This brief drama addressed to Lord Byron, whose Cain, a Mystery appeared in 1821, treats the themes of revenge, atonement, forgiveness, and self-annihilation through the reactions of Adam, Eve, Satan, and Jehovah to the first murder. The two plates of the work were etched in relief in 1822; all copies (A-E) were printed in the same year. Copy E consists only of plate 1. (Text from the William Blake Archive, with thanks.)

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