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THE GHOST OF ABEL.


A REVELATION IN THE VISIONS OF JEHOVAH.


Seen by William Blake.


To Lord Byron in the Wilderness.—What dost thou here, Elijah?

Can a Poet doubt the Visions of Jehovah? Nature has no Outline;

But Imagination has. Nature has no Time; but Imagination has.

Nature has no Supernatural, and dissolves; Imagination is Eternity.

Scene.—A rocky Country. Eve fainted over the dead body of Abel which lies near a grave. Adam kneels by her. Jehovah stands above.

Jehovah.—Adam!

Adam.—It is in vain: I will not hear thee more, thou Spiritual Voice.
Is this Death?

Jehovah.—Adam!

Adam.—It is in vain; I will not hear thee

Henceforth. Is this thy Promise that the Woman's Seed

Should bruise the Serpent's Head? Is this the Serpent? Ah!

Seven times, O Eve, thou hast fainted over the Dead. Ah! Ah!

(Eve revives.)