Household Gods
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Household Gods, by Aleister Crowley
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Title: Household Gods
Author: Aleister Crowley
Release Date: November 14, 2004 [EBook #14040]
Language: English
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Graphics and textual content produced by Lolaness. HOUSEHOLD GODS
A Comedy By Aleister Crowley
[Privately Printed in 1912]
TO LEILA WADDELL
SCENE
THE HEARTH OF CRASSUS; AFTERWARDS THE LAWNS, THE WOODS, THE LAKE, THE ISLE.
CHARACTERS
CRASSUS, a barbarian from Britain.
ADELA, his wife, a noble Roman lady.
ALICIA, a servant in the house.
A STATUE OF PAN.
A FAUN. HOUSEHOLD GODS
THE SCENE is at the hearth of CRASSUS, where is a little bronze altar dedicated to the Lares and Penates. A pale
flame rises from the burning sandal-wood, on which CRASSUS throws benzoin and musk. He is standing in deep
dejection.
CRASSUS.
Smoke without fire!
No thrill of tongues licks up
The offerings in the cup.
Dead falls desire.
Black smoke thou art,
O altar-flame, that dost dismember,
Devour the hearth, to leave no ember
To warm this heart.
I see her still -
Adela dancing here
Till dim gods did appear
To work our will.
The delicate girl!
Diaphanous gossamer
Subtly revealing her
Brave breast of pearl ...

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Household Gods, by Aleister Crowley
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net
Title: Household Gods
Author: Aleister Crowley
Release Date: November 14, 2004 [EBook #14040]
Language: English
*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HOUSEHOLD GODS ***
Graphics and textual content produced by Lolaness.
HOUSEHOLD GODS
A Comedy By Aleister Crowley
[Privately Printed in 1912]
TO LEILA WADDELL
SCENE
THEHEARTH OFCRASSUS; AFTERWARDS THELAWNS, THEWOODS, THELAKE, THEISLE.
CHARACTERS
CRASSUS, a barbarian from Britain. ADELA, his wife, a noble Roman lady. ALICIA, a servant in the house. A STATUE OF PAN. A FAUN.
HOUSEHOLD GODS THE SCENE is at the hearth of CRASSUS, where is a little bronze altar dedicated to the Lares and Penates. A pale flame rises from the burning sandal-wood, on which CRASSUS throws benzoin and musk. He is standing in deep dejection. CRASSUS. Smoke without fire!  No thrill of tongues licks up  The offerings in the cup. Dead falls desire. Black smoke thou art,  O altar-flame, that dost dismember,  Devour the hearth, to leave no ember To warm this heart. I see her still - Adela dancing here  Till dim gods did appear To work our will. The delicate girl!  Diaphanous gossamer  Subtly revealing her Brave breast of pearl! Now - she's withdrawn  At dusk to the wild woods,  Mystic beatitudes That dure till dawn. Let life exclaim  Against these things of spirit,  Mankind that disinherit Of love's pure flame! [He bends before the altar and begins to weep.] Ye household gods!  By these male tears I swear  That ye shall grant this prayer. All things at odds Shall be put straight - Harmonized, reconciled  By some appointed child Of some far Fate! [A curtain has been drawn aside during this invocation, and ALICIA advances. She smiles subtly upon him; and, giving a strange gesture, makes one or two noiseless steps of dancing.] ALICIA. Master still sad? CRASSUS. These faint and fearful shores  Of time are beaten by the surge of sense,  Love worn away - by love? - to indifference. Who knows what god - or demon - she adores?  Or in what wood she shelters, or what grove  Sees her profane our sacrament of love? ALICIA. I saw her follow The stream in the hollow Where never Apollo  Abides. So thick are the trees That never the breeze
CRASSUS. What will you then?
ALICIA. No gift from men. Of my own free will I give you wit, (O man so sorely in need of it!) And happiness; and the flame that hath dwindled On this dull hearth shall be rekindled. But this you must swear: To will, and to dare, To seek the spirit and slay the sense;  And for this hour  To give me power To lead you in silent obedience, Though I bade you fall on your sword….
CRASSUS. Yet at these secrets and riddles? Behold! I can fill thy lap with a harvest of gold.
ALICIA. Yet all the gold you could give to me Would fall at my feet when I rose to be free.
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Lighter of foot  Than a sylph or a fairy,  Sinuous, wary,  I passed from the airy Lawns, where the flute  Of the winds made tremulous music for man.
I followed the ripple  Of the stream; I crept  Where the waters wept - The floss in the foss  Gurgling across  The bosses of moss, Like a dryad's nipple  In the mouth of Pan!
CRASSUS.  Enough! I give my life as I gave my love.
CRASSUS. Freedom is thine for the skill and the will.
ALICIA. The skill is mine - but the will lies still, Still as the earth that dare not stir Till the kiss of the sun awaken her!
CRASSUS. O pearl of the house! you came to the end?
ALICIA. The dusk of the slave, the dawn of a friend?
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