G. B. Marino, The Massacre of the Innocents, canto 1. After the Prologue that summarizes the subject, and the dedication to a gentleman, Lodovico Rivaldi, the action starts in hell. The powerful, angry and sad character of Satan draws on Torquato Tasso's long poem Gierusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered), that will also inspire John Milton for his Paradise Lost. Milton's poem, too, starts in hell with Satan plotting schemes -- just by chance? In the stanza below, the seven horns on the devil's crown, a clear symbol of the seven deadly sins, rework passages from the Book of Revelation; the mythological snakes recall Dante's Furies.
As the Judge of torment, King of tears,
he owns throne and garment of fire eternal:
garment, once a rich, luminous covering,
now woven with flames and darkness.
He carries (of his kingdom, the sole honor)
a seven-horned, high crown upon his head;
all around the royal diadem, green Hydras
make, with Cerasteses, horrid ornaments.