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A weakness of the spirit - listless days, All evil things are powerless on the man
sisters? Of desolation, and the stillness of
Noah. No; to the cavern of the Caucasus. The untrodden forest, only broken by
(Ereunt Noah and Sem. The sweeping tempest through its groaning boughs ;
SCENE III.— The mountains.- A cavern, and Such is the sullen or the fitful state
the rocks of Caucasus. Of my mind overworn. The earth's grown wicked,
Japhet (solus). Ye wilds, that look eternal; And many signs and portents have pro
and thou cave, claim'd
Which seemst unfathomable; and ye mounA change at hand, and an o'erwhelming doom tains, To perishable beings. Oh, my Anah! So varied and so terrible in beauty; When the dread hour denounced shall open Here, in your rugged majesty of rocks wide
And toppling trees that twine their roots The fountains of the deep, how mightest thou with stone Hare lain within this bosom, folded from In perpendicular places, where the foot The elements ; this bosom, which in vain of man would tremble, could he reach Hath beat for thee, and then will beat
them-yes, more vainly,
Ye look eternal! Yet, in a few days, While thine-Oh, God! at least remit to her Perhaps even honrs, ye will be changed, Thy wrath! for she is pure amidst the sailing,
rent, hurled As a star in the clouds, which cannot quench, Before the mass of waters; and yon cave, Although they obscure it for an hour. Which seems to lead into a lower world, My Anah!
Shall have its depths search'd by the sweepHow would I have adored thee, but thou ing wave, wouldst not;
And dolphins gambol in the lion's den ! And still would I redeem thee - -see thee live And man - Oh,men ! my fellow-beings! Who When Ocean is Earth's grave,and, unopposed Shall weep above your universal grave, By rock or shallow, the Leviathan, Save I, who shall be left to weep? My Lord of the shoreless sea and watery world,
kinsmen, Shall wonder at his boundlessness of realm. Alas! what am I better than ye are,
[Erit Japhet. That I must live beyond ye? Where shall be
The pleasant places where I thought of Anah Enter Noah and Sen.
While I had hope? or the more savage Noah. Where is thy brother Japhet?
haunts, Sem. He went forth,
Scarce less beloved, where I despaired for According to his wont, to meet with Irad, her? He said; but, as I fear, to bend his steps And can it be!-Shall yon exulting peak, Towards Anah's tents, round which he Whose glittering top is like a distant star, hovers nightly,
Lie low beneath the boiling of the deep? Like a dove round and round its pillaged No more to have the morning-sun break forth,
And scatter back the mists in floating folds Or else he walks the wild up to the cavern From its tremendous brow? no more to have Which opens to the heart of Ararat. Day's broad orb drop behind its head at even, Noah. What doth he there? It is an evil Leaving it with a crown of many hues ? spot
No more to be the beacon of the world, Upon an earth all evil; for things worse For angels to alight on, as the spot Than even wicked men resort there: he Nearest the stars? And can those words Still loves this daughter of a fated race,
"no more" Although he could not wed her if she loved Be meant for thee, for all things, save for us, him,
And the predestined creeping things reserved And that she doth not.Oh, the unhappy By my sire to Jehovah's bidding? May hearts
He preserve them, and I not have the power Of men! that one of my blood, knowing well To snatch the loveliest of earth's daughters The destiny and evil of these days,
from And that the hour approacheth, 'should A doom which even some serpent, with his indulge
mate, In such forbidden yearnings! Lead the way; Shall 'scape to save his kind to be prolong'd, He must be sought for!
To hiss and sting through some emerging Sem. Go not forward, father :
Reeking and dank from out the slime, Noah. Do not fear for me :
I will seek Japhet.
Shall slumber o'er the wreck of this until Nor years, nor heart-break, nor Time's The salt morass subside into a sphere
sapping motion, Beneath the sun, and be the monument, Shall they drop off. Behold their last toThe sole and undistinguish'd sepulchre,
morrow! Of yet quick myriads of all life? How much Earth shall be ocean! Breath will be still'd at once! All-beauteous
And no breath, world!
Save of the winds, be on the unbounded So young, so mark'd out for destruction, I
wave! With a cleft heart look on thee day by day, Angels shall tire their wings, but find no And night by night, thy number'd days and
Not even a rock from out the liquid grave I cannot save thee, cannot save even her Shall lift its point to save, Whose love had made me love thee more; Or show the place where strong Despair but as
hath died, A portion of thy dust, I cannot think After long looking o'er the ocean wide Upon thy coming doom without a feeling For the expected ebb which cometh not: Such as-Oh God! and canst thou
All shall be void, [He pauses.
Another element shall be the lord A rushing sound from the cavern is heard
Of life, and the abhorr'd and shouts of laughter-afterwards a Children of dust be quench'd; and of each hue Spirit passes.
Of earth nought left but the unbroken blue; Japhet. In the name
And of the variegated mountain Of the Most High, what art thou?
Shall nought remain Spirit (laughs). Ha! Ha! Ha!
Unchanged, or of the level plain; Japhet. By all that earth holds holiest, Cedar and pine shall lift their tops in speak!
vain : Spirit (laughs). Ha! Ha!
All merged within the universal fountain, Japhet. By the approaching deluge! by Man, earth, and fire, shall die, the earth
And sea and sky Which will be strangled by the ocean! by Look vast and lifeless in the eternal eye. The deep which will lay open all her Upon the foam fountains !
Who shall erect a home? The Heaven which will convert her clouds Japhet (coming forward). My sire! to seas !
Earth's seed shall not expire; And the Omnipotent who makes and crushes ! Only the evil shall be put away Thou unknown, terrible, and indistinct,
From day. Yet awful Thing of Shadows, speak to me! Avaunt! ye exulting demons of the Why dost thou laugh that horrid laugh?
waste ! Spirit. Why weepst thou ?
Who howl your hideous joy Japhet. For earth and all her children. When God destroys whom you dare not Spirit. Ha! Ha! Ha! [Spirit vanishes.
destroy; Japhet. How the fiend mocks the tortures
Hence! haste! of a world,
Back to your inner caves! The coming desolation of an orb,
Until the waves On which the sun shall rise and warm no life! Shall search you in your secret place, How the earth sleeps! and all that in it is And drive your sullen race Sleeps too upon the very eve of death! Forth, to be rolld upon the tossing winds Why should they wake to meet it? What In restless wretchedness along all space! is here,
Spirit. Son of the saved ! Which look like death in life, and speak When thou and thine have braved like things
The wide and warring element; Born ere this dying world? They come like When the great barrier of the deep is rent, clouds!
Shall thou and thine be good or happy?(Various Spirits pass from the cavern.
No! Spirit. Rejoice!
Thy new world and new race shall be of The abhorred race Which could not keep in Eden their high Less goodly in their aspect, in their years place,
Less than the glorious giants, who But listend to the voice
Yet walk the world in pride, Of knowledge without power,
The Sons of Heaven by many a mortal bride. Are nigh the hour
Thine shall be nothing of the past, save tears, Of death!
And art thou not ashamed Not slow, not single, not by sword, nor
Thus to survive, sorrow,
And, eat, and drink, and wive!
With a base heart so far subdued and tamed, Japhet (interrupting them). The eternal As even to hear this wide destruction named,
will Without such grief and courage, as should Shall deign to expound this dream rather
Of good and evil; and redeem
And to the expiated Earth
Restore the beauty of her birth,
Her Eden in an endless paradise,
Where man no more can fallas once he fell, Hateth thine
And even the very demons shall do well! As of a different order in the sphere, Spirits. And when shall take effect this But not our own.
wondrous spell? There is not one who hath not left a throne Japhet. When the Redeemer cometh;
Vacantin Heaven to dwell in darkness here, first in pain,
And then in glory.
Spirits. Meantime still struggle in the A life like thine to other wretches - live!
Above what they have done, War with yourselves, and Hell, and Heaven, Envy the Giant-Patriarchs then no more,
Thyself for being his son ! With the blood reeking from each battleChorus of Spirits issuing from the cavern. New times, new climes, new arts, new
men ; but still No more the human voice
The same old tears, old crimes, and oldest ill, Shall vex our joys in middle air Shall be amongst your race in different
But the same moral storms
Shall oversweep the future, as the waves
The prayer-exacting Lord,
Chorus of Spirits.
Mortal, farewell! pour'd
Hark! hark! already we can hear the voice Until one element shall do the work Of growing Ocean's gloomy swell; Of all in chaos; until they,
The winds, too, plume their piercing The creatures proud of their poor clay, wings! Shall perish, and their bleached bones shali The clouds have nearly filled their lurk
springs! In caves, in dens,in clefts of mountains, where The fountains of the great deep shall be The Deep shall follow to their latest lair;
broken, Where even the brutes, in their despair, And Heaven set wide her windows; while Shall cease to prey on man and on each other, mankind
And the striped tiger shall lie down to die View, unacknowledged, each tremendous Beside the lamb, as though he were his
Still, as they were from the beginning, Till all things shall be as they were,
blind. Silent and uncreated, save the sky:
We hear the sound they cannot hear, While a brief truce
The mustering thunders of the threat-
of the subsiding deluge, from its slime, Save to the Spirits' all-pervading eye.
Thy death is nearer than thy recent birth:
The wave shall break upon your cliffs; With all companionship of hate and toil, and shells, Until
The little shells of ocean's least things be
Deposed where now the eagle's offspring Which in the open firmament of Heaven dwells
Have wings like angels, and like them salute How shall he shriek o'er the remorseless sea! Heaven first each day before the Adamites! And call his nestlings up with fruitless yell, Their matins now draw nigh-the East is Unanswer'd save by the encroaching swell;
kindlingWhile man shall long in vain for his broad And they will sing! and day will break! wings,
Both near, The wings which could not save:- So near the awful close! For these must drop Where could he rest them, while the whole Their outworn pinions on the deep; and day, space brings
After the bright course of a few brief Nought to his eye beyond the deep, his
Ay, day will rise; but upon what? A chaos, Brethren, rejoice!
Which was ere day; and which, renew'd, And loudly lift each superhuman voice
makes time All die,
Nothing! for, without life, what are the Save the slight remnant of Seth's seed
hours ? The seed of Seth,
No more to dust than is eternity Exempt for future Sorrow's sake from Unto Jehovah, who created both. death.
Without him, even Eternity would be But of the sons of Cain
A void: withoutman, Time, as made for man, None shall remain ;
Dies with man, and is swallow'd in that And all his goodly daughters
Deep Mast lie beneath the desolating waters; Which has no fountain; as his race will be Or, floating upward with their long hair laid Devour'd by that which drowns his infantAlong the wave, the cruel Heaven upbraid,
world. Which would not spare What have we here? Shapes of both earth Beings even in death so fair.
and air? It is decreed,
No—all of Heaven, they are so beautiful. All die!
I cannot trace their features; but their forins, And to the universal human cry
How lovelily they move along the side The universal silence shall succeed ! of the gray mountain, scattering its mist! .Fly, brethren, fly!
And after the swart savage spirits, whose
Infernal Immortality ponr'd forth
Their impious hymn of triumph,they shall be
Welcome as Eden. It may be they come So perish all
To tell me the reprieve of our young world, These petty foes of Heaven who shrink For which I have so often pray'd - They from Hell !
Enter SAMLASA, AZAZIEL, Axax, and
AHOLIBAMAH. destiny of Earth; My father's ark of safety hath announced it; Anah. Japhet! The very demons shriek it from their caves; Samiasa. LO! The scroll of Enoch prophesied it long A son of Adam! In silent books, which, in their silence, say Azaziel. What doth the Earth-born here, More to the mind than thunder to the ear: While all his race are slumbering? And yet men listen'd not, nor listen ; but Japhet. Angel! what Walk darkling to their doom; which, Dost thou on carth when thou shouldst be though so nigh,
on high? Shakes them no more in their dim disbelief, Azaziel. Knowst thou not, or forgetst Than their last cries shall shake the
thou, that a part Almighty purpose,
of our great function is to guard thine Or deaf obedient Ocean, which fulfils it.
earth? No sign yet hangs its banner in the air; Japhet. But all good angels hare forThe clouds are few, and of their wonted
saken earth, texture;
Which is condemn'd; nay, even the evil fly The sun will rise upon the earth's last day The approaching Chaos. Anah! Anah! my As on the fourth day of creation, when In vain, and long, and still to be beloved! God said unto him, “Shine!” and he broke Why walkst thou with this Spirit, in those forth
hours Into the dawn, which lighted not the yet when no good spirit longer lights below! Unforın'd forefather of mankind - but roused Anah. Japhet, I cannot answer thee; Before the human orison the earlier
yet, yet Made and far sweeter voices of the birds, Forgive me
Japhet. May the Heaven, which soon no Samiasa. Of death to us! and those who more
are with us! Will pardon, do so! for thou art greatly But that the man seems full of sorrow, I 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, could And thy words seem of sorrow, mix'd with
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 beautiful—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 nine, 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 Anah. Sister! sister! speak not
father's foe Thus.
In mind, in soul? If I partook thy thought, Azaziel. Fearest thou, my Anah ? 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 thon to do thon
With other deeds between his God and him? Hast left me! That is nothing,ifthou 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 I pon 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 endnring:-Shall I blush forhim, Anah. Ah! he speaks of death. From whom we had our being? Look upon