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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
301. The Fullness of Time
By James Stephens  (b. 1882)
  
ON a rusty iron throne
Past the furthest star of space
I saw Satan sit alone,
Old and haggard was his face;
For his work was done and he        5
Rested in eternity.
 
And to him from out the sun
Came his father and his friend
Saying, now the work is done
Enmity is at an end:       10
And he guided Satan to
Paradises that he knew.
 
Gabriel without a frown,
Uriel without a spear,
Raphael came singing down       15
Welcoming their ancient peer,
And they seated him beside
One who had been crucified.

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