The Ghost of Abel
A REVELATION IN THE VISIONS OF JEHOVAH SEEN BY WILLIAM BLAKE
To Lord Byron in the Wilderness:
What doest thou here, Elijah? Can a Poet doubt the Visions of Jehovah? Nature has no Outline, But
Imagination has. Nature has no Tune, but Imagination has. Nature has no Supernatural, and dissolves: Imagination
SCENE -- A rocky Country. EVE, fainted, over the dead body of ABEL, which lays near a Grave.
ADAM kneels by her. JEHOVAH stands above.
Adam. I will not hear Thee more, Thou Spiritual Voice Is this Death?
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. Is this the Promise of Jehovah? O! it is all a vain delusion, This Death, and this Life, and this Jehovah!
Jehovah. Woman, lift thine eyes!
A Voice is heard coming on.
Voice. O Earth, cover not thou my blood! cover not thou my blood!
Enter the Ghost of ABEL.
Eve. Thou visionary Phantasm, thou art not the real Abel.
Abel. Among the Elohim, a Human Victim I wander: I am their House.
Prince of the Air, and our dimensions compass Zenith and Nadir.
Vain is Thy Covenant, O Jehovah! I am the Accuser and Avenger
Of Blood. O Earth! cover not thou the blood of Abel.
Jehovah. What Vengeance dost thou require?
Abel. Life for Life! Life for Life!
Jehovah. He who shall take Cain's life must also die, O Abel! And who is he? Adam, wilt thou, or Eve,
thou do this?
Adam. It is all a vain delusion of the all-creative Imagination. Eve, come away, and let us not believe
these vain delusions. Abel is dead, and Cain slew him. We shall also die a death, And then -- what
then? be, as poor Abel, a Thought; or as This? O! what shall I call Thee, Form Divine, Father of Mercies,
That appearest to my Spiritual Vision? Eve, seest thou also?