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Of desolation, and the stillness of
Such is the sullen or the fitful state
And many signs and portents have proclaim'd
A change at hand, and an o'erwhelming doom To perishable beings. Oh, my Anah! When the dread hour denounced shall open wide
The fountains of the deep,how mightest thou Have lain within this bosom, folded from The elements; this bosom, which in vain Hath beat for thee, and then will beat more vainly,
While thine-Oh, God! at least remit to her Thy wrath! for she is pure amidst the failing, As a star in the clouds, which cannot quench, Although they obscure it for an hour. My Anah!
How would I have adored thee, but thou wouldst not;
And still would I redeem thee-see thee live
Enter NoАH and SEM.
Noah. Where is thy brother Japhet? Sem. He went forth, According to his wont, to meet with Irad, He said; but, as I fear, to bend his steps Towards Anah's tents, round which he hovers nightly,
Like a dove round and round its pillaged nest;
Or else he walks the wild up to the cavern Which opens to the heart of Ararat.
Noah. What doth he there? It is an evil spot
Upon an earth all evil; for things worse Than even wicked men resort there: he Still loves this daughter of a fated race, Although he could not wed her if she loved him,
And that she doth not. Oh, the unhappy hearts
Of men! that one of my blood, knowing well
In such forbidden yearnings! Lead the way;
Sem. Go not forward, father:
I will seek Japhet.
Noah. Do not fear for me:
All evil things are powerless on the man Selected by Jehovah-let us on.
Sem. To the tents of the father of the sisters?
Noah. No; to the cavern of the Caucasus. [Exeunt Noah and Sem.
SCENE III-The mountains.—A cavern, and the rocks of Caucasus.
Japhet (solus). Ye wilds, that look eternal; and thou cave,
Which seemst unfathomable; and ye mountains,
So varied and so terrible in beauty;
In perpendicular places, where the foot
Ye look eternal! Yet, in a few days, Perhaps even hours, ye will be changed, rent, hurled
Before the mass of waters; and yon cave, Which seems to lead into a lower world, Shall have its depths search'd by the sweeping wave,
And dolphins gambol in the lion's den!
Alas! what am I better than ye are,
Scarce less beloved, where I despaired for her?
And can it be!-Shall yon exulting peak, Whose glittering top is like a distant star, Lie low beneath the boiling of the deep? No more to have the morning-sun break forth, And scatter back the mists in floating folds From its tremendous brow? no more to have Day's broad orb drop behind its head at even, Leaving it with a crown of many hues? No more to be the beacon of the world, For angels to alight on, as the spot Nearest the stars? And can those words
Shall slumber o'er the wreck of this until
So young, so mark'd out for destruction, I
I cannot save thee, cannot save even her Whose love had made me love thee more;
A portion of thy dust, I cannot think Upon thy coming doom without a feeling Such as-Oh God! and canst thou
[He pauses. A rushing sound from the cavern, is heard and shouts of laughter—afterwards a Spirit passes.
Japhet. In the name
Of the Most High, what art thou?
Spirit (laughs). Ha! Ha!
Japhet. By the approaching deluge! by the earth
Which will be strangled by the ocean! by The deep which will lay open all her fountains!
The Heaven which will convert her clouds to seas!
And the Omnipotent who makes and crushes! Thou unknown, terrible, and indistinct, Yet awful Thing of Shadows, speak to me! Why dost thou laugh that horrid laugh? Spirit. Why weepst thou?
Japhet. For earth and all her children. Spirit. Ha! Ha! Ha! [Spirit vanishes. Japhet. How the fiend mocks the tortures
Nor years, nor heart-break, nor Time's sapping motion,
Shall they drop off. Behold their last to
Earth shall be ocean!
And no breath,
Save of the winds, be on the unbounded wave!
Angels shall tire their wings, but find no spot:
Not even a rock from out the liquid grave Shall lift its point to save,
Or show the place where strong Despair hath died,
After long looking o'er the ocean wide
Another element shall be the lord
Unchanged, or of the level plain;
All merged within the universal fountain, Man, earth, and fire, shall die,
With a base heart so far subdued and tamed, As even to hear this wide destruction named, Without such grief and courage, as should
Bid thee await the world-dissolving wave, Than seek a shelter with thy favour'd father, And build thy city o'er the drown'd Earth's grave?
Who would outlive their kind,
As of a different order in the sphere,
But not our own.
There is not one who hath not left a throne Vacant in Heaven to dwell in darkness here, Rather than see his mates endure alone.
Go, wretch! and give
A life like thine to other wretches-live!
Chorus of Spirits issuing from the cavern.
No more the human voice
Shall vex our joys in middle air
Shall they adore;
And we, who ne'er for ages have adored The prayer-exacting Lord,
To whom the omission of a sacrifice
We, we shall view the deep salt sources
Until one element shall do the work
Of all in chaos; until they, The creatures proud of their poor clay, Shall perish, and their bleached bones shall lurk
In caves,in dens,in clefts of mountains, where The Deep shall follow to their latest lair;
Where even the brutes, in their despair, Shall cease to prey on man and on each other, And the striped tiger shall lie down to die Beside the lamb, as though he were his brother;
Till all things shall be as they were, Silent and uncreated, save the sky: While a brief truce
Is made with Death, who shall forbear The little remnant of the past creation, To generate new nations for his use;
This remnant, floating o'er the undulation Of the subsiding deluge, from its slime, When the hot sun hath baked the reeking soil
Into a world, shall give again to Time New beings-years - diseases
With all companionship of hate and toil, Until
Japhet (interrupting them). The eternal will
Shall deign to expound this dream
Unto Himself all times, all things; And,gath er'd under his almighty wings, Abolish hell!
And to the expiated Earth
Restore the beauty of her birth, Her Eden in an endless paradise, Where man no more can fall as once he fell, And even the very demons shall do well! Spirits. And when shall take effect this wondrous spell?
Japhet. When the Redeemer cometh; first in pain,
And then in glory.
Spirits. Meantime still struggle in the mortal chain,
Till earth wax hoary; ́
War with yourselves, and Hell, and Heaven, in vain,
Until the clouds look gory
With the blood reeking from each battleplain;
New times, new climes, new arts, new men; but still
The same old tears, old crimes, and oldest ill, Shall be amongst your race in different forms;
But the same moral storms
Shall oversweep the future, as the waves In a few hours the glorious Giants' graves.
But still rejoice!
So perish all
Which in the open firmament of Heaven Have wings like angels, and like them salute Heaven first each day before the Adamites! Their matins now draw nigh—the East is kindling
And they will sing! and day will break! Both near,
So near the awful close! For these must drop Their outworn pinions on the deep; and day, After the bright course of a few brief
Ay, day will rise; but upon what? A chaos, Which was ere day; and which, renew'd, makes time
Nothing! for, without life, what are the hours?
No more to dust than is eternity
Which has no fountain; as his race will be Devour'd by that which drowns his infant
What have we here? Shapes of both earth and air?
No-all of Heaven, they are so beautiful.
These petty foes of Heaven who shrink For which I have so often pray'd-They from Hell!
[The Spirits disappear, soaring | Anah! oh God! and with her
Japhet (solus). God hath proclaim'd the
destiny of Earth;
My father's ark of safety hath announced it;
Shakes them no more in their dim disbelief,
To save this beautiful-these beautiful
Azaziel. From what?
That ye too know not? Angels! angels! ye Have shared man's sin, and, it may be, now must
Partake his punishment; or at the least
Samiasa. Sorrow! I ne'er thought till now
Aholibamah. So be it!
If they love as they are loved, they will not shrink
More to be mortal, than I would to dare An immortality of agonies
The Ark which shall receive a remnant of The seed of Seth!
Aholibamah. And dost thou think that we, With Cain's, the eldest-born of Adam's, blood Warm in our veins,-strong Cain! who was begotten
In Paradise, would mingle with Seth's children?
Seth, the last offspring of old Adam's dotage?
No, not to save all earth, were earth in peril! Our race hath always dwelt apart from thine From the beginning, and shall do so ever.
Japhet. I did not speak to thee,Aholibamah! Too much of the forefather, whom thou vauntest,
Has come down in that haughty blood which springs
From him who shed the first, and that a brother's!
But thou, my Anah! let me call thee mine, Albeit thou art not; 'tis a word I cannot Part with, although I must from thee. My Anah !
Thou who dost rather make me dream
Had left a daughter, whose pure pious race Survived in thee, so much unlike thou art The rest of the stern Cainites, save in beauty, For all of them are fairest in their favourAholibamah (interrupting him).
And wouldst thou have her like our father's foe
In mind, in soul? If I partook thy thought, And dream'd that aught of Abel was in her!Get thee hence, son of Noah; thou mak'st strife.
Japhet. Offspring of Cain,thy father did so! Aholibamah. But
He slew not Seth; and what hast thou to do With other deeds between his God and him? Japhet. Thou speakest well: his God
hath judged him, and
I had not named his deed, but that thyself Didst seem to glory in him, nor to shrink From what he had done.
Aholibamah. He was our fathers' father; The eldest-born of man, the strongest,
And most enduring:-Shall I blush forhim, From whom we had our being? Look upon