Alas, the Dragon is here again

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The Fall of the Rebel Angels, Brueghel the Elder, 1562

Alas, dear Christ, the Dragon is here again,
Alas, he is here: terror has seized me, and fear.
Alas that I ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
Alas that his envy led me to envy too.
I did not become like God; I was cast out of Paradise.
Temper, sword, awhile, the heat of your flames
and let me go again about the garden,
entering with Christ, a thief from another tree.

St. Gregory Nazianzus, c.330-389,  Archbishop of Constantinople

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For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

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