Thy fear, said Zephon bold,
Will save us trial what the least can do
Single against thee wicked, and thence weak.
Milton, Paradise Lost, Book IV, 854-856
You are evil, you are wicked
And since you are wicked you are weak.
You know no law but that which you decree,
And justice will spit down upon thee, worthless dog,
For defying what is natural, what is good,
In favour of your own laws and code.
If only you could follow the rules
That strengthen my throng
Perhaps you too would be strong,
But instead you choose to be evil, and thus weak.
The quote comes from the other side of the table to the usual one – it is an angel, chastising Satan, and saying that any angel could defeat Satan – for he is wicked, and therefore puny. It is an argument that interests me – why should Satan’s wickedness make him weaker? Indeed, if God has made him weaker for his sins, why not so weak that he cannot corrupt humanity? Better minds than mine have pondered this.
The Hapless Neo-Romantic