THE WORKS OF
ALEISTER CROWLEY

VOLUME I

ESSAY COMPETITION COPY

THE WORKS
OF
ALEISTER CROWLEY

"{variation: WITH PORTRAITS}"

VOLUME I

FOYERS
SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF
RELIGIOUS TRUTH

1905

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PREFACE

                            CONTENTS OF VOLUME I.

                                                           PAGE
ACELDAMA -
   DEDICATION .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     1
   ACELDAMA   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     2

THE TALE OF ARCHAIS -
   THE AUTHOR'S BALLADE OF HIS TALE   .     .     .     .     7
   THE TALE OF ARCHAIS -
     PART I.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     7
      "  II.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    10
      " III.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    16
      "  IV.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    21
   EPILOGUE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    27

SONGS OF THE SPIRIT -
   DEDICATION .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    29
   THE GOAD   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    30
   IN MEMORIAM A. J. B.   .     .     .     .     .     .    31
   THE QUEST  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    31
   THE ALCHEMIST    .     .     .     .     .     .     .    32
   SONNETS TO NIGHT .     .     .     .     .     .     .    34
   THE PHILOSOPHER'S PROGRESS   .     .     .     .     .    34
   SONNET     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    36
   AN ILL DREAM     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    36
   THE PRIEST SPEAKS.     .     .     .     .     .     .    37
   THE VIOLET'S LOVE-STORY.     .     .     .     .     .    38
   THE FAREWELL OF PARACELSUS TO APRILE     .     .     .    39
   A SPRING SNOWSTORM IN WASTDALE     .     .     .     .    43
   IN NEVILLE'S COURT, TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE .     .    44
   SUCCUBUS   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    45
   A RONDEL   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    45
   NIGHTFALL  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    46
   THE INITIATION   .     .     .     .     .     .     .    46
   ISAIAH     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    47
   THE STORM  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    48
   WHEAT AND WINE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .    49
   A RONDEL   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    49
   THE VISIONS OF THE ORDEAL    .     .     .     .     .    50
   POWER.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    51
   VESPERS    .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    52
   BY THE CAM .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    53
   ASTROLOGY  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    53
   DAEDALUS   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    54
   EPILOGUE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    55

THE POEM -
   SCENE I.   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    57
     "  II.   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    58
     " III.   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    60
     "  IV.   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    62

JEPHTHAH -
   PRELIMINARY INVOCATION .     .     .     .     .     .    64
   JEPHTHAH   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    66

MYSTERIES -
   THE FIVE KISSES -
     I. AFTER CONFESSION  .     .     .     .     .     .    90
    II. THE FLIGHT  .     .     .     .     .     .     .    90
   III. THE SPRING AFTER  .     .     .     .     .     .    93
    IV. THE VOYAGE SOUTHWARD    .     .     .     .     .    95
     V. THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE     .     .     .     .     .    96
   THE HONOURABLE ADULTERERS -
     I. .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    98
    II. .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   100
   THE LEGEND OF BEN LEDI .     .     .     .     .     .   101
   A DESCENT OF THE MOENCH.     .     .     .     .     .   102
   IN A CORNFIELD   .     .     .     .     .     .     .   103
   DREAMS     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   103
   THE TRIUMPH OF MAN     .     .     .     .     .     .   105
   THE DREAMING OF DEATH  .     .     .     .     .     .   108
   A SONNET IN SPRING     .     .     .     .     .     .   109
   DE PROFUNDIS     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   109
   TWO SONNETS -
     I. "My soul is aching," &c..     .     .     .     .   113
    II. "The constant ripple," &c.    .     .     .     .   113
   A VALENTINE.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   113
   ODE TO POESY     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   114
   TWO SONNETS -
     I. "Self-damned, the leprous moisture." &c.  .     .   115
    II. "Lust, impotence," &c.  .     .     .     .     .   116
   BESIDE THE RIVER .     .     .     .     .     .     .   116
   MAN'S HOPE .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   116
   SONNET     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   117
   A WOODLAND IDYLL .     .     .     .     .     .     .   117
   PERDURABO  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   118
   ON GARRET HOSTEL BRIDGE.     .     .     .     .     .   118
   ASTRAY IN HER PATHS    .     .     .     .     .     .   119
   SONNET TO CLYTIE .     .     .     .     .     .     .   120
   A VALENTINE, '98 .     .     .     .     .     .     .   120
   PENELOPE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   121
   A SONNET OF BLASPHEMY  .     .     .     .     .     .   122
   THE RAPE OF DEATH.     .     .     .     .     .     .   122
   IN THE WOODS WITH SHELLEY    .     .     .     .     .   124
   A VISION UPON USHBA    .     .     .     .     .     .   125
   ELEGY.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   127
   EPILOGUE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   127

JEZEBEL, AND OTHER TRAGIC POEMS -
   DEDICACE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   129
   PERDITA    .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   129
   JEZEBEL.  PART I..     .     .     .     .     .     .   129
      "       "  II..     .     .     .     .     .     .   131
   CONCERNING CERTAIN SINS.     .     .     .     .     .   132
   A SAINT'S DAMNATION    .     .     .     .     .     .   132
   LOT  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   133
   EPILOGUE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   135

AN APPEAL TO THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC    .     .     .     .   136

THE FATAL FORCE     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   141

THE MOTHER'S TRAGEDY.     .     .     .     .     .     .   154

THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST -
   I. THE COURT OF THE PROFANE -
     PROLOGUE. - OBSESSION      .     .     .     .     .   166
     FAME     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   167
     THE MOTHER AT THE SABBATH  .     .     .     .     .   167
     THE BRIDEGROOM .     .     .     .     .     .     .   168
     THE ALTAR OF ARTEMIS .     .     .     .     .     .   169
     THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE    .     .     .     .     .   171
     ASMODEL  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   171
     MADONNA OF THE GOLDEN EYES .     .     .     .     .   173
     LOVE AT PEACE  .     .     .     .     .     .     .   174
     MORS JANUA AMORIS    .     .     .     .     .     .   175
     THE MAY QUEEN  .     .     .     .     .     .     .   177
     SIDONIA THE SORCERESS.     .     .     .     .     .   178
     THE GROWTH OF GOD    .     .     .     .     .     .   178
     TO RICHARD WAGNER    .     .     .     .     .     .   179
     THE TWO EMOTIONS     .     .     .     .     .     .   179
     THE SONNET.  I..     .     .     .     .     .     .   180
        "        II..     .     .     .     .     .     .   180
     WEDLOCK.  A SONNET   .     .     .     .     .     .   180
     SONNET FOR GERALD KELLY'S DRAWING OF JEZEBEL .     .   180
     MANY WATERS CANNOT QUENCH LOVE   .     .     .     .   181
     COENUM FATALE  .     .     .     .     .     .     .   181
     THE SUMMIT OF THE AMOROUS MOUNTAIN     .     .     .   181
     CONVENTIONAL WICKEDNESS    .     .     .     .     .   181
     LOVE'S WISDOM  .     .     .     .     .     .     .   182
     THE PESSIMIST'S PROGRESS   .     .     .     .     .   182
     NEPHTHYS .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   182
     AGAINST THE TIDE     .     .     .     .     .     .   182
     STYX     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   183
     LOVE, MELANCHOLY, DESPAIR  .     .     .     .     .   183
  II. THE GATE OF THE SANCTUARY -
     TO LAURA .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   184
     THE LESBIAN HELL     .     .     .     .     .     .   185
     THE NAMELESS QUEST   .     .     .     .     .     .   186
     THE REAPER     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   193
     THE TWO MINDS  .     .     .     .     .     .     .   193
     THE TWO WISDOMS.     .     .     .     .     .     .   194
     THE TWO LOVES  .     .     .     .     .     .     .   194
     A RELIGIOUS BRINGING-UP    .     .     .     .     .   194
     THE LAW OF CHANGE    .     .     .     .     .     .   194
     SYNTHESIS.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   195
 III. THE HOLY PLACE -
     THE NEOPHYTE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .   196
     SIN: AN ODE    .     .     .     .     .     .     .   197
     THE NAME .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   199
     THE EVOCATION  .     .     .     .     .     .     .   200
     THE ROSE AND THE CROSS     .     .     .     .     .   202
     HAPPINESS.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   202
     THE LORD'S DAY .     .     .     .     .     .     .   202
     CERBERUS .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   202
  IV. THE HOLY OF HOLIES -
     THE PALACE OF THE WORLD    .     .     .     .     .   204
     THE MOUNTAIN CHRIST  .     .     .     .     .     .   205
     TO ALLAN MACGREGOR   .     .     .     .     .     .   207
     THE ROSICRUCIAN.     .     .     .     .     .     .   207
     THE ATHANOR    .     .     .     .     .     .     .   208
     THE CHANT TO BE SAID OR SUNG UNTO OUR LADY ISIS    .   211
     A LITANY .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   211

CARMEN SAECULARE -
   PROLOGUE - THE EXILE   .     .     .     .     .     .   214
   "CARMEN SAECULARE"     .     .     .     .     .     .   215
   IN THE HOUR BEFORE REVOLT    .     .     .     .     .   218
   EPILOGUE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   220

TANNHAUSER -
   DEDICATION .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   222
   PREFACE    .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   223
   TANNHAUSER .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   226
     ACT  I.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   226
      "  II.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   230
      " III.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   239
         IV.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   247
          V.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   259

EPILOGUE.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   263

APPENDIX      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   265

TABLE OF CORRESPONDENCES  .     .     .     .     "End of volume"

 

 

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