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“Why should I slave?” said he.
“I have no need for a master.
With my own hand I can work so many wonders.
I have the power to raise a greater throne,
higher still in Heaven…. I can be God
as well as He!”
Then the Almighty was filled with wrath,
highest Heaven’s Guardian, and threw him
down from his lofty throne….
Three long days and nights
those angels fell from highest Heaven
into Hell, and God turned them all
Satan seeks vengeance on God and Man
“He has not done right
to fling us into the fire’s depths
in this place called Hell,
depriving us of Heaven’s kingdom—
which now He plans to settle with mankind!
“That burns me most of all,
that Adam—made of dirt!—
should sit upon my mighty throne,
filled with joy, while we must suffer
punishment and torture here in Hell.
“Oh, if my hands were freed,
and I could fly from here just once,
for one short winter hour.
Then I and this mighty army….
But no, I lie here in hard irons,
huge bars hot-
“Think about this, every one of you—
think of how we can betray them!
I would rest more softly in my chains
if they should lose their kingdom.”
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