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<i>Heaven and Earth</i>

Edited by Dinah Birch

in The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Seventh edition

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780192806871
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191735066
Heaven and Earth

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A poetic drama by Lord *Byron, published in The *Liberal, 1822. Like its predecessor *Cain, it is subtitled ‘A Mystery’, and questions God's choice to create only to destroy. The story, suggested by Genesis ch. 6, tells of the marriage of rebel angels and mortal women: Japhet, son of Noah, loves Anah, but she and her sister Aholibamah are carried away by their immortal lovers, the spirits Azaziel and Samiasa. The drama ends as the flood sweeps over the earth, and Japhet remains upon a rock as the Ark floats towards him....

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