(12/10/1943) Grady McMurtry to Aleister Crowley

1684th Ord MM Co (Avn) (Q)
APO 635 AAF 473
10 December 1943

Care Frater

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

So very about have to postpone my trip after having called you but the Army moves in strange and mysterious ways its wonders to perform. What was a beautiful idea one day was a total impossibility the next. Perhaps I can make it this next week end — or maybe just Sunday and Monday. In any case I will call you.

Received the Equinox in good order. Will apply myself diligently. Had hoped to show you my latest poem when I came in this week but it isn’t finished yet. This is the way it starts:


Ho! let there be rejoicing – for I, Pan,
Am come to bid ye welcome to my shrine.
Bid trumpets flourish – let my joy be thine
For by the beard of Zeus and Neptunes’ tine
I’ve waited long enough – let him who can

Gainsay me. Come! the festal table creaks
With slabs of slaughtered ox and tender lamb
While from my procine herds we have sweet ham
To woo the taste of gluttony – and ram
Horn mugs awash with mead. Oho – who speaks”

Well, by my rough and harry soul, of course!
For each fair maiden here’s a dainty paste
And age’d wine to suit the fickle taste.
Fall to! m’lads, or would you have me waste
This festal hour in talking? Here’s the source etc

will inflict you with the rest of it sometime next week.

Love is the law, love under will.

Fraternally in the Bonds of the Order.

Note: Originally published in Thelema Lodge Calendar, June 2001.

(12/10/1943) Grady McMurtry to Aleister Crowley

Note: Thank you to William Heidrick for making this image available.