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Lucifer. What, if I show to thee things which have
Cain. Do so.
from us !
'Tis now beyond thee, Less, in the universe, than thou in it ; Yet deem not that thou canst escape it: thou Shalt soon return to earth and all its dust : 'Tis part of thy eternity, and mine.
150 Cain. Where dost thou lead me ? Lucifer.
To what was before thee, The phantasm of the world; of which thy world Is but the wreck. Cain.
What! is it not then new ? Lucifer. No more than life is; and that was ere thou Or I were, or the things which seem to us Greater than either : many things will have No end; and some, which would pretend to have Had no beginning, have had one as mean As thou; and mightier things have been extinct To make way for much meaner than we can Surmise; for moments only and the space Have been and must be all unchangeable. But changes make not death, except to clay : But thou art clay—and canst but comprehend
Cain. Clay, spirit! what thou wilt, I can survey.
But the lights fade from me fast,
And such they are.
Cain. And Edens in them ?
It may be.
And men ?
Ay! and serpents too? Lucifer. Wouldst thou have men without them? must
no reptiles Breathe save the erect ones? Cain.
How the lights recede ! Where fly we?
Lucifer. To the world of phantoms, which
Cain. But it grows dark, and dark—the stars are gone!
'Tis a fearful light!
Cain. I seek it not : but as I know there are
Lucifer. And so it shall be ever ; but we will
Enormous vapours roll
Can I return?
The clouds still open wide
Lucifer. Advance !
And thou !
Fear not-without me thou Couldst not have gone beyond thy world. On ! on!
[They disappear through the clouds.
They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
Why wert thou so dear?
Who knew thee too well :-
Too deeply to tell.