Poem of the Day: ‘Emanuel Swedenborg’ by Jorge Luis Borges

Taller than the others, this man
Walked among them, at a distance,
Now and then calling the angels
By their secret names. He would see
That which earthly eyes do not see:
The fierce geometry, the crystal
Labyrinth of God and the sordid
Milling of infernal delights.
He knew that Glory and Hell too
Are in your soul, with all their myths;
He knew, like the Greek, that the days
Of time are Eternity’s mirrors.
In unadorned Latin he went on listing
The unconditional Last Things.

For further reading see the Swedenborg Society website and also JL Borges’ essay on Swedenborg, published as an Introduction in the Society’s new edition of Heaven and Hell (2011). Borges’ collected non-fiction work, The Total Library, is also available to purchase from the our online bookshop.

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