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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
Sprinkle the dusky groves and the green banks
In the dim twilight, brighter than yon world
Which bears them.

Lucifer. Thou hast seen both worms and worlds,
Each bright and sparkling—what dost think of them?

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
I dare not gaze on further.

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;
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 /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.
And wore the look of worlds. 170

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.
The very blue of the empurpled night 180
Fades to a dreary twilight, yet I see
Huge dusky masses: but unlike the worlds
We were approaching, which, begirt with light,
Seem'd full of life even when their atmosphere
Of light gave way, and show'd them taking shapes
Unequal, of deep valleys and vast mountains;
And some emitting sparks, and some displaying
Enormous liquid plains, and some begirt
With luminous belts, and floating moons, which took,
Like them, the features of fair earth :—instead, 19
All here seems dark and dreadful.

Lucifer. But distinct.

Thou seekest to behold death and dead things?

Cain. I seek it not: but as I know there are
Such, and that my sire's sin makes him and me,
And all that we inherit, liable
To such, I would behold at once, what I
Must one day see perforce. Lucifer. Behold.

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.

Lucifer. Advance!

Cain. And thou!

Lucifer. Fear not—without me thou

Couldst not have gone beyond thy world. On! on!

f They disappear through the clouds.

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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;
A shudder comes o'er me—

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.

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