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such is the holy gift of the Muses to men. For it is through the Muses and far-shooting Apollo that there are singers and harpers upon the earth; but princes are of Zeus, and happy is he whom the Muses love: sweet flows speech from his mouth. For though a man have sorrow and grief in his newly-troubled soul and live in dread because his heart is distressed, yet, when a singer, the servant of the Muses, chants the glorious deeds of men of old and the blessed gods who inhabit Olympus, at once he forgets his heaviness and remembers not his sorrows at all; but the gifts of the goddesses soon turn him away from these.

Hesiod, Theogony

Hermetic quote Hesiod Theogony happy is he whom the muses love

And how could the Soul lend itself to any admixture? An essential is not mixed. Or of the intrusion of anything alien? If it did, it would be seeking the destruction of its own nature. Pain must be equally far from it. And Grief- how or for what could it grieve? Whatever possesses Existence is supremely free, dwelling, unchangeable, within its own peculiar nature. And can any increase bring joy, where nothing, not even anything good, can accrue? What such an Existent is, it is unchangeably.

Plotinus, The Six Enneads, The First Ennead

hermetic quote Plotinus The Six Enneads soul admixture essential not mixed intrusion alien destruction nature pain grief free dwelling unchangeable joy good

Strong as a man, the Queen strides in.
          Even she shrank frighted! – my aspect
More dreadful than all shapes of sin
          Her dreams might shape or recollect,
Hideous with fasting, madness, grief,
Beyond all speaking or belief.

Aleister Crowley, Ahab, Part II

Hermetic quote Crowley Ahab more dreadful than all shapes sin hideous fasting madness grief beyond speaking belief

Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, nor customary suits of solemn black, nor windy suspiration of forced breath; no, nor the fruitful river in the eye, nor the dejected haviour of the visage together with all forms, moods, shows of grief, that can denote me truly. These indeed seem, for they are actions that a man might play; but I have that within which passeth show; these but the trappings and the suits of woe.

Aleister Crowley, Outside the Bank’s Routine

Hermetic quote Crowley Outside the Bank's Routine forms grief truly actions play within show trappings woe

It was a weary while before they raised him
Boy as he was, none dare disturb his grief.
And for his grief was strong, they loved and praised him
For son’s devotion to their dear dead chief.
Long, long he wept, nor brought with tears relief.
He knew the loss, the old head wise and grey
Well to assoil him of his spirit’s grief,
The twilight dangers of a boy’s dim way,
His dragons to confront, his minotaurs to slay.

Aleister Crowley, Why Jesus Wept

Hermetic quote Crowley Why Jesus Wept none dare disturb his grief dragons to confront minotaurs to slay

During the act of procreation, the force that bonds two people together escaping solitude is in essence a trait that exists in each person, a madness which is imbued with a grief that slowly draws toward the depths of death.

Sadegh Hedayat, trans. Naveed Noori, The Blind Owl [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Hedayat The Blind Owl act procreation force bond people together escaping solitude madness grief depths death