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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

TANNHÄUSER -

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

EPILOGUE. . . . . . . . . 263

APPENDIX . . . . . . . . 265

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