Isaiah, beholding the corruption of an ancient king and prophetically seeing his great and glorious kingdom made as Sodom and Gomorrah, exclaimed, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" The prophet is supposed to have based this metaphor on a Semitic myth that the morning star had fallen from heaven. Later, the poet Milton, seizing upon the same figure of speech, identified Lucifer with the rebel archangel, and, from that time on, this misconception has been very generally accepted.
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