Strange sounds and sights have peopled it
I must go with thee.
Japh. Irad, no; believe me
I feel no evil thought, and fear no evil.
Irad. But evil things will be thy foe the
more 210 As not being of them: turn thy steps aside,
Or let mine be with thine.
Japh. No, neither, Irad;
I must proceed alone.
Irad. Then peace be with thee!
Japh. (solus). Peace! I have sought it
where it should be found,
In love -- with love, too, which perhaps deserved it;
And in its stead a heaviness of heart,
A weakness of the spirit, listless days,
And nights inexorable to sweet sleep,
Have come upon me. Peace! what peace? the calm
Of desolation, and the stillness of 220. The untrodden forest, only broken by
The sweeping tempest through its groaning boughs;
Such is the sullen or the fitful state
Of my mind overworn. The earth's grown wicked,
And many signs and portents have pro-claim'd
A change at hand, and an o'erwhelming doom
To perishable beings. Oh, my Anah!
When the dread hour denounced shall open wide
The fountains of the deep, how mightest thou
Have lain within this bosom, folded from 230 The elements; this bosom, which hi vain
Hath beat for thee, and then will beat more vainly,
While thine -- Oh, God! at least remit to her
Thy wrath! for she is pure amidst the fail-ing
As a star in the clouds, which cannot quench,
Although they obscure it for an hour. My
How would I have adored thee, but thou wouldst not;
And still would I redeem thee -- see thee live
When ocean is earth's grave, and, unop-posed
By rock or shallow, the leviathan, 240 Lord of the shoreless sea and watery world,
Shall wonder at his boundlessness of realm.
Enter NOAH and SHAM.
Noah. Where is thy brother Japhet?
Shem. He went forth,
According to his wont, to meet with Irad
He said; but, as I fear, to bend his steps
Towards Anah's tents, round which he hovers nightly,
Like a dove round and round its pillaged nest;
Or else he walks the wild up to the cavern
Which opens to the heart of Ararat.
Noah. What doth he there? It is an
evil spot 250 Upon an earth all evil; for things worse
Than even wicked men resort there: he
Still loves this daughter of a fated race,
Although he could not wed her if she loved him,
And that she doth not. Oh, the unhappy hearts
Of men! that one of my blood, knowing well
The destiny and evil of these days,
And that the hour approacheth, should in-dulge
In such forbidden yearnings! Lead the
way; 259 He must be sought for!
Shem. Go not forward, father:
I will seek Japhet.
Noah. Do not fear for me:
All evil things are powerless on the man
Selected by Jehovah. -- Let us on.
Shem. To the tents of the father of the sisters?
Noah. No; to the cavern of the Caucasus.
[Exeunt NOAH and SHEM.
The mountains. -- A cavern, and the rocks of Caucasus.
Japh. (solus). Ye wilds, that look eter-nal; and thou cave,
Which seem'st unfathomable; and ye moun-tains,
So varied and so terrible in beauty;
Here, in your rugged majesty of rocks
And toppling trees that twine their roots
with stone 270 In perpendicular places, where the foot