The Temptation of Caine - Archangel Raphael descends The Temptation of Caine - Archangel Uriel descends

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And on the morning, Raphael came on lambent wings, light over the horizon the driver of the Sun, ward of the East. Raphael spoke, saying "Caine, son of Adam, son of Eve, your brother Abel forgives you your sin will you not repent, and accept the mercy of the Almighty?" And I said to Raphael "Not by Abel's forgiveness, but mine own will I be forgiven." Raphael cursed me, saying "Then, for as long as you walk this earth, you and your children will fear the dawn, and the sun's rays will seek to burn you like fire where ever you hide always. Hide now for the Sun rises to take its wrath on you." But I found a secret place in the earth and hid from the burning light of the Sun. Deep in the earth, I slept until the Light of the World was hidden behind the mountain of Night. When I awoke from my day of sleep, I heard the sound of gentle rushing wings and I saw the black wings of Uriel draped around me - Uriel, reaper, angel of Death, dark Uriel who dwells in darkness. Uriel spoke to me quietly, saying "Son of Adam, Son of Eve, God Almighty has forgiven you your sin. Will you accept his mercy and let me take you to your reward, no longer cursed?" And I said to the dark-winged Uriel, "Not by God's mercy, but my own, will I live. I am what I am, I did what I did, and that will never change." And then, through dread Uriel God Almighty cursed me, saying, "Then, for as long as you walk this earth, you and your children will cling to Darkness You will drink only blood You will eat only ashes You will be always as you were at death, Never dying, living on. You will walk forever in Darkness, all you touch will crumble into nothing, until the last days."