Thee by the
and by the Unity thereof.
O Thou Sovran Warrior of steel-girt valour, whose scimitar
is a flame between day and night, whose helm is crested with
the wings of the Abyss. I know Thee! O Thou four-eyed guardian
of heaven, who kindleth to a flame the hearts of the downcast,
and girdeth about with fire the loins of the unarmed.
O Thou Sovran Light and fire of loveliness, whose flaming
locks stream downwards through the aethyr as knots of lightening
deep-rooted in the Abyss. I know Thee! O Thou winnowing flail
of brightness, the passionate lash of whose encircling hand scatters
mankind before Thy fury as the wind-scud from the stormy breast
O Thou Sovran Singer of the revelling winds, whose voice
is as a vestal troop of Bacchanals awakened by the piping of
a Pan-pipe. I know Thee! O Thou dancing flame of frenzied song,
whose shouts, like unto golden swords of leaping fire, urge us
onward to the wild slaughter of the Worlds.
O Thou Sovran Might of the most ancient forests, whose voice
is as the murmur of unappeasable winds caught up in the arms
of the swaying branches. I know Thee! O Thou rumble of conquering
drums, who lulleth to a rapture of deep sleep those lovers who
burn into each other, flame to fine flame.
O Thou Sovran Guide of the star-wheeling circles, the soles
of whose feet smite plumes of golden fire from the outermost
annihilation of the Abyss. I know Thee! O Thou crimson sword
of destruction, who chasest the comets from the dark bed of night,
till they speed before Thee as serpent tongues of flame.
O Thou Sovran Archer of the darksome regions, who shooteth
forth from Thy transcendental crossbow the many-rayed suns into
the fields of heaven. I know Thee! O Thou eight-pointed arrow
of light, who smiteth the regions of the seven rivers until they
laugh like Maenads with snaky thyrsus.
O Thou Sovran Paladin of self-vanquished knights, whose path
lieth through the trackless forests of time, winding athrough
the Byss of unbegotten space. I know Thee! O Thou despiser of
the mountains, Thou whose course is as that of a lightening-hoofed
steed leaping along the green bank of a fair river.
O Thou Sovran Surging of wild felicity, whose love is as
the overflowing of the seas, and who makest our bodies to laugh
with beauty. I know Thee! O Thou outstrider of the sunset, who
deckest the snow-capped mountains with red roses, and strewest
white violets on the curling waves.
O Thou Sovran Diadem of crowned Wisdom, whose work knoweth
the path of the sylphs of the air, and the black burrowings of
the gnomes of the earth. I know Thee! O Thou Master of the ways
of life, in the palm of whose hand all the arts lie bounden as
a smoke-cloud betwixt the lips of the mountain.
O Thou Sovran Lord of primaeval Baresarkers, who huntest
with dawn the dappled deer of twilight, and whose engines of
war are blood-crested comets. I know Thee! O Thou flame-crowned
Self-luminous One, the lash of whose whip gathered the ancient
worlds, and looseth the blood from the virgin clouds of heaven.
O Thou Sovran Moonstone of pearly loveliness, from out whose
many eyes flash the fire-clouds of life, and whose breath enkindleth
the Byss and the Abyss. I know Thee! O Thou fountain-head of
fierce aethyr, in the pupil of whose brightness all things lie
crouched and wrapped like a babe in the womb of its mother.
O Thou Sovran Mother of the breath of being, the milk of
whose breasts is as the fountain of love, twin-jets of fire upon
the blue bosom of night. I know Thee! O Thou Virgin of the moonlit
glades, who fondleth us as a drop of dew in Thy lap, ever watchful
over the cradle of our fate.
O Thou Sovran All-Beholding eternal Sun, who lappest up the
constellations of heaven, as a thirsty thief a jar of ancient
wine. I know Thee! O Thou dawn-wing'd courtesan of light, who
makest me to reel with one kiss of Thy mouth, as a leaf cast
into the flames of a furnace.
O Glory be unto Thee through all Time
and through all Space: Glory,
and Glory upon Glory,
and Amen, and