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Anah. Sister! sister!I view them winging Irad. That I know not; but her air, Their bright way through the parted night. If not her words, tells me she loves another. Ahol. The clouds from off their pinions Japhet. Ay, but not Anah: she but loves flinging
her God. As though they bore to-morrow's light. Irad. Whate'er she loveth, so she loves Anah. But if our Father see the sight!
thee not, Ahol. He would but deem it was the moon What can it profit thee? Rising unto some sorcerer's tune
Japhet. True, nothing ; but
Japhet. And now thou lov'st not,
Irad. Yes. To Samiasa's breast!
Japhet. I pity thee. Anah. Lo! they have kindled all the west, Irad. Me! why? Like a returning sunset ;-lo!
Japhet. For being happy, On Ararat's late secret crest
Deprived of that which makes my misery. A mild and many-colour'd bow,
İrad. I take thy taunt as part of thy The remnant of their flashing path,
distemper, Now shines! and now, behold ! it hath And would not feel as thou dost, for more Returu'd to night, as rippling foam,
shekels Which the Leviathan hath lash'd Than all our father's herds would bring if From his unfathomable home,
weigh'd When sporting on the face of the calm deep, Against the metal of the sons of Cain
Subsides soon after he again hath dashd The yellow dust they try to barter with us, Down, down, to where the ocean's fountains As if such useless and discolour'd trash, sleep.
The refuse of the earth, could be received Ahol. They have touch'd earth! Samiasa! For milk, and wool, and flesh, and fruits, Anah. My Azaziel!
Our flocks and wilderness afford. - Go, SCENE II.- Enter IRAD and JAPHET.
Sigh to the stars as wolves howl to the moon_ Irad. Despond not: wherefore wilt thou I must back to my rest. wander thus
Japhet. And so would I
Irad. Thou wilt not to our tents then ? They cannot aid thee.
Japhet. No,Irad; I will to the cavern,whose Japhet. But they soothe me-now Mouth they say opens from the internal Perhaps she looks upon them as I look.
Irad. Wherefore so ?
What wouldst thou there? Irad. But she loves thee not.
Japhet. Soothe further my sad spirit Japhet. Alas!
With gloom as sad : it is a hopeless spot, Irad. And proud Aholibamah spurns me And I am hopeless. also.
Irad. But 'tis dangerous; Japhet. I feel for thee too.
Strange sounds and sights have peopled it Irad. Let her keep her pride,
with terrors. Mine hath enabled me to bear her scorn; I must go with thee. It may be, time too will avenge it.
Japhet. Irad, no; believe me Japhet. Canst thou
I feel no evil thought, and fear no evil. Find joy in such a thought ?
Irad. But evil things will be thy foe Irad. Nor joy, nor sorrow.
the more I loved her well ; I would have loved her As not being of them: turn thy steps aside, better,
Or let mine be with thine. Had love been met with love: as 'tis, I Japhet. No; neither, Irad; leave her
I must proceed alone.
[Exit Irad. Irad. I have some cause to think
Japhet (solus). Peace! I have sought it She loves another.
where it should be found, Japhet. Anah!
In love — with love too, which perhaps Irad. No; her sister.
deserved it; Japhet. What other?
And, in its stead, a heaviness of heart
A weakness of the spirit - listless days, All evil things are powerless on tho man
Peace! what peace? Sem. To the tents of the father of the the calm
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 caveri, and Such is the sullen or the fitful state
the rocks of Caucasus. Of my mind overworn. The earth's grown wicked,
Japhet (solus). Yewilds, 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 Have 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 hours, ye will be changed, Thy wrath! for she is pure amidst the failing,
rent, hurled As å 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,
[Exit Japhet. That I must live beyond ye? Where shall be
The pleasant places where I thought of Anah Enter Noah and SEM.
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, nest;
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:
world, I will seek Japhet.
Reeking and dank from out the slime, Noah. Do not fear for me :
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 thce 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, Cedạr 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;
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 roil'd 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 clement; 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 wire?
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 Bid thee await the world-dissolving wave,
Unto Himself all times, all things; Than seek a shelter with thy favour'd father, And,gath er'd under his almighty wings, And build thy city o'er the drown'd Earth's Abolish hell!
And to the expiated Earth
Restore the beauty of her birth,
Her Eden in an endless paradise,
Where man no more can fall as once he fell,
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!
mortal chain, And when the annihilating waters roar
Till earth wax hoary; Above what they have done, War with yourselves, and Hell, and Heaven, Envy the Giant-Patriarchs then no more,
in vain, And scorn thy sire as the surviving one!
Until the clouds look gory
plain; Chorus of Spirits issuing from the cavern. New times, new climes, new arts, new Rejoice!
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 And we, who ne'er for ages have adored In a few hours the glorious Giants' graves. 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 shall The clouds have nearly fillid 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 ocean's overflow! crime
The wave shall break upon your cliffsi 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, 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: without man, Time, as made for man, None shall remain ;
Dies with man, and is swallow'd in that And all his goodly daughters
Deep Must 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 forms, 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 pour'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 SAMIASA, AZAZIEL, Anan, and Japhet (solus). God hath proclaim'd the
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 earth 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 have 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? Unform’d forefather of mankind-butrvused Anah.. Japhet, I cannot answer thee; Before the human orison the earlier
yet, yet Made and far sweeter voices of the birds, Forgive me