The star in the West;: a critical essay upon the works of Aleister Crowley,

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Why now not with time? To-morrow we may even see The circle ended – if to-morrow be— And gaze on chaos, and every week convey again Adam and Eve underneath the apple tree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Join’st thou thy feeble palms in silly prayer To him thy mind hath moulded and set there In thy brain’s heaven? any such god replies As thy fears circulation, So males pray far and wide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . God did first paintings in earth whilst womankind He chipped from Adam’s rib – a thankless activity I wot His knowledge has lengthy for the reason that repined. . . . . . . . . . . . . . whilst i'm lifeless bear in mind me for this That I bade employees paintings, and fanatics kiss; Laughed with the Stoic on the dream of soreness, And preached with Jesus the evangel–bliss. * *Mysteries: Lyrical and Dramatic, vol. i, pp. 109-112. (The metre even though now not the cadence is that of “Laus Veneris. ”) while such strains because the following within the moment poem additionally remind us of the astronomer poet: O thou, zelator of this Paradise, inform thou the key of’ the pillar! None Can listen thee, of the souls underneath the sunlight. communicate! or the very Godhead in thee dies. For we're many, and thy identify is One. * *The Temple of the Holy Ghost, vol. i, p. 191. earlier than we go away the sparkling east, yet another curious similarity nonetheless moves us, it truly is that although in such a lot of methods the guidelines of Aleister Crowley are such as these of Omar Khayyám, but his fertile mind's eye additionally engenders flights as religious as these inside the melodious ghazals of Jeláladdín. in additional than one position we encounter traces just like those in Tannhäuser: I say, then, “I;” and but it's not “I” detailed, yet “I” contain in All. i'm the Resurrection and the existence! The paintings is done, and the evening rolled again! i'm the emerging solar of lifestyles and lightweight, the distinction of the Shining of the sunrise! i'm Osiris! I the Lord of existence successful over demise— O Sorrow, Sorrow, Sorrow of the realm! * *Tannhäuser, vol. i, p. 261. That such similarities as now we have mentioned above express Aleister Crowley to be a copyist, needs to be faraway from the minds of all his readers. formative years most probably has a tendency in the direction of yes beliefs, and regularly leads to a distinct hero-worship; yet genius can't be certain for lengthy; it is going to finally locate its own point. The mere indisputable fact that sure types of suggestion and modes of expression happen right here as they've got happened in other places, should still he as a literary barometer, allowing us to pass judgement on the psychological commonplace of the author. All nice writers may have many issues in universal. it truly is greater than possible that Aleister Crowley had already learn such a lot of Shakespeare earlier than he wrote “The Mother’s Tragedy,” and but, due to this we must always now not unavoidably say that the subsequent fantastic traces have been as a result of the impact of the good grasp, even though the truth that they're in lots of respects equivalent to a lot of his most sensible: Your breath, that burns upon me, wraps me around With whirling ardour, pierces via my veins With its unhallowed hearth, constrains, compels, Drags out the corpse of 20 years in the past From the untrusty coffin of my brain, To poison, to deprave, to strike you there Blind with its horror.

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