The Fullness of Time, poem by James Stephens, circa 1917

The Fullness of Time

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
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—
And He guided Satan to
Paradises that He knew.

Gabriel, without a frown;
Uriel, without a spear;
Raphael, came singing down,
Welcoming their ancient peer;
And they seated him beside
One who had been crucified!

 

 

“The Fullness of Time”
by James Stephens (1882-­1950)
From Nicholson & Lee, eds. The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.

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