An untitled poem
by Aleister Crowley
, published in Konx om Pax
as part of the story "The Stone of the Philosophers
". The poem takes the form of an oath
sworn by a character named Denzil
; hence the node title.
I swear by all the stars that stream
Through all the lofty leaves of night:
I swear by the tremendous towers
That crown Granada's vale of flowers:
I swear by their impending gleam,
The Sierra's snowy swords of light!
By all the cruel and cold despair
That Christ hath brought upon the land:
By Mary and the false blind beastly
Lies of the prudish and the priestly:
By God and death and hate I swear
That man shall rise, shall understand.
I swear this by my lucid Eye,
By all the freedom I have won,
That men shall learn to love and doubt,
Put faith and slavery to the rout,
And eagle-pinioned even as I
Soar to the splendour of the sun!