“I see, beyond all seas and star,
The gates of hell, the paths of death
Open: unclasp the surly bars
Before the voice of him that saith:
“I will!” Droop lower to my knees!
Sink gently to the leopard’s skin!1” [via]
Crowley note on this quote: 1. An actual rug: not a symbol.
“Nor thus did love’s embraces wane,
Though lusty limbs grow idle quite;
Our mouths’ red valves are over-fain
To suck the sweetness from the night;
And amorously, with touches light,
Steal passion from reluctant pain.
So has the daystar fled again
Before the blushes of the sky,
So did I clasp thy knees in vain:
For we must part, and love must die.” [via]