A Memorable Fancy 5 lyrics

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ULVER lyrics : "A Memorable Fancy 5"

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Once I saw a Devil in a flame of fire. Who arose before an angel
that sat

on a cloud, and the devil utter'd these words: 'The worship of
God is:
honouring His gifts in other men. Each according to his genius,

and loving
the greatest men best: those who envy or caluminate great men
hate God;

for there is no other God, ' The angel hearing this became
almost blue,
but mastering himself grew yellow.& at last white, pink,&

smiling, and
then replied: 'Thou idolater, is not God one? & Is not He
visible in

Jesus Christ? And has not Jesus Christ given his sanction to the
law of
ten commandments, and are not all other men fools, sinners &

nothings? '
The devil answer'd: 'Bray a fool in a mother with wheat. Yet
shall not his

folly be beaten out of him; if Jesus Christ is the greatest man,
you ought
to love him in the greatest degree; now hear how He has given

His sanction
to the law of ten commandments: did He not mock at the Sabbath,
and so

mock the sabbath's god? Murder those who were murdered because
of Him?
Turn away the law from the woman taken in adultery? Steal the

labour of
others to support him? Bear false witness when He omitted making
a defence

before Pilate? Covet when He pray'd for His disciples, and when
He bid
them shake off the dust of their feet against such as refused to

lodge
them? I tell you, no virtue can exist without breaking these
ten

commandments. Jesus was all virtue, and acted from impulse, not
from
rules! When He had so spoken, I beheld the angel who stretched

out his
arms, embracing the flame of fire & he was consumed and arose as
Elijah.

Note: this angel who is now become a devil, is my particular
friend; we
often read the bible together in its infernal or diabolical

sense which
the world shall have if they behave well. I have also the bible
of hell,

which the world shall have whether they will or no. One law for
the lion &
ox is oppression.

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