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And night, and worlds which these illuminate
Or shadow, madest beings to enjoy them,
And love them and thee all hail! all hail!

ADAH.

God, the Eternal! Parent of all things!
Who didst create these best and beautous beings,
To be beloved, more than all, save thee-
Let me love thee and them: --All hail! all hail!

ZILLAH.

Oh, God! who loving, making, blessing all,
Yet didst permit the serpent to creep in,
And drive my father forth from Paradise,
Keep us from further evil :-hail! all hail!

ADAM.

Son Cain, my first-born, wherefore art thou silent?

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But thou, my eldest-born, art silent still.

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CAIN. 'T is better I should be so.

ADAM.

Wherefore so?

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CAIN.

I've nought to ask.

ADAM.
Nor aught to thank for?

CAIN.

No.

ADAM.

Dost thou not live?

CAIN.
Must I not die?

EVE.

Alas!
The fruit of our forbidden tree begins
To fall.

ADAM.

And we must gather it again.
Oh, God! why didst thou plant the tree of knowledge?

CAIN.
And wherefore pluck'd ye not the tree of life?
Ye might have then defied him!

ADAM.

Oh! my son, Blaspheme not: these are serpent's words.

CAIN.

Why not? The snake spoke truth: it was the tree of knowledge; It was the tree of life :-knowledge is good, And life is good; and how can both be evil?

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