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First Line: O lucifer, bright prince of sin
Last Line: My heart might entertain the good.
Subject(s): Devil; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub

O Lucifer, Bright Prince of Sin,
Teach me what ways to wander in,
That I may know the grim desire
That stretches man across Hell's fire.

Teach me thy mandates to rehearse,
Teach me the sabbath witches' curse,
Show me the cloaks thy slaves have worn
To stand before God's throne in scorn.

Teach me the mastery of hate,
Of wickedness most intricate,
Of passions blacker than black flames,
Of darker crimes that bear no names.

I would know you throughout all time,
I'd earn a Doctorate of Crime—
Until, with sin quite understood,
My heart might entertain the good.

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