Plates 21-22
Ulver Lyrics


I have always found that Angels have the vanity to speak of themselves as the only wise; this they do with a confident insolence sprouting from systematic reasoning:

Thus Swedenborg boasts that what he writes is new; tho' it is only the Contents or Index of already publish'd books.

A man carried a monkey about for a shew, & because he was a little wiser than the monkey, grew vain, and conciev'd himself as much wiser than seven men. It is so with Swedenborg; he shews the folly of churches & exposes hypocrites, till he imagines that all are religious, & himself the single one on earth that ever broke a net.

Now hear a plain fact: Swedenborg has not written one new truth:
Now hear another: he has written all the old falshoods.

And now hear the reason. He conversed with Angels who are all religious, & conversed not with Devils who all hate religion, for he was incapable thro' his conceited notions.

Thus Swedenborgs writings are a recapitulation of all superficial, opinions, and an analysis of the more sublime, but no further.

Have now another plain fact: Any man of mechanical talents may from the writings of Paracelsus or Jacob Behmen, produce ten thousand volumes of equal value with Swedenborgs, and from those of Dante or Shakespear, an infinite number.

But when he has done this, let him not say that he knows better than his master, for he only holds a candle in sunshine.

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Arturo Fabián

I have always found that Angels have the vanity to speak of themselves as the only wise; this they do with a confident insolence sprouting from systematic reasoning:

Thus Swedenborg boasts that what he writes is new; tho' it is only the Contents or Index of already publish'd books

A man carried a monkey about for a shew, & because he was a little wiser than the monkey, grew vain, and conciev'd himself as much wiser than seven men. It is so with Swedenborg; he shews the folly of churches & exposes hypocrites, till he imagines that all are religious, & himself the single one on earth that ever broke a net

Now hear a plain fact: Swedenborg has not written one new truth:
Now hear another: he has written all the old falshoods

And now hear the reason. He conversed with Angels who are all religious, & conversed not with Devils who all hate religion, for he was incapable thro' his conceited notions

Thus Swedenborgs writings are a recapitulation of all superficial, opinions, and an analysis of the more sublime, but no further

Have now another plain fact: Any man of mechanical talents may from the writings of Paracelsus or Jacob Behmen, produce ten thousand volumes of equal value with Swedenborgs, and from those of Dante or Shakespear, an infinite number

But when he has done this, let him not say that he knows better than his master, for he only holds a candle in sunshine



All comments from YouTube:

darksunwithin

The synth swells throughout, coupled with the vocal delivery give a nostalgic but also kinda soul crushing vibe. Makes me think of how it was in '98.

slither1933

they never played this song live. right? i love this song and would die to see it live

Bam pire

I have this CD. <3 Ulver.

Twigget

Amazing. Simply amazing.

Syrax2Beta FPV

Love this track! Going to Ulver concert @Pstereo Festival in Trondheim 21.08.09 its their first live prformence in 15 years !!! cant wait :)

sakemmat

I totally agree with you on that! An amazing track...

Andrea Suegart

Ulver is another deal. Another universe.

David Bergman

I would kill to hear this song live.

Decrystallized

my fav. track also... obsessional

sakemmat

Really? Ulver performing live? : D

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