September 2014

William Blake. Satan Arousing the Rebel Angels (c.1803-5). Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Consider how beautiful the devil must be. A fallen angel is an angel still. Seeing him fall, Jesus likened the plunge to “lightning from heaven.” (Luke 10:18). Lucifer appears a pulsing field of light, a flash of pure spirit. All luminous intelligence, he is bright as the morning star, radiant as dawn. Were he not, temptation would be beggared. It would be too dull, too unsightly, to gain purchase on the human heart. William Blake. Satan Arousing the Rebel Angels (c.1803-5). Continue Reading