A Vision of Lucifer

Jump to navigationJump to searchA Vision of Lucifer  (1922) 
by Clark Ashton Smith

1922.

I saw a shape with human form and face,
If such should in apotheosis stand:
Deep in the shadows of a desolate land
His burning feet obtained colossal base,
And spheral on the lonely arc of space,
His head, a menace unto heavens unspanned,
Arose with towered eyes that might command
The sunless, blank horizon of that place.

And straight I knew him for the mystic one
That is the brother, born of human dream,
Of man rebellious at an unknown rod;
The mind’s ideal, and the spirit’s sun;
A column of clear tame, in lands extreme,
Set opposite the darkness that is God.

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