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Enter the Angel of the LORD.
Am I then
Cain! what hast thou done?
Adah. This punishment is more than he can bear.
Cain. Would they could ! but who are they
Thou hast slain thy brother,
Adah. Angel of light! be merciful, nor say
Angel. Then he would but be what his father is.
To mark upon thy brow
. It must not be.
[The Angel sets the mark on Cain's brow : Cain.
As the ground thou must henceforth till; but he
Cain. After the fall too soon was I begotten ;
sire still mourn'd for Eden.
Angel. Who shall heal murder? what is done is done.
[The Angel disappears.
for! And I who have shed blood cannot shed tears! But the four rivers * would not cleanse
soul. Think'st thou my boy will bear to look on me?
Adah. If I thought that he would not, I would —
Adah. I will not leave thee lonely with the dead;
Oh! thou dead
[Adah stoops down and kisses the body of ABEL.
* The“ four rivers ” which flowed round Eden, and consequently the only waters with which Cain was acquainted upon the earth.
Adah. A dreary, and an early doom, my brother,
Cain. Eastward from Eden will we take our way; 'T is the most desolate, and suits my steps.
Adah. Lead! thou shalt be my guide, and may our God
Cain. And he who lieth there was childless. I
Adah. Peace be with him !