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Lilith


Wildcats shall meet with hyenas,
goat-demons shall call to each other;
there too Lilith shall repose,
and find a place to rest.
There shall the owl nest
and lay and hatch and brood in its shadow
-- Isaiah 34:14f

 

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LILITH


by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, circa 1868

Of Adam's first wife, Lilith, it is told
(The witch he loved before the gift of Eve,)
That, ere the snake's, her sweet tongue could deceive,
And her enchanted hair was the first gold.

And still she sits, young while the earth is old,
And, subtly of herself contemplative,
Draws men to watch the bright web she can weave,
Till heart and body and life are in its hold.

The rose and poppy are her flower; for where
Is he not found, O Lilith, whom shed scent
And soft-shed kisses and soft sleep shall snare?
Lo! as that youth's eyes burned at thine, so went
Thy spell through him, and left his straight neck bent
And round his heart one strangling golden hair.
(Collected Works, 216. ).

Her lute hangs shadowed in the apple-tree,
While flashing fingers weave the sweet-strung spell
Between its chords; and as the wild notes swell,
The sea-bird for those branches leaves the sea.

But to what sound her listening ear stoops she?
What netherworld gulf-whispers doth she hear,
In answering echoes from what planisphere,
Along the wind, along the estuary?

She sinks into her spell: and when full soon
Her lips move and she soars into her song,
What creatures of the midmost main shall throng
In furrowed surf-clouds to the summoning rune:
Till he, the fated mariner, hears her cry,
And up her rock, bare-breasted, comes to die?
(Collected Works 361)

Piled deep below the screening apple-branch
They lie with bitter apples in their hands:
And some are only ancient bones that blanch,
And some had ships that last year's wind did launch,
And some were yesterday the lords of lands.

In the soft dell, among the apple-trees,
High up above the hidden pit she stands,
And there for ever sings, who gave to these,
That lie below, her magic hour of ease,
And those her apples holden in their hands.

 

Various Names of Lilith Throughout History
 

Lilith
Lilu
Lilitia
Lillitheea
Lillu
Screeching Maid of Hell
Maid of Lilla
Lilitu
Shadowy Hell Hag
Howling Crone
Soaring Witch
Night Crone that Steals Engorged Penises
Winged She-Cat
She-Wolf
Creeping Depraved-Crone
Demonic Creeping Crone who steal child
Maid of Despair

 

From The Dead Sea Scrolls
 

"The barren region was filled with hyenas and wild pigs that snorted and growled to each other; then the dark mortals sprawled and groveled in Satan's unholy house and so it came to pass that a winged woman called Lilith came from the sky and warned man of Gods fury at his corrupt world. 'Atone or remain beholden to the Devil' warned Lilith. Man did not take heed and so God made his spirit needful of controlling womankind and so he became terrified of the supremacy that lingers within a woman's heart and thus bound her with customs and traditions that made her dependant on man for time without end."

 


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