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Old 01-06-2009   #11
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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy

I love that only one of ye (thus far) wants to acknowledge thanx unto ye Beast Crowley!!
(diabolique laughter);)

"We work in the dark -- we do what we can -- we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art."
--Henry James (1843-1916)
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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy

Got tight last night on absinthe. Did knife tricks.
--Ernest Hemingway to Guy Hickok, 1931
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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy

Kalliste, your Persian ghazal cease to sing: the sun is low,
And the sacred hour of absinthe now is very very nigh.

-- David Park Barnitz, last verses from "Song of Golden Youth"

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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy

Ond'elli a me: Ś tosto m'ha condotto
a ber lo dolce assenzo d'i mart́ri
la Nella mia con suo pianger dirotto.


And he to me: Thus speedily has led me
To drink of the sweet wormwood of these torments,
My Nella with her overflowing tears;

-- Dante Alighieri, La Divina Commedia - Purgatory, XXIII, 85-87 (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy

Whiskey and beer are for fools; absinthe for poets; absinthe has the power of the magicians; it can wipe out or renew the past, and annul or foretell the future."

--From The Letters of Ernest Dowson

"Reality is the shadow of the word." -- Bruno Schulz

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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy

'Thy secret pleasure turns to open shame,
Thy private feasting to a public fast,
Thy sugar'd tongue to bitter wormwood taste:
Thy violent vanities can never last.
How comes it then, vile Opportunity,
Being so bad, such numbers seek for thee?'

-- William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece

"Reality is the shadow of the word." -- Bruno Schulz
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"What would suit you?" queried Errington. "You find everything more or less of a bore."

"Ah, my good little boy!" broke in Duprez. "Paris is the place for you. You should live in Paris. Of that you would never fatigue yourself."

"Too much absinthe, secret murder and suicidal mania," returned Lorimer, meditatively. "That was a neat idea about the coffins though. I never hoped to dine off a coffin."

"Ah! you mean the Taverne de l'Enfer?" exclaimed Duprez. "Yes; the divine waitresses wore winding sheets, and the wine was served in imitation skulls. Excellent! I remember; the tables were shaped like coffins."

--Thelma (1887) by Marie Corelli

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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy



“Art is the soul of life and the Old Absinthe House
is heart and soul of the old quarter of New Orleans.”

Aleister Crowley

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream..
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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy



Sonnet de l’Absinthe
by Raoul Ponchon

Absinthe, O my lively liquor,
It seems, when I drink you
I inhale the young forest’s soul
During the beautiful green season.
Your perfume disconcerts me
And in your opalescence
I see the full heavens of yore,
As through an open gate.
What matter, O refuge of the damned,
That you a vain paradise be,
If you appease my need;
And if, before I enter the gate,
You make me put up with life,
By accustoming me to death.

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream..
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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy

Quote Originally Posted by Bleak&Icy View Post
"Absinthia Taetra" by Ernest Dowson

Green changed to white, emerald to opal; nothing was changed.

The man let the water trickle gently into his glass,
and as the green clouded,a mist fell from his mind.

Then he drank opaline.

Memories and terrors beset him. The past tore after him like a
panther and through the blackness of the present he saw the
luminous tiger eyes of the things to be.

But he drank opaline

And that obscure night of the soul, and the valley of
humiliation, through which he stumbled, were forgotten.
He saw blue vistas of undiscovered countries, high prospects
and a quiet, caressing sea. The past shed its perfume over him,
to-day held his hand as if it were a little child, and to-morrow
shone like a white star: nothing was changed.

He drank opaline.

The man had known the obscure night of the soul, and lay
even now in the valley of humiliation; and the tiger menace
of the things to be was red in the skies. But for a little while
he had forgotten.

Green changed to white, emerald to opal: nothing was changed.
That text can be found on the track "Portals of opium" by the underrated and no longer active project Elijah`'s Mantle: Elijah's Mantle - Betrayals And Ecstacies (CD) at Discogs.
The album dealing with decadence features a quote on the back which might appeal to some readers here: "The true Decadent believes that faith in any kind of progress is misplaced; there is no better world to come, which is still to be made by yet another revolution. He accepts also that salvation is highly unlikely to be found at the personal level".
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