Imbolc Poetry Blogging 2009…

So for my first Imbolc Poetry Blogging contribution I thought I would start with something by someone else… inspired by a performance of it I listened to recently here is The Hymn to Pan!

(text retrieved here at the Pagan Library...)

Hymn To Pan

Aleister Crowley, 1929


Thrill with the lissome lust of the light,
O man! My man!
Come careering out of the night
Of Pan! Io Pan!
Io Pan! Io Pan! Come over the sea
From Sicily and from Arcady!
Roaming as Bacchus, with fauns and pards
And nymphs and satyrs for thy guards,
On a milk-white ass, come over the sea
To me, to me,
Come with Apollo in bridal dress
(Shepherdess and pythoness)
Come with Artemis, silken shod,
And wash thy white thigh, beautifal God,
In the moon of the woods, on the marble mount,
The dimpled dawn of the amber fount!
Dip the purple of passionate prayer
In the crimson shrine, the scarlet snare,
The soul that startles in eyes of blue
To watch thy wantonness weeping through
The tangled grove, the gnarled bole
Of the living tree that is spirit and soul
And body and brain – come over the sea,
(Io Pan! Io Pan!)
Devil or God, to me, to me,
My man! My man!
Come with trumpets sounding shrill
Over the hill!
Come with drums low muttering
From the spring!
Come with flute and come with pipe!
Am I not ripe?
I, who wait and writhe and wrestle
With air that hath no boughs to nestle
My body, weary of empty clasp,
Strong as a lion and sharp as an asp –
Come, O come!
I am numb
With the lonely lust of devildom.
Thrust the sword through the galling fetter,
All-devourer, all begetter;
Give me the sign of the Open Eye,
And the token erect of thorny thigh,
And the word of madness and mystery,
O Pan! Io Pan!
Io Pan! Io Pan Pan! Pan Pan! Pan,
I am a man:
Do as thou wilt, as a great god can,
O Pan! Io Pan!
Io Pan! Io Pan Pan! I am awake
In the grip of the snake.
The eagle slashes with beak and claw;
The Gods withdraw;
The great beasts come, Io Pan! I am borne
To death on the horn
Of the Unicorn.
I am Pan! Io Pan! Io Pan Pan! Pan!
I am thy mate, I am thy man,
Goat of thy flock, I am gold, I am god,
Flesh to thy bone, flower to thy rod.
With hoofs of steel I race on the rocks
Through solstice stubborn to equinox.
I rave; and I rape and I rip and I rend
Everlasting, world without end,
Mannikin, maiden, maenad, man,
In the might of Pan.
Io Pan! Io Pan Pan! Pan! Io Pan!

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5 thoughts on “Imbolc Poetry Blogging 2009…

  1. Morning Angel,
    I do not know if it’s been set to music… you should probably write to Jason at the Wild Hunt… he also broadcasts the Darker Shade of Pagan, a modern Pagan music podcast… he’s gonna know for sure.. or at least is much more likely than I to have run into it..

    The recitation was actually on the episode of the Druidcast that the post I linked to linked to… I am perhaps not as organized as I could want…

    http://www.druidcast.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=247656

    will take you to the podcast and just listen to Hutton’s lecture…

    Peace,
    Pax

  2. I listened to the Druidcast and was really WOW’d by the speaker. His recitation of Hymn to Pan was amazing! Like the cast announcer said, I could listen to that guy talk forever. What a let-down when he finished his lecture!

    I also enjoyed the Essentials of Druidry feature.

    I’ll have to go look at this goth youtube now.

    Thanks. 🙂

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