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-Lucifer. Art thou not nearer? Look back to thine earth!
Cain. Where is it? I see nothing save a mass Of most innumerable lights. 120 Lucifer. Look there!
Cain. I cannot see it.
Lucifer. Yet it sparkles still.
Cain. That!—yonder!Lucifer. Yea.
Cain. And wilt thou tell me so?
Why, I have seen the fire-flies and fire-worms
Lucifer. Thou hast seen both worms and worlds,
Cain. That they are beautiful in their own sphere, And that the night, which makes both beautiful, The little shining fire-fly in its flight, 130 And the immortal star in its great course, Must both be guided.
Lucifer. But by whom or what?
Cain. Show me.
Lucifer. Dar'st thou behold?
Cain. How know I what
I dare behold? As yet thou hast shown nought
Lucifer. On, then, with me.
Wouldst thou behold things mortal or immortal?
Cain. Why, what are things?
Lucifer. Both partly; but what doth
Sit next thy heart?
Cain, The things I see.
Lucifer. But what
Sate nearest it?
Cain. The things I have not seen,
Nor ever shall—the mysteries of death. 140
Lucifer. What, if I show to thee things which have died, As I have shown thee much which cannot die?Cain. Do so.
Lucifer. Away, then, on our mighty wings.
Cain. Oh, how we cleave the blue! The stars fade from us!The earth! where is my earth? Let me look on it, For I was made of it.
Lucifer. 'Tis now beyond thee,
Less, in the universe, than thou in it;
Cain. Where dost thou lead me?
Lucifer. To what was before thee ,
The phantasm of the world; of which thy world
Cain. What! is it not then new?
Lucifer. No more than life is; and that was ere thou Or /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 160 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 That which was clay; and such thou shalt behold.
Cain. Clay, spirit! what thou wilt, I can survey.
Lucifer. Away, then!
Cain. But the lights fade from me fast,
And some till now grew larger as we approach'd.
Luciftr, And such they are.
Cain. And Edens in them?
Lucifer. It may be.
Cain. And men?
Lucifer. Yea, or things higher.
Cain. 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 Are beings past, and shadows still to come.
Cain. But it grows dark, and dark—the stars are gone!
Lucifer. And yet thou seest.
Cain. 'Tis a fearful light!
No sun, no moon, no lights innumerable.
Lucifer. But distinct.
Thou seekest to behold death and dead things?
Cain. I seek it not: but as I know there are
Cain. 'Tis darkness.
Lucifer. And so it shall be ever; but we will Unfold its gates!
Cain. Enormous vapours roll
Apart—what's this?Lucifer. Enter! aoo
Cain. Can I return?
Lucifer. Return! be sure: how else should death be peopled?Its present realm is thin to what it will be, Through thee and thine.
Cain. The clouds still open wide
And wider, and make widening circles round us.
Cain. And thou!
Lucifer. Fear not—without me thou
Couldst not have gone beyond thy world. On! on!
f They disappear through the clouds.
The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow— 10 It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now. Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame: I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.
They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
Why wert thou so dear? They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee too well:— Long, long shall I rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.