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THE WORKS
OF
ALEISTER CROWLEY

“{variation: WITH PORTRAITS}”

VOLUME II

FOYERS
SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF RELIGIOUS TRUTH

1906

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                          CONTENTS OF VOLUME II.

ORACLES

                                                         PAGE
 THE DEATH OF THE DRUNKARD    .     .     .     .     .     1
  A PEEP BEHIND THE SCENES    .     .     .     .     .     1
  LINES ON BEING INVITED TO MEET THE PREMIER IN
      WALES, SEPTEMBER 1892   .     .     .     .     .     1
  THE BALLOON     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     2
  SPOLIA OPIMA    .     .     .     .     .     .     .     2
  A WELCOME TO JABEZ    .     .     .     .     .     .     3
  ELVINA    .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     3
  ADAPTATION OF "ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS" TO
      THE NEEDS OF BRETHREN   .     .     .     .     .     3
  TO MRS. O. ......N C...T    .     .     .     .     .     5
  THE LITTLE HALF-SOVEREIGN   .     .     .     .     .     5
  ODE TO SAPPHO   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     6
  IN A LESBIAN MEADOW   .     .     .     .     .     .     7
  "'TIS PITTY --" .     .     .     .     .     .     .     7
  EPILOGUE TO "GREEN ALPS"    .     .     .     .     .     8
  TWO SONNETS IN PRAISE OF A PUBLISHER    .     .     .     8
  MY WIFE DIES    .     .     .     .     .     .     .     9
  ODE TO VENUS CALLIPYGE.     .     .     .     .     .     9
  THE CANNIBALS   .     .     .     .     .     .     .    10
  THE BLOOD-LOTUS .     .     .     .     .     .     .    12
  THE NATIVITY    .     .     .     .     .     .     .    14
  TRANSLATIONS FROM BAUDELAIRE.     .     .     .     .    15
  CHALDEAN FOOLS  .     .     .     .     .     .     .    19
  CALL OF THE SYLPHS    .     .     .     .     .     .    19
  INVOCATION.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    20
  HYMN TO APOLLO  .     .     .     .     .     .     .    22
  THE HERMIT'S HYMN TO SOLITUDE     .     .     .     .    23  {vA}

ORACLES – “Continued”

                                                         PAGE
  THE STORM .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    25
  ASSUMPTA CANIDIA.     .     .     .     .     .     .    26
  VENUS     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    29
  A LITANY  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    30
  MARCH IN THE TROPICS  .     .     .     .     .     .    31
  NIGHT IN THE VALLEY   .     .     .     .     .     .    32
  METEMPSYCHOSIS  .     .     .     .     .     .     .    33
  ADVICE OF A LETTER    .     .     .     .     .     .    33
  ON WAIKIKI BEACH.     .     .     .     .     .     .    33
  THE TRIADS OF DESPAIR .     .     .     .     .     .    34
  THE DANCE OF SHIVA    .     .     .     .     .     .    36
  SONNET FOR A PICTURE  .     .     .     .     .     .    36
  THE HOUSE .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    37
  ANIMA LUNAE     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    38
  "SABBE PI DUKKHAM"    .     .     .     .     .     .    43
  DHAMMAPADA.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    44
  ST. PATRICK'S DAY, 1902     .     .     .     .     .    48
  THE EARL'S QUEST.     .     .     .     .     .     .    49
  EVE .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    52
  THE SIBYL .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    52
  LA COUREUSE     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    52
  SONNET FOR A PICTURE  .     .     .     .     .     .    52
  TO "ELIZABETH"  .     .     .     .     .     .     .    53
  RONDELS (AT MONTE CARLO)    .     .     .     .     .    53
  IN THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GHIZEH    .     .     .     .    53
  THE HILLS .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    55

ALICE: AN ADULTERY

  INTRODUCTION BY THE EDITOR  .     .     .     .     .    58
  WHAT LAY BEFORE --
    WHITE POPPY   .     .     .     .     .     .     .    61
    MESALINE.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    62  {vB}
                                                         PAGE

ALICE: AN ADULTERY – “Continued”

    CALIFORNIA    .     .     .     .     .     .     .    63
    MARGARET.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    63
  ALICE: AN ADULTERY    .     .     .     .     .     .    64
    THE FIRST DAY .     .     .     .     .     .     .    64
    THE SECOND DAY.     .     .     .     .     .     .    65
    THE THIRD DAY .     .     .     .     .     .     .    65
    THE FOURTH DAY.     .     .     .     .     .     .    65
    REINCARNATION .     .     .     .     .     .     .    65
    THE FIFTH DAY .     .     .     .     .     .     .    66
    THE SIXTH DAY .     .     .     .     .     .     .    66
    THE SEVENTH DAY     .     .     .     .     .     .    66
    THE EIGHTH DAY.     .     .     .     .     .     .    67
    THE NINTH DAY .     .     .     .     .     .     .    67
    THE TENTH DAY .     .     .     .     .     .     .    67
    THE ELEVENTH DAY    .     .     .     .     .     .    68
    THE TWELFTH DAY     .     .     .     .     .     .    68
    RED POPPY     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    68
    THE THIRTEENTH DAY  .     .     .     .     .     .    69
    THE FOURTEENTH DAY  .     .     .     .     .     .    70
    THE FIFTEENTH DAY   .     .     .     .     .     .    70
    THE SIXTEENTH DAY   .     .     .     .     .     .    70
    ALICE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    71
    THE SEVENTEENTH DAY .     .     .     .     .     .    71
    LOVE AND FEAR .     .     .     .     .     .     .    72
    THE EIGHTEENTH DAY  .     .     .     .     .     .    73
    THE NINETEENTH DAY  .     .     .     .     .     .    73
    THE TWENTIETH DAY   .     .     .     .     .     .    73
    THE TWENTY-FIRST DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    73
    THE TWENTY-SECOND DAY     .     .     .     .     .    74
    THE TWENTY-THIRD DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    74
    THE TWENTY-FOURTH DAY     .     .     .     .     .    74
    THE TWENTY-FIFTH DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    75
    THE TWENTY-SIXTH DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    75
    UNDER THE PALMS     .     .     .     .     .     .    75
    THE TWENTY-SEVENTH DAY    .     .     .     .     .    76
    THE TWENTY-EIGHTH DAY     .     .     .     .     .    77
    THE TWENTY-NINTH DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    77
    THE THIRTIETH DAY   .     .     .     .     .     .    77
    A DAY WITHOUT A NUMBER    .     .     .     .     .    78
    THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    78
    THE THIRTY-SECOND DAY     .     .     .     .     .    78
    THE THIRTY-THIRD DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    78  {viA}
                                                         PAGE

ALICE: AN ADULTERY – “Continued”

    THE THIRTY-FOURTH DAY     .     .     .     .     .    79
    THE THIRTY-FIFTH DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    79
    THE THIRTY-SIXTH DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    79
    LETHE   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    80
    THE THIRTY-SEVENTH DAY    .     .     .     .     .    80
    THE THIRTY-EIGHTH DAY     .     .     .     .     .    80
    THE THIRTY-NINTH DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    81
    THE FORTIETH DAY    .     .     .     .     .     .    81
    THE FORTY-FIRST DAY .     .     .     .     .     .    81
    THE FORTY-SECOND DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    82
    AT LAST .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    82
    THE FORTY-THIRD DAY .     .     .     .     .     .    82
    THE FORTH-FOURTH DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    82
    THE FORTY-FIFTH DAY .     .     .     .     .     .    83
    THE FORTY-SIXTH DAY .     .     .     .     .     .    83
    THE FORTY-SEVENTH DAY     .     .     .     .     .    83
    THE FORTY-EIGHTH DAY.     .     .     .     .     .    84
    THE FORTY-NINTH DAY .     .     .     .     .     .    84
    THE FIFTIETH DAY --
     I.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    84
     II.    .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    85
     III.   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    85
    AFTER   .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .    85

THE ARGONAUTS

    ACTUS PRIMUS -- JASON     .     .     .     .     .    86
    ACTUS SECUNDUS -- ARGO    .     .     .     .     .    92
    ACTUS TERTIUS -- MEDEA    .     .     .     .     .    98
    ACTUS QUARTUS -- SIRENAE  .     .     .     .     .   104
    ACTUS QUINTUS -- ARIES    .     .     .     .     .   112

AHAB AND OTHER POEMS

    DIDICACE.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   121
    RONDEL  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   121
    AHAB --
      PART I.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   121
       "  II.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   124
    NEW YEAR, 1903.     .     .     .     .     .     .   127
    MELUSINE.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   127
    THE DREAM     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   128

THE GOD-EATER

    ACT I.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   130
     " II.  .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   136  {viB}
                                                         PAGE

THE SWORD OF SONG . . . . . . . 140

PRELIMINARY INVOCATION -- NOTHUNG   .     .     .     .   141
    INTRODUCTION TO "ASCENSION DAY AND PENTECOST"     .   141
    ASCENSION DAY .     .     .     .     .     .     .   144
    PENTECOST     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   164
   NOTES TO ASCENSION DAY AND PENTECOST --
      NOTE TO INTRODUCTION    .     .     .     .     .   185
      NOTES TO ASCENSION DAY  .     .     .     .     .   190
      NOTES TO PENTECOST.     .     .     .     .     .   203

AMBROSII MAGI HORTUS ROSARUM . . . . . 212

THE THREE CHARACTERISTICS

    I.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   225
   II.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   226
  III.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   226
   IV.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   226
    V.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   227
   VI.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   227
  VII.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   227
 VIII.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   228
   IX.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   228
    X.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   229
   XI.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   230
  XII.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   231
 XIII.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   231  {viiA}
                                                         PAGE
                                                         

בראשית -- AN ESSAY ON ONTOLOGY. . . . . . 223

SCIENCE AND BUDDHISM

    I.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   244
   II.      .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   244
  III. THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS  .     .     .     .     .   245
   IV. THE THREE CHARACTERISTICS    .     .     .     .   246
    V. KARMA.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .   249
   VI. THE TEN FETTERS OR SANYO"G"ANAS    .     .     .   249
  VII. THE RELATIVE REALITY OF CERTAIN STATES OF
           CONSCIOUSNESS.     .     .     .     .     .   250
 VIII. MAHASATIPA"TTH"ANA     .     .     .     .     .   252
   IX. AGNOSTICISM.     .     .     .     .     .     .   254
    X. THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH     .     .     .     .   256
   XI. THE TWILIGHT OF THE GERMANS  .     .     .     .   258
  XII. THE THREE REFUGES.     .     .     .     .     .   259
 XIII. CONCLUSION .     .     .     .     .     .     .   260

THE EXCLUDED MIDDLE; OR THE SCEPTIC REFUTED . . . 262

Time . . . . . . . . . 267

EPILOGUE. . . . . . . . . 283 {viiB}

 

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