Lucifer is one of the main devils in Hell, as he was the heavenly being who pridefully refused to obey God and manipulated other heavenly beings into following him rather than Christ. For his sinfulness, Lucifer and his followers were thrown out of Heaven and sent to the pits of Hell. Although Lucifer is usually distinct from the other devils in the poem, his name is occasionally used interchangeably with that of Satan.
Lucifer Quotes in Piers Plowman
The Piers Plowman quotes below are all either spoken by Lucifer or refer to Lucifer. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W. W. Nortona & Company edition of Piers Plowman published in 2006.).
Passus XVIII Quotes
The bitterness that you have brewed, imbibe it yourself
Who are doctor of death, the drink you made.
For I who am Lord of Life, love is my drink
And for that drink today I died upon earth,
I struggled so I’m thirsty still for man’s soul’s sake.
Lucifer Character Timeline in Piers Plowman
The timeline below shows where the character Lucifer appears in Piers Plowman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...ten orders of heavenly beings, gave them power, and taught them to obey Truth. However, Lucifer, “the loveliest of light after our Lord,” refused to obey Christ, causing him to fall... (full context)
...makes Will “one of Pride’s knights,” since the same desire for knowledge is what caused Lucifer’s downfall. Anima explains that craving such endless knowledge goes against Kind. He points out that... (full context)