild And death itself wax something worse than Brute of the forest ?
death Eve. Ah! a livid light
To him who first acquainted him with man! Breaks through as from a thunder-cloud! Hence, fratricide! henceforth that word is yon brand,
Cain, Massy and bloody! snatch'd from off the Through all thecoming inyriads of mankind, altar,
Who shall abhor thee, though thou wert And black with smoke, and red with
their sire! Adam. Speak, my Son!
May the grass wither from thy feet! the Speak, and assure us, wretched as we are,
woods That we are not more miserable still. Deny thee shelter! earth a home! the dust
Adah. Speak,Cain! and say it was not thou! A grave! the sun his light! and heaven Eve. It was.
[Erit Rre. I see it now-he hangs his guilty head, Adam. Cain! get thee forth : we dwell And covers his ferocious eye with hands
no jore together. Incarnadine.
Depart! and leave the dead to me-1 am Adah. Mother, thou dost him wrong - Henceforth alone_we never must meet more. Cain ! clear thee from this horrible accusal, Adah. Oh, part not with him thus, my Which grief wrings from our parent.
father : do not Eve. Hear, Jehovah !
Add thy deep curse to Eve's upon his head! May the eternal serpent's curse be on him! Adam. I curse him not: his spirit be his For he was fitter for his seed than ours. May all his days be desolate! May- Come, Zillah ! Adah. Hold !
Zillah. I must watch my husband's corse. Curse him not, mother, for he is thy son- Adam. We will return again, when he is Curse him not, mother, for he is my brother,
gone And my betroth’d.
Who hath provided for us this dread office. Eve. He hath left thee no brother Come, Zillah ! Zillah no husband -me no son!- for thus Zillah. Yet one kiss on yon pale clay, I curse him from my sight for evermore! And those lips once so warm- my heart! All bonds I break between us, as he broke That of his nature,in yon-Oh death ! death!
[Ereunt Adam and Zilah weeping. Why didst thou not take me, who first in- Adah. Cain! thou hast heard, we must curr'd thee?
go forth. I am ready, Why dost thou not so now?
So shallour children be. I will bear Enoch, Adam. Eve! let not this,
And you his sister. Ere the sun declines Thy natural grief, lead to impiety! Let us depart, nor walk the wilderness A heavy doom was long forespoken to us; Under the cloud of night.-Nay, speak to me, And now that it begins, let it be borne To me-thine oun. In such sort as may show our God, that we Cain. Leave me ! Are faithful servants to his holy will. Adah. Why, all have left thee. Eve (pointing to Cain). His will!! the Cain. And wherefore lingerest thou ? will of yon incarnate spirit
Dost thou not fear Ofdeath,whom I have brought upon the earth To dwell with one who hath done this ? To strew it with the dead. May all the curses Adah. I fear Of life be on him! and his agonies Nothing except to leave thee, much as I Drive him forth o'er the wilderness, like us Shrink from the deed which leaves theo From Eden, till his children do by him
brotherless. As he did by his brother! May the swords I must not speak of this, it is between thee And wings of fiery cherubim pursue him and the great God. By day and night-snakes spring up in his A Voice from within esclaims, path—
Cain! Cain ! Earth's fruits be ashes in his mouth the Adah! Hearst thou that voice? leaves
The Voice within. On which he lays his head to sleep be Cain! Cain ! strew'd
Adah. It soundeth like an angel's tone.
Enter the Angel of the Lord. Ere yet my mother's mind subsided from Where is thy brother Abel ?
The serpent, and my sire still mourn'd for Cain. Am I then
Eden. My brother's keeper ?
That which I am, I am; I did not seek Angel. Cain! what hast thou done? For life, nor did I make myself; but could I The voice of thy slain brother's blood cries With my own death redeem him from the out,
dust -Even from the ground, unto the Lord !— And why not so ? let him return to day, Now art thou
And I lie ghastly! so shall be restored Cursed from the earth, which open'd late By God the life to him he loved : and taken her mouth
From me a being I ne'er loved to bear. To drink thy brother's blood from thy rash Angel. Who shall heal murder ? what hand.
is done is done. Henceforth, when thou shalt till the Go forth ! fulfil thy days! and be thy deeds ground, it shall not
Unlike the last! [The Angel disappears. Yield thee her strength;a fugitive shalt thou Adah. He's gone, let us go forth; Be from this day, and vagabond on earth! I hear our little Enoch cry within Adah. This punishment is more than he Our bower. can bear.
Cain. Ah ! little knows he what he weeps Behold, thou drivest him from the face of
And I who have shed blood cannot shed tears! And from the face of God shall he be hid. But the four rivers would not cleanse my A fugitive und vagabund on earth,
soul. 'Twill come to pass, that who so findeth him Thinkst thou my boy will bear to look on Shall slay him.
Cain. Would they could ! but who are they Adah. If I thought that he would not, Shall slay me? where are these on the lone I would earth
Cain (interrupting her). No, As yet unpeopled
No more of threats : we have had too many Angel. Thou hast slain thy brother.
of them: And who shall warrant thee against thy son? Go to our children; I will follow thee.
Adah. Angel of Light! be merciful,nor say Adah. I will not leave thee lonely with That this poor aching breast now nourishes
the dead ; A murderer in my boy, and of his father. Let us depart together. Angel. Then he would but be what his Cain. Oh! thou dead father is.
And everlasting witness! whose insinking Did not the milk of Eve give nutriment Blood darkens earth and heaven! what thou To him thou now seest so besmear'd with
now art, blood ?
I know not! but if thou seest what I am, The fratricide night well engender parri- I think thou wilt forgive him, whom his God cides.
Can ne'er forgive, nor his own soul. But it shall not be so — the Lord thy God Farewell! And mine commandeth me to set his seal I must not, dare not touch what I have On Cain, so that he may go forth in safety.
made thee. Who slayeth Caiņ, a gevenfold vengeance I, who sprung from the same womb with shall
thee, drain'd Be taken on his head. Come hither! The same breast,clasp'd thee often to my own, Cain. What
In fondness brotherly and boyish, I Wouldst thou with me?
Can ncver meet thee more, nor even dare Angel. To mark upon thy brow To do that for thee, which thou shouldst Exemption from such deeds as thou hast done.
have done Cain. No, let me die!
For me – compose thy limbs into their Angel. It must not be.
grave[The Angel sets the mark on Cain's brow. The first grave yet dug for mortality. Cain. It burns
But who hath dug that grave? Oh, earth! My brow, but nonght to that which is Oh, earth! within it.
For all the fruits thou hast render'd to me, I Is there more ? let me meet it as I may.
Give thee back this._Now for the wilderness. Angel. Stern hast thou been and stub- [Adah stoops down and kisses the body born from the womb,
of Abel. As the ground thou must henceforth till; Adah. A dreary, and an early doom, but he
my brother, Thou slew'st was gentle as the flocks he Has been thy lot! Of all who mourn for tended.
thee, Cain. After the fall too soon was I begotten; I alone must not weep. My office is
Henceforth to dry up tears, and not to shed Cain. And he who lieth there was childthem;
less. I But yet, of all who mourn, nono mourn Have dried the fountain of the gentle
Not only for thyself, but him who slew thee. Which might have graced his recent mar-
of mine, 'Tis the most desolate, and suits my steps. Uniting with our children Abel's offspring! Adah. Lead! thou shalt be my guide, O Abel! and may our God
Adah. Peace be with him ! Be thine! Now let us carry forth our children. Cain. But with me!
SCENE I. - A woody and mountainous Anah. But, Aholibamah, district near Mount Ararat.-TIME – I love our God less since his angel loved me: midnight.
This cannot be of good; and though I
know not Enter Anal and AROLIBAMAA.
That I do wrong, I feel a thousand fears Anah. Our father sleeps : it is the hour which are not oninous of right. when they
Ahol. Then wed thee Who love us are accustom'd to descend Unto some son of clay, and toil and spin! Through the deep clouds o'er rocky Ararat:_ There's Japhet loves thee well, hath loved How my heart beats !
Anah. I should have loved
I am glad he is not. I can not outlive Ahol. So do I, but not with fear
him, Of aught save their delay.
And when I think that his immortal wings
Will one day hover o'er the sepulchre
As he adores the Highest, death becomes
His grief will be of ages, or at least