Emanuel Swedenborg | A poem by Jorge Luis Borges, 1899-1986

Emanuel Swedenborg The Flying Machine, sketched in his notebook, 1714

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

Jorge Luis Borges, 1899-1986

Emanuel Swedenborg was an inventor and scientist. In 1741, at age 53, he entered into a
spiritual phase in which he began to experience dreams and visions, beginning on Easter
weekend of 6 April 1744.


Emanuel Swedenborg, 1688-1772

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