HYMN TO SATAN
I animate all who fight against servitude
The heroes and martyrs of liberty and progress in every
age have drunk of my spirit
I inspire the revolter, the scorner, the sceptic,
I distribute the tree of knowledge
I am the lightning of the human mind
I am the soul of the world
I level the thrones and altars and annihilate binding customs
With a goal of restless aspiration, I urge men on
until they outgrow faith and fear
until the slave stands erect before the tyrant
and defies his curse.
(Composed during the Renaissance, when people were at last beginning to break free of the state religions which had oppressed and brainwashed them for one and a half millennia.)
From the Dark Lily Journal No 1, Society of Dark Lily (London 1987).