Jan 24, 2007 10:52 AM
by Mark Jaqua
Poem by AE
Now as I lean to whisper
To earth the last farewells,
The sly witch lays upon me
The subtlest of her spells:
Beauty that was not for me,
The love that was denied,
Their high disdainful sweetness
Now melted from their pride:
They run to me in vision,
All promise in their gaze,
All earth's heart-choking magic,
Madness of nights and days.
"These gifts are in my treasure,
Though fleeting be the breath;
Here only to wild giving
Is love made fire by death.
"This spell I put upon thee
Must, in thy being burn,
Till from the Heavenly City
To me thou shalt return."
- AE ("House of the Titans")
AE (George William Russell was
an Irish Theosophist born in the second
half of the 19th century and died in
1937(?). He exchanged some general
correspondence with Blavatsky in her
later years. He first became known
as a writer in Dunlop's "The Irish
Theosophist." His "guru" at this time,
to an extent, was James Pryse, who
had live in HPB's house and ran the
Press. (Pryse in his later years in
California, made violins for part of
his living.) During his years working
as a clerk and writing for the "Irish
Theosophist," he lived at the ashram
at Dunlop and his wife's house with
several other young men Theosophists.
He later got married and had a son.
There's a couple of biographies on AE.
He remained a Theosophist and proponent
of Blavatsky throughout his life.
During the "Judge split" he sided with
Judge. AE published at least 10 books,
of poetry mostly - probably most
known to modern theosophists from his
"The Candle of Vision" reprinted by
Quest in the 1960's. AE ran a
Theosophical group throughout his life
in Dublin, Ireland which was called
the "Hermetic Society." When AE passed,
it was taken over by P.G Bowen (or his
son?) AE was close friends with Yeats
and other writers of the Irish Revival.
He was primarily active in the Irish
Agricultural Co-op movement, and
travelled from town to town on his
bicycle, and wrote a column for a
prominent Reformist newspaper for years.
He survived on a ridiculously low
income in order to keep doing his work.
When he made a trip to the U.S. in the
last few years of his life, he was
asked to visit the US Sec. of Agriculture
for advice on and his experience with
developing Co-ops in Ireland. He was
also a well-know artist with a unique style.
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