(02/15/1942) Adonis

In the Gardens of Adonis
Down the headlands of Lebanon
Groves of cypress, rue, and pine trees
Hold their ancient, holy trust,
Hidden deep within the foliage
Marble temples clothed with verdure
Bramble branches bar the pathway
If you seek with knowledge lust.

Yet to him who comes a pilgrim
Who would taste the sacred vintage
Wine the blood and son of Cybele
Let him know, this is the Law;
Come with yearning soul and kingly
Know and be the god Adonis
Pass your way, and dye the scaffold
Ere is told that which you saw.

— Grady L. McMurtry
2/15/1942 e.v.

Originally published in Thelema Lodge Calendar, February & March 1990