I have an infernal spirit
. I shall meet with a victim.
"The king and queen and many of the court do start even in this hour, to go to your valley to pay pious homage to the waters ye have restored, and cleanse themselves of sin, and see the place where the infernal spirit
spouted true hell-flames to the clouds -- an ye listen sharply ye may hear me wink and hear me likewise smile a smile, sith 'twas I that made selection of those flames from out our stock and sent them by your order."
Then, gentle friends, aid me in this attempt; And I, that have with subtle syllogisms Gravell'd the pastors of the German church, And made the flowering pride of Wittenberg Swarm to my problems, as th' infernal spirits
On sweet Musaeus when he came to hell, Will be as cunning as Agrippa was, Whose shadow made all Europe honour him.
when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit
of slaveholding, robbery and wrong - when I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten, and that her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters."
Ye gods, what holds me back?" she laments to the infernal spirits
when she is incapable of killing Renaud, the Christian knight with whom she falls in love.
This is in striking contrast to what look to be the most compelling of Wilson's unearthings--the diaries of the 18th-century African-American astronomer and surveyor Benjamin Banneker, whose journal describes his dreams as a series of hauntings, if you will, by dead souls, "infernal spirits
," uncanny animals and children, whose transcendence is always marked by constraints, wounds, pains.