LILITH A Fantasy Novel By George MacDonald - online book

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' But why leave them in the corrupting moonlight ? ' I asked.
' Our moon,' he answered, ' is not like yours—the old cinder of a burnt-out world; her beams embalm the dead, not corrupt them. You observe that here the sexton lays his dead on the earth ; he buries very few under it! In your world he lays huge stones on them, as if to keep them down; I watch for the hour to ring the resurrection-bell, and wake those that are still asleep. Your sexton looks at the clock to know when to ring the dead-alive to church; I hearken for the cock on the spire to crow : " Awake, thou that steepest, and arise from the dead ! " '
I began to conclude that the self-styled sexton was in truth an insane parson : the whole thing was too mad! But how was I to get away from it ? I was helpless! In this world of the dead, the raven and his wife were the only living I had yet seen : whither should I turn for help? I was lost in a space larger than imagi­nation ; for if here two things, or any parts of them, could occupy the same space, why not twenty or ten thousand?—But I dared not think further in that direction.
' You seem in your dead to see differences beyond my perception ! ' I ventured to remark.
' None of those you see,' he answered, are in truth quite dead yet, and some have but just begun to come alive and die. Others had begun to die, that is to come alive, long before they came to us; and when such are indeed dead, that instant they will wake and leave us. Almost every night some rise and go. But I will not say more, for I find my words only mislead you f-*i
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