The Warrior and the Daughter of Albion
Look! the beautiful Daughter of Albion sits naked upon the Stone,
Her panting Victim beside her; her
heart is drunk with blood,
Tho' her brain is not drunk with wine; she goes forth from Albion
In pride of beauty,
in cruelty of holiness, in the brightness
Of her tabernacle, and her ark and secret place. The beautiful
Of Albion delights the eyes of the Kings; their hearts and the
Hearts of their Warriors glow hot
before Thor and Friga. O Moloch!
O Chemosh! O Bacchus! O Venus! O Double God of Generation!
Heavens are cut like a mantle around from the Cliffs of Albion,
Across Europe, across Africa, in howlings
and deadly War.
A sheet and veil and curtain of blood is let down from Heaven
Across the hills of Ephraim,
and down Mount Olivet to
The Valley of the Jebusite . . .
O beautiful Daughter of Albion, cruelty is thy
O Virgin of terrible eyes, who dwellest by Valleys of springs
Beneath the Mountains of Lebanon,
in the City of Rehob in Hamath,
Taught to touch the harp, to dance in the circle of Warriors
Kings of Canaan, to cut the flesh from the Victim,
To roast the flesh in fire, to examine the Infant's limbs
cruelties of holiness, to refuse the joys of love, to bring
The Spies from Egypt to raise jealousy in the
bosoms of the twelve
Kings of Cannan; then to let the Spies depart to Meribah Kadesh,
To the place of the Amalekite. I am
drunk with unsatiated love;
I must rush again to War, for the Virgin has frown'd and refus'd.
I curse, and sometimes bless thy fascinating beauty.
Once Man was occupièd in intellectual pleasures
But now my Soul is harrow'd with grief and fear, and love and desire,
And now I hate, and
now I love, and Intellect is no more:
There is no time for anything but the torments of love and desire:
Feminine and Masculine Shadows, soft, mild, and ever varying
In beauty, are Shadows now no more, but
Rocks in Horeb.
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