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Japhet. May the Heaven, which soon no Samiasa. Of death to us! and those who

are with us! Will pardon, do so! for thou art greatly But that the man secms full of sorrow, 1 tempted.

Could smile. Aholibamah. Back to thy tents, insulting Japhet. I grieve not for myself, nor fear; son of Noah !

I am safe, not for my own deserts, but those We know thee not.

Of a well-doing sire, who hath been found Japhet. The hour may come when thou Righteous enough to save his children. Mayst know me better; and thy sister know

Would Me still the same which I have ever been. His power was greater of redemption! or Samiasa. Son of the Patriarch, who hath That by exchanging my own life for hers, ever been

Who could alone have made mine happy,she, Upright before his God, whate'er thy griefs, The last and loveliest of Cain's race, conld And ihy words seem of sorrow,

mix'd with

share wrath,

The Ark which shall receive a remnant of How have Azaziel,or myself, brought on thee The seed of Seth! Wrong?

Aholibamah. And dost thou think that we, Japhet. Wrong! the greatest of all wrongs; With Cain's, the eldest-born of Adam's, blood but thou

Warm in our veins,—strong Cain! who was Sayst well! though she be dust, I did not, begotten could not,

In Paradise, -would mingle with Seth's Deserve her. Farewell, Anah! I have said

children ? That word so often! but now say it, ne'er Seth, the last offspring of old Adam's To be repeated. Angel! or whate'er

dotage ? Thou art, or must be soon, hast thou the No, not to save all earth, were earth in peril! power

Our race hath always dwelt apart from thine To save this beantiful-these beautiful From the beginning, and shall do so ever. Children of Cain?

Japhet. I did not speak to thee,Aholibamah! Azaziel. From what ?

Too much of the forefather, whom thou Japhet. And is it so,

vauntest, That ye too know not? Angels! angels! ye Has come down in that haughty blood Have shared man's sin, and, it may be,

which springs now must

From him who shed the first, and that a Partake his punishment; or at the least

brother's! My sorrow.

But thou, my Anah! let me call thee mine, Samiasa. Sorrow! I ne'er thought till now Albeit thou art not; 'tis a word I cannot To hear an Adamite speak riddles to me. Part with, although I must from thee. My Japhet. And hath not the Most High

Anah ! expounded them?

Thou who dost rather make me dream Then ye are lost, as they are lost.

that Abel Aholibamah. So be it!

Had left a daughter, whose pure pious race If they love as they are loved, they will Survived in thee, so much unlike thou art not shrink

The rest of the stern Cainites, save in beanty, More to be mortal, than I would to dare For all of them are fairest in their favourAn immortality of agonies

Aholibamah (interrupting him). With Samiasa!

And wouldst thou have her like onr Anah. Sister! sister! speak not

father's foe Thus.

In mind, in soul? If I partook thy thought, Azaziel. Fearest thon, my Anal ? And dream'd that aught of Abel was in her! Anah. Yes, for thee;

Get thee hence, son of Noah; thou 'mak'st I would resign the greater remnant of

strife. This little life of mine, before one hour Japhet. Offspring of Cain,thy father did so! Of thine eternity should know a pang. Aholibamah. But Japhet. It is for him, then! for the Seraph He slew not Seth; and what hast thou to do thou

With other deeds between his God and him? Hast left me! That is nothing, if thou hast not Japhet. Thou speakest well: his God Left thy God too! for unions like to these, hath judged him, and Between a mortal and immortal, cannot I had not named his deed, but that thyself Be happy or be hallow'd. We are sent Didst seem to glory in him, nor to shrink Upon the earth to toil and die; and they From what he had done. Are made to minister on high unto

Aholibamah. He was our fathers' father; The Highest; but if he can save thee, soon The eldest-born of man, the strongest, The hour will come in which celestial aid

bravest, Alone can do so.

And most enduring:-Shall I blush for him, Anah. Ah! he speaks of death.

From whom we had our being? Look upon

Our race; behold their stature and their | Dost thou here with these children of the beauty,

wicked ? Their courage, strength, and length of days - Dreadst thou not to partake their coming Japhet. They are number'd

doom? Aholibamah. Be it so! but while yet Japhet. Father, it cannot be a sin to seek their hours endure,

To save an earth-born being; and behold, I glory in my brethren and our fathers ! These are not of the sinful, since they have Japhet. My sire and race but glory in The fellowship of angels. their God,

NoahThese are they, then, Anah! and thou?

Who leave the throne of God, to take them Anah. Whate'er our God decrees,

wives The God of Seth as Cain, I must obey, From out the race of Cain; the song of And will endeavour patiently to obey:

Heaven, But could I dare to pray in his dread hour Who seek Earth's daughters for their beauty? Of universal vengeance (if such should be), Azaziel. Patriarch! It would not be to live, alone exempt Thou hast said it. Of all my house. My sister! Oh, my sister! Noah. Woe, woe, woe to such communion! What were the world, or other worlds, or all Has not God made a barrier between Earth The brightest future without the sweet past- And Heaven, and limited each, kind to kind? Thy love - my father's-all the life, and all Samiasa. Was not man made in high The things which sprung up with me, like Jehovah's image? the stars,

Did God not love what he had made? And Making iny dim existence radiant with

what Soft lights which were not mine? Aholi- Do we but imitate and emulato bamah!

His love unto created love? Oh! if there should be mercy-seek it, find it: Noah. I am I abhor death, because that thou must die. But man,and was not made to judge mankind, Aholibamah. What! hath this dreamer, Far less the sons of God, but as our God with his father's ark,

Has deign’d to commune with me, and reveal The bugbear he hath built to scare the His judgments, I reply, that the descent world,

Of Seraphs from their everlasting seat Shaken my sister? Are we not the loved Unto a perishable and perishing, Of Seraphs ? and if we were not, must we Even on the very eve of perishing, world, Cling to a son of Noah for our lives? Cannot be good. Rather than thus_But the enthusiast dreams Azaziel. What! though it were to save ? The worst of dreams, the fantasies engender'd Noah. Not ye in all your glory can redeem By hopeless love and heated vigils. Who What He who made you glorious hath Shall shake these solid mountains, this firm

condemn'd. earth,

Were your immortal mission safety, 'twould And bid those clouds and waters take a shape Be general, not for two, though beautiful, Distinct from that which we and all our sires And beautiful they are, but not the less Have seen them wear on their eternal way? Condenın'd. Who shall do this?

Japhel. Oh father! say it not. Japhet. He,whose one word produced them. Noah. Son! son! Aholibamah. Who heard that word ? If that thou wouldst avoid their doom, forget Japhet. The Universe, which leap'd That they exist; they soon shall cease to be, To life before it. Ah! smil'st thou still in While thou shalt be the sire of a new world, scorn ?

And better. Turn to thy Seraphs; if they attest it not, Japhet. Let me die with this, and them! They are none.

Noah. Thou shouldst for such a thought, Samiasa. Aholibamah, own thy God!

but shalt not; He Aholibamah. I have ever hail'd Our Who can, redeems thee. Maker, Samiasa,

Samiasa. And why him and thee, As thine, and mine : a God of love, not More than what he, thy son, prefers to both?

Noah. Ask him who made thee greater Japhet. Alas! what else is Love but

than myself Sorrow? Even

And mine, but not less subject to his own He who made earth in love, had soon to Almightiness. And lo! his mildest and grieve

Least to be tempted Messenger appears ! Above its first and best inhabitants. Aholibamah. 'Tis said so,

Enter RAPHAEL the Archangel. Japhet. It is even so.

Raphael. Spirits!

Whose seat is near the throne, Enter Noah and SEM.

What do ye here? Noah. Japhet! What

Is thus a Seraph's duty to be shown

sorrow.

Now that the hour is near In their immeasurable forfeiture.
When earth must be alone ?

Our brother Satan fell, his burning will
Return !

Rather than longer worship dared endure ! Adore and burn

But ye who still are pure! In glorious homage with the elected “soven." Seraphs! less mighty than that mightiest one, Your place is Heaven,

Think how he was undone ! Samiasa. Raphael !

And think if tempting man can compensate The first and fairest of the sons of God, For Heaven desired too late ? How long hath this been law,

Long have I warr’d,
That earth by angels must be left untrod?

Long must I war
Earth! which oft saw

With him who deem'd it hard Jehovah's footsteps not disdain her sod! To be created, and to acknowledge him

The world He loved, and made Who 'midst the cherubim For love; and oft have we obey'd Made him as suns to a dependant star, His frequent mission with delighted pinions. Leaving the archangels at his right hand dim.

AdoringHim in his least worksdisplay'd; I loved him_beautiful he was: oh Heaven! Watching this youngest star of His domi- Save His who made, what beauty and what nions :

power And as the latest birth of His great word, Was ever like to Satan's! Would the bour Eager to keep it worthy of our Lord. In which he fell could ever be forgiven!

Why is thy brow severe? The wish is impions: but oh ye! And wherefore speakst thou of destruction Yet nndestroy'd, be warn'd ! Eternity near?

With bim, or with his God, is in your Raphael. Had Samiasa and Azaziel been

choice: in their true place, with the angelic He hath not tempted you, he cannot tempt choir,

The angels, from his further snares exempt;
Written in fire

But man hath listend to his voice,
They would have seen

And ye to woman's beautiful she is, Jehovah's late decree, The serpent's voice less subtle than her kiss; And not inquired their Maker's breath of me: The snake but vanquish'd dust; but she But ignorance must ever be

will draw A part of sin;

A second host from Heaven, to break HeaAnd even the spirits' knowledge shall grow

ven's law. less

Yet, yet, oh fly!
As they wax proud within;

Ye cannot die,
For Blindness is the first-born of Excess.
When all good angels left the world, ye

Shall pass away,
stay'd,

While ye shall fill with shrieks the upper sky Stung with strange passions, and debased For perishable clay,

By mortal feelings for a mortal maid; Whose memory in your immortality But ye are pardon'd thus far, and replaced Shall long outlast the sun which gavo With your pure equals: Hence! away! away!

them day. Or stay,

Think how your essence differeth from theirs And lose eternity by that delay! In all but suffering! Why partake taiel. And Thou! if earth be thus The agony to which they must be heirsforbidden

Born to be plough'd with years, and sown In the decree

with cares, To us until this moment hidden, And reap'd by Death, lord of the human soil? Dost thou not err as we

Even had their days been left to toil their path In being here?

Through time to dust, unshorten’d by God's Raphael. I came to call ye back to your

wrath, fit sphere,

Still they are Evil's prey and Sorrow's spoil. In the great name and at the word of God! Aholibamah. Let them fly! Dear, dearest in themselves, and scarce less I hear the voice which says that all must die, dear

Sooner than our white-bearded Patriarchs That which I came to do: till now we trod Together the eternal space, together

And that on high Let us still walk the stars. True, Earth

An ocean is prepared, must die!

While from below Her race, return'd into her womb, must The deep shall rise to meet Heaven's wither,

overflow. And much which she inherits; but oh! why

Few shall be spared, Cannot this earth be made, or be destroy'd, It seems ; and, of that few, the racc of Cain Without involving ever some vast void Must lift their eyes to Adam's God in vain. la the immortal ranks? immortal still .

Sister! since it is so,

But they

died;

And the eternal Lord

Father! and thon, archangel, thou ! In vain would be implored

Surely celestial Mercy lurks below For the remission of one hour of woo, That pure severe serenity of brow :

Let us resign even what we have adored, Let them not meet this sea without a shore, And meet the wave, as we would meet the Save in our ark, or let me be no more! sword,

Noah. Peace, child of passion, peace ! If not unmoved, yet undismay'd, If not within thy heart, yet with thy tongue And wailing less for us than those who shall Do God no wrong! Survive in mortal or immortal thrall, Live as he wills it-die, when he ordains,

And, when the fatal waters are allay'd, A righteous death, unlike the seed of Cain's. Weep for the myriads who can weep no more. Cease, or be sorrowful in silence; cease Fly, Seraphs! to your own eternal shore, To weary Heaven's ear with thy selfish plaint. Where winds nor howl nor waters roar. Wouldst thou have God commit a sin Our portion is to die,

for thee? And yours to live for ever;

Such would it be But which is best, a dead eternity,

To alter his intent Or living, is but known to the great Giver: For a mere mortal sorrow. Be a man!

Obey him, as we shall obey; And bear what Adam's race must bear, I would not keep this life of mine in clay

and can. An hour beyond His will; Japhet. Ay,father! but when they are gone, Nor see ye lose a portion of His grace, And we are all alone, For all the mercy which Seth's race Floating upon the azure desert, and Find still.

The depth beneath us hides our own dear Fly!

land, And as your pinions bear ye back to Heaven, And dearer, silent friends and brethren, al} Think that my love still inounts with thee Buried in its immeasurable breast, on high,

Who, who, our tears, our shrieks, shall Samiasa!

then command ? And if I look up with a tearless eye,

Can we in desolation's peace have resti 'Tis that an angel's bride disdains to weep.

Oh God! be thou a God, and spare Farewell! Now rise, inexorable Deep!

Yet while 'tis time!
Anah. And must we die ?

Renew not Adam's fall:
And must I lose thee too,

Mankind were then but twain,
Azaziel?

But they are numerous now as are the wares
Oh, my heart! my heart !

And the tremendous rain,
Thy prophecies were true, Whose drops shall be less thick than would
And yet thou wert so happy too!

their graves, The blow, though not unlook'd for, falls Were graves permitted to the seed of as new;

Cain.
But yet depart!

Noah. Silence, vain boy! each word of
Åh, why?

thine's a crime! Yet let me not retain thce-fly! Angel! forgive this stripling's fond despair. My pangs can be but brief; but thine

Raphael. Seraphs! these mortals speak would be

in passion : Ye, Eternal, if repulsed from Heaven for me. Who are, or should be, passionless and pure,

Too much already hast thou deignid May now return with me.
To one of Adam's race!

Samiasa. It may not be:
Our doom is sorrow; not to us alone, We have chosen, and will endure. .
But to the spirits who have not disdain'd Raphael. Sayst thon?
To love us, cometh anguish with disgrace. Azaziel. He hath said it, and I say, Amen!
The first who taught us knowledge hath Raphael. Again!
heen hurl'd

Then from this hour,
From his once archangelic throne Shorn as ye are of all celestial power,
Into some unknown world:

And aliens from your God,
And thou, Azaziel! No-

rewell!
Thou shalt not suffer woe

Japhet. Alas! where shall they dwell! For me. Away! nor weep!

Hark! hark! Deep sounds, and deeper still, Thou canst not weep; but yet

Are howling from the mountain's bosom: Mayst suffer more, not weeping: then There's not a breath of wind upon the hill, forget

Yet quivers every leaf, and drops each Her, whom the surges of the all-strangling

blossom: Deep

Earth groans as if beneath a heavy load. Can bring no pang like this. Fly! fly! Noah. Hark! hark! the sea-birds cry! Being gone, 'twill be less difficult to die. In clouds they overspread the lurid sky Japhet. Oh say not so!

And hover round the mountain, where before

Never a white wing, wetted by the wave, | Fear not, though we are shut from Heaven, Yet dared to soar,

Yet much is ours,whence we can notbedriven. Even when the waters wax'd too fierce Raphael. Rebel! thy words are wicked, to brave.

as thy deeds Svon it shall be their only shore,

Shall henceforth be but weak: the flaming And then, no more!

sword, Japhet. The sun! the sun!

Which chased the first-born out of Paradise, He riseth, but his better light is gone; Still flashes in the angelic hands. And a black circle, bound

Azaziel. It cannot slay us: threaten dust His glaring disk around,

with death, Proclaims earth's last of summer-days hath And talk of weapons unto that which bleeds! shone!

What are thy swords in our immortal eyes? The clouds return into the hues of night, Raphael. The moment cometh to approve Save where their brazen-colour'd edges thy strength; streak

And learn at length The verge where brighter morns were How vain to war with what thy God wont to break.

commands:
Noah. And lo! yon flash of light, Thy former force was in thy faith.
The distant thunder's harbinger, appears !
It cometh! hence, away,

Enter Mortals, flying for refuge.
Leave to the elements their evil prey!

Chorus of Mortals. Hence to where our all-hallow'd ark uprears The heavens and earth are mingling-God! Its safe and wreckless sides.

oh God! Japhet. Oh, father, stay!

What have we done? Yet spare! Leave not my Anah to the swallowing tides! Hark! even the forest-beasts howl forth Noah. Must we not leave all life to such?

their prayer! Begone!

The dragon crawls from out his den, Japhet. Not I.

To herd in terror innocent with men; Noah. Then die

And the birds scream their agony through air, With them!

Yet, yet, Jehovah! yet withdraw thy rod How dar'st thou look on that prophetic sky, of wrath, and pity thine own world's despair! And seek to save what all things now Hear not Man only but all Nature plead ! condemn,

Raphael. Farewell, thou earth! ye In overwhelming unison

wretched sons of clay, With just Jehovah's wrath? I cannot, must not aid you. "Tis decreed! Japhet. Can rage and justice join in the

[Erit Raphael. same path?

Japhet. Some clouds sweep on, as vulNoah. Blasphemer! dar'st thou murmur

tures for their prey, even now?

While others, fix'd as rocks, await the word Raphael. Patriarch, be still a father! At which theirwrathful vials shall be pour'd. smoothe thy brow:

No azure more shall robe the firmament, Thy son, despite his folly, shall not sink; Nor spangled stars be glorious : Death hath He knows not what he says, yet shall not drink

risen: With sobs the salt foam of the swelling in the Sun's place a pale and ghastly glare waters;

Hath wound itself around the dying air. But be, when Passion passeth, good as thou, Azaziel. Come, Anah! quit this chaos Nor perish like Heaven's children with

founded prison, Man's daughters.

To which the elements again repair, Aholibamah. The Tempest cometh; Hea- To turn it into what it was: beneath ven and Earth unite

The shelter of these wings thou shalt be safe, For the annihilation of all life. As was the eagle's nestling once within Unequal is the strife

Its mother's.

Let the coming chaos chafe Between our strength and the Eternal Might! With all its elements! Heed not their din! Samiasa. But ours is with thee: we will A brighter world than this, where thou bear ye far

shalt breathe To some un troubled star,

Ethereal life, will we explore : Where thou and Anah shall partake our lot: These darken'd clouds are not the only skies.

And if thou dost not weep for thy lost earth, [Azaziel and Samiasa fly off, and disOur forfeit Heaven shall also be forgot.

appear with Anah and Aholibamah. Anah. Oh! my dear father's tents, my Japhet. They are gone! They have displace of birth!

appear'd amidst the roar And mountains, land, and woods, when ye Of the forsaken world; and never more, are not,

Whether they live,or die with all earth's life, Who shall dry up my tears ?

Now near its last, can aught restore Asasiel. Thy Spirit-lord.

Anah unto these eyes.

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