Thereby lies the Devil’s Bible

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The Codex Gigas, courtesy of google

A monk to be welled up alive

After breaking his sacred vows

Bet his life on a magnum opus

In one night with all the knowledge

Deep and wide of heaven and earth

to appease the communal fury

in the glory of the holy community

Forever famed in an earthly shrine.

So, the monk made a special prayer

To Lucifer, Prince of Darkness fallen

From heaven in exchange for his soul

For helping him complete the opus.

The Devil answered the prayer thus

And possessed the monk with feats

of supernatural erudition and swiftness.

The monk then paid his dues in twofold:

The portrait of his satanic master in the opus

And the offering of his life to Lord of Hell

In the likeness of the life of one Dr. Faustus

According to the gospel of Marlowe.

Thereby lies the Codex Gigas immortal

Author’s Note: This poem is based on my reading of an article about “The Devil’s Bible” that survived the infernal fire in a Swedish castle. It’s arguably the largest medieval manuscript in the world originated in 13th century Bohemia. The scribe who penned this formidable book is said to have made a Faustian pact with the devil for completion thereof in just one day. What’s more, the book escaped the inferno by being defenestrated outside the window despite its being of 8.7 inches thick and 75 kilograms (approximately 165 pounds). The story is so remarkable that it has been registered in my mind’s book since I read it. The Devil’s Bible is now preserved at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm.

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