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In perpendicular places, where the foot
Of man would tremble, could he reach them--yes, Ye look eternal! Yet, in a few days,
Perhaps even hours, ye will be changed, rent, hurled Before the mass of waters; and yon cave,
Which seems to lead into a lower world,
Shall have its depths search'd by the sweeping wave, And dolphins gambol in the lion's den!
-Oh, men! my fellow-beings! Who
Shall weep above your universal grave,
Save I? Who shall be left to weep? My kinsmen,
That I must live beyond ye? Where shall be
No more to be the beacon of the world,
Nearest the stars? And can those words «no more »
He preserve them, and I not have the power
Shall 'scape to save his kind to be prolong'd,
To hiss and sting through some emerging world,
Upon thy coming doom without a feeling
Oh God! and canst thou——
(A rushing sound from the cavern is heard and shouts of laughter-afterwards a Spirit passes.)
By the approaching deluge! by the earth
The Heaven which will convert her clouds to seas,
Why weep'st thou ?
For earth and all her children.
Ha! Ha! Ha!
How the fiend mocks the tortures of a world,
The coming desolation of an orb,
On which the sun shall rise and warm no life!
Why should they wake to meet it? What is here,
The abhorred race
Which could not keep in Eden their high place,
But listen'd to the voice
Of knowledge without power,
Are nigh the hour
Not slow, not single, not by sword, nor sorrow,
nor heart-break, nor Time's sapping
Shall they drop off. Behold their last to-morrow!
Earth shall be ocean!
And no breath,
Save of the winds, be on the unbounded wave!
Or show the place where strong Despair hath died,
Another element shall be the lord
Of life, and the abhorr'd
Children of dust be quench'd; and of each hue
Shall nought remain
Unchanged, or of the level plain;
Cedar and pine shall lift their tops in vain : All merged within the universal fountain, Man, earth, and fire, shall die, And sea and sky
Look vast and lifeless in the eternal eye.
Upon the foam
Who shall erect a home?
JAPHET (coming forward).
Earth's seed shall not expire;
Only the evil shall be put away
Avaunt! ye exulting demons of the waste!
Who howl your hideous joy
When God destroys whom you dare not destroy;
Back to your inner caves!
Until the waves
you in your secret place,
And drive your sullen race
Forth, to be roll'd upon the tossing winds
Son of the saved!
When thou and thine have braved
The wide and warring element;
When the great barrier of the deep is rent,
The Sons of Heaven by many a mortal bride.
Thus to survive,
And eat, and drink, and wive?
With a base heart so far subdued and tamed,
Than seek a shelter with thy favour'd father,
Except the base and blind?
As of a different order in the sphere,