The Charles Williams Society

When the Jews came forth to accuse Messias
He answered them riddling, playing with words,
Saying: ‘If Satan cast out Satan,
If hell be divided to ruin hell,
Tell me, can Satan’s kingdom stand?’

Lord, let they children now let show
The answer the Jews seemed not to know,
Losing their heads in their eager rage;
Now let they servants answer unchid:
‘Lord, whoever supposed it did?

Let the angelic armies smile,
Seeing it topple all the while:
‘How shall Satan’s kingdom stand?
Lord, it crashes on either hand,
And where is its substance of delight?

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