Ambergris

A Selection from the Poems of

Aleister Crowley

1910

Preface

IN response to a widely-spread lack of interest in my writings, I have consented to publish a small and unrepresentative selection from the same. With characteristic cunning I have not included any poems published later than the Third Volume of my Collected Works.

The selection has been made by a committee of seven competent persons, sitting separately.

Only those poems have been included which obtained a majority vote.

This volume, thus almost ostentatiously de-mocratic, is therefore now submitted to the British Public with the fullest confidence that it will be received with exactly the same amount of acclamation as that to which I have become accustomed.

ALEISTER CROWLEY.

 

Contents

FROM THE TALE OF ARCHAIS
Song
In Hollow Stones, Scawfell

FROM SONGS OF THE SPIRIT
The Goad
Astrology

FROM JEPHTHAH
Chorus of Maidens

FROM MYSTERIES
De Profundis
Beside the River
Perdurabo
In the Woods with Shelley

FROM THE FATAL FORCE
Chorus
Chorus
Chorus

FROM THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST
The May Queen
The Reaper
The Palace of the World
The Rosicrucian
The Athanor
A Death in Thessaly

FROM TANNHÄUSER
Shepherd Boy’s Song
Tannhäuser’s Song

FROM ORACLES
The Hermit’s Hymn to Solitude
On Waikiki Beach

FROM ALICE: AN ADULTERY
Margaret
Red Poppy
Alice

FROM THE ARGONAUTS
At Waikiki
The Harbour, Vera Cruz
The Song of the Siren Leucosia
Hong Kong Harbour
At Prome

FROM THE STAR AND THE GARTER
Song
Song

ROSA MUNDI

OTHER LOVE SONGS
Dora
Norah
Edith
Rose
Eileen
Helè,ne

FROM GARGOYLES
Song
Said
Prayer
The King-Ghost

FROM RODIN IN RIME
Tête de Femme (Musée du Luxembourg)
Réveil d’Adonis
Acrobates
Faunesse
Balzac

FROM ORPHEUS
The Hours
Autumn
Invocation to Hecate
The Regaining of Eurydice
The Mænads Invoke Dionysus
Orpheus invokes the Lords of Khem
The Star-Goddess sings of Orpheus dead