Thee by the
and by the Unity thereof.
O Thou Consuming Eye of everlasting light set as a pearl
betwixt the lids of Night and Day; I swear to Thee by the formless void of the Abyss,
to lap the galaxies of night in darkness, and blow the meteors like bubbles into the
frothing jaws of the sun.
O Thou ten-footed soldier of blue ocean, whose castle is
built upon the sands of life and death; I swear to Thee by the
glittering blades of the waters, to cleave my way within Thine
armed hermitage, and brood as an eyeless corpse beneath the coffin-lid
of the Mighty Sea.
O Thou incandescent Ocean of molten stars, surging above
the arch of the Firmament; I swear to Thee by the mane-pennoned
lances of light, to stir the lion of Thy darkness from its lair,
and lash the sorceress of noontide into fury with serpents of fire.
O Thou intoxicating Vision of Beauty, fair as ten jewelled
virgins dancing about the hermit moon; I swear to Thee by the
peridot flagons of spring, to quaff to the dregs Thy chalice
of Glory, and beget a royal race before the Dawn flees from awakening Day.
O Thou unalterable measure of all things, in whose lap lie
the destinies of unborn worlds; I swear to Thee by the balance
of Light and Darkness, to spread out the blue vault as a looking-glass,
and flash forth therefrom the intolerable lustre of Thy Countenance.
O Thou who settest forth the limitless expanse, spanned by
wings of thunder above the cosmic strife; I swear to Thee by the voiceless dust of the
desert, to soar above the echos of shrieking life, and as an eagle to feast for ever
upon the silence of the stars.
O Thou flame-tipped arrow of devouring fire that quiverest
as a tongue in the dark mouth of Night; I swear to Thee by the
thurible of Thy Glory, to breathe the incense of mine understanding,
and to cast the ashes of my wisdom into the Valley of Thy breast.
O Thou ruin of the mountains, glistening as an old white
wolf above the fleecy mists of Earth; I swear to Thee by the
galaxies of Thy domain, to press Thy lamb's breasts with the
teeth of my soul, and drink of the milk and blood of Thy subtlety and innocence.
O Thou Eternal river of chaotic law, in whose depths lie
locked the secrets of Creation; I swear to Thee by the primal
waters of the Deep, to suck up the Firmament of Thy Chaos, and
as a volcano to belch forth a Cosmos of coruscating suns.
O Thou Dragon-regent of the blue seas of air, as a chain
of emeralds round the neck of Space; I swear to Thee by the hexagram
of Night and Day, to be unto Thee as the twin fish of Time, which
being set apart never divulge the secret of their unity.
O Thou flame of the horned storm-clouds, that sunderest their
desolation, that outroarest the winds; I swear to Thee by the gleaming sandals of the
stars, to climb beyond the summits of the mountains, and rend Thy robe of purple
thunders with a sword of silvery light.
O Thou fat of an hundred fortresses of iron, crimson as the
blades of a million murderous swords; I swear to Thee by the
smoke-wreath of the volcano, to open the secret shrine of Thy
bull's breast, and tear out as an augur the heart of Thine all-pervading mystery.
O Thou silver axle of the Wheel of Being, thrust through
the wings of Time by the still hand of Space; I swear to Thee by the twelve spokes
of Thy Unity, to become unto Thee as the rim thereof, so that I may clothe me
majestically in the robe that has no seam.
O Glory be unto Thee through all Time
and through all Space: Glory,
and Glory upon Glory,
and Amen, and