Saturn said, Now, how many forms do the devil and the Pater Noster have when they struggle against one another?
Solomon said, Thirty forms.
Saturn asked, What are the first ones?
Solomon said, First, in youth the devil is in the image of a child; while the Pater Noster is in the Holy Spirit’s form. In the third form, the devil is in the form of a dragon. In the fourth form, the Pater Noster is in the form of an arrow called “the arm of God.” In the fifth number, the devil is in the likeness of shadow. In the sixth number, the Pater Noster is in light’s form, and in the seventh number, the devil is in the form of a wild animal. In the eighth form is the Pater Noster in the form of a whale, that is named “Leviathan.”
In the ninth number, the devil is in an evil dream’s form. Then, in the tenth number, the Pater Noster is in the form of a heavenly vision. In the eleventh number, the devil is in the form of an elven woman. In the twelfth number, the Pater Noster is in a heavenly stream’s form. In the thirteen number, the devil is in the form of a sword; in the fourteenth number is the Pater Noster in the form of a golden stream. In the fifteenth number, the devil is in the form of a bramble. In the sixteenth number, the Pater Noster is in a silver eagle’s form.
Then, in the seventeenth number is the devil in the form of slaughter. In the eighteenth number, the Pater Noster is in the form of a silver eagle. In the nineteenth number, the devil is in the form of destruction. In the twentieth number, the Pater Noster is in the form of Christ. In the twenty-first number, the devil is in the form of a poisonous fowl. In the twenty-second number, the Pater Noster is in the form of a golden eagle. In the twenty-third number is the devil is in the form of a wolf. In the twenty-fourth number the Pater Noster is in the form of a golden chain. In the twenty-fifth number, the devil is in sin’s form.
In the twenty-sixth number is the Pater Noster in the form of peace. In the twenty-seventh number is the devil in the form of an evil thought; in the twenty-eighth number, the Pater Noster is in the form of a merciful spirit. In the twenty-ninth number, the devil is thoroughly turned into the form of death. Solomon added, More gloriously, then, is the Pater Noster turned into God’s image.
Saturn said, But who pursues the devil forth from the grove of heaven, and leads him into the grasp of Christ’s champions; they are thus called, cherubim and seraphim?
[Solomon said,] Uriel and Rumiel.
Saturn said, But who shoots the devil with fiery arrows?
Solomon said, The Pater Noster shoots the devil with fiery arrows, and the lightning burns him and portends, and the rain injures him from above, and in darkness it deceives, and the thunder afflicts him with its fiery axe, and drives him into the iron chains that his ancestors dwelled in, Satan and Sathiel. And when the devil becomes exceedingly weary, it seeks a sinful man’s beast or an unclean oath, or if it encounters the mouth and the body of an unblessed man, then into the innards of that forgotten man it goes, and through his skin and through his flesh onto the earth goes forth and henceforth follows hell’s desolation.
Saturn said, But what sort of head does the Pater Noster have?
Solomon said, The Pater Noster has a golden head and silver hair, and if all the waters in the earth were combined with all the waters of heaven up in a single stream, and it rained together against all middle-earth with all his creations, he might, under the Pater Noster’s single lock of hair stand dry, and his eyes are twelve thousand times brighter than all the world of middle-earth even if it were with the brightest lilies’ blossoms overspread, and each blossom’s petal had twelve suns and each blossom had twelve moons and each moon were in particular twelve thousand times brighter than it was of old, before the slaying of Abel.
Saturn said, Of what sort is the radiant heart of the Pater Noster?
Solomon said, Its heart is twelve thousand times brighter than all the seven heavens that are set over us, even if they were all with the fire of Judgment Day ignited, and even if all of this earth were from below to burn to meet it; and it has a tongue of fire and a golden throat and a mouth that is luminous inside and though all middle-earth were as at Adam’s creation made new, and each individual had the twelve wisdoms of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, and each one could live for three hundred winters, they might not, in the words of their tongues nor in their bodily strength’s fullness be exhausted. And his arms are twelve thousandtimes longer than all the world of middle-earth or crosses even though they were by the brightestartists’ hands joined together and each one of theends were from one end to the middle with Gaulish silver overlain, and with Paradise’s plains’ gems adorned. And its two hands are even broader than twelve middle-earths all lain together. And the Holy Canticle, it has golden fingers, and each of the ones of iron in particular is thirtythousand times longer than all middle-earthor the world. And in the right hand of the Pater Noster is the form of a golden sword that is over all other weapons unlike in its radiance. It is more radiant and brighter than all the stars in heaven, even if over all the earth there were golden and silver decorations and beauty and the heavenly weapon were the strongest sword’s edge. He is more merciful and more meek than all middle-earth’s goodness or fragrance. And the left-hand sword-edge of the same weapon is more fearful and sharper than all of middle- earth, even if within its four corners it were fulldriven with wild animals, and each one of the animals had in particular twelve horns of iron, and each one of the horns had twelve iron prongs, and each one of the prongs had twelve special points, and each one of those were twelve thousand times sharper than the single arrowthat had been hardened throughout, through a hundred and twenty hardenings. And even if seven middle-earths were all together spread out into this one form, and there were all together that which heaveen and ehll and earth ever brought forth, they could not the line of life at its middle embrace. And the Pater Noster may alone crush and squeeze all creation with his right hand alone into a wax-apple. And its thought is stronger and swifter than twelve thousand holy spirits, even if each of those spirits had in particular twelve wings, and eachof those wings had twelve minds and each one of the minds in particular had twelve triumphs. And its voice is louder than all mankind or all kinds of wild animals, even if they were all on a mountain gathered together that were of such a height that the line would thirty-three times all of earth’s extent surround outside. And even if all those together were, all that heaven or hell or earth had ever brought forth, and each one of them, of both the speaking and the speechless, had golden trumpets in their mouths, and of the trumpets every one had twelve voices, and each of the voices were higher than heaven and deeper than hell and still more than the holy canticle’s golden voice, over them all it resounds,and overpowers all of the others with sound.
Saturn said, But of what sort is the Pater Noster?
[Solomon said,] it has a golden banner, and the banner is surrounded outside with twelve cloths, and each one of the cloths hangs on a hundred and twenty golden rings. And the first of the cloths is called “heavenly gold”; to it, darkness may not approach nearer than 120 miles. Then, angels call the next cloth “spirit of the paraclete.” In that cloth will Saint Michael be clothed on the Day of Judgment; then the angels call the third cloth “shepherdly”; that cloth was in that cloth’s form that long ago about my ancestor David’s columns hung in this same temple. Then, the fourth cloth is called “solace”; that cloth was in the cloth’s form that long ago Abimelech, the good king, brought for Christ for an offering and as a sacrifice. Then is the fifth cloth called “eternal life”; that cloth, then, is the Holy Trinity. Then, the sixth cloth is called “sacrifice of god”; that is in the form of all of the animals. Then, the seventh….