Lilith en la Tierra Roja
de Harvey Wagner Flink
El Gran Ashatar está silencioso como las estrellas:
el dragón y el cormorán poseen las calles
que desembocan en el vacío del desierto;
y todos sus hombres han perecido en alegres guerras.
En las nubes plateadas, vastas manadas de unicornios
descienden sobre la ciudad en la noche;
luchan con los toros salvajes
hasta que la sangre gotea de sus cuernos puntiagudos.
Una serpiente, retorciéndose en la luz enfermiza,
desenrolla su longitud sobre la inundación escarlata;
y mirando a los toros heridos en vuelo,
lame con ávidos labios su sangre deslumbrante;
una serpiente moteada con cara de mujer,
la primera y la última de esa raza abominable.
~ Spanish vampiric poetry
† Short Stories
The Tears of Lilith
de Clark Ashton Smith
O lovely demon, half-divine!
Hemlock and hydromel and gall,
Honey and aconite and wine
Mingle to make that mouth of thine—
Thy mouth I love: but most of all
It is thy tears that I desire—
Thy tears, like fountain-drops that fall
In gardens red, Satanical;
Or like the tears of mist and fire,
Wept by the moon, that wizards use
To secret runes when they require
Some silver philter, sweet and dire.
† Short Stories
Lilith in the Red Land
by Harvey Wagner Flink
Great Ashatar is silent as the stars:
The dragon and the cormorant possess
The streets that end in desert emptiness;
And all its men have perished in glad wars.
In silver clouds vast herds of unicorns
Descend upon the city in the night;
They battle with the savage bulls, and fight
Until the blood drips from their pointed horns.
A serpent, writhing in the sickly light,
Uncoils its length above the scarlet flood;
And staring at the wounded bulls in flight
It laps with avid lips their ravished blood;
A mottled serpent with a woman ’s face,
The first and last of all its loathly race.
† Short Stories
Faust and Lilith is an oil painting by Richard Westall, famous for several portraits of Byron – one hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
He was commissioned by several members of the nobility to adorn their Houses. Westall was a prolific book illustrator of both fiction and poetry, including the works of Sir Walter Scott, Oliver Goldsmith, William Cowper and Thomas Gray.
Quick note: Richard Westall is renowned as being Queen Victoria’s drawing master 😉
† Vampiric Art
Lady Lilith is an oil painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti originally painted in 1866 using his mistress, Fanny Cornforth, as a model. At the insistence of shipping magnate Frederick Richards Leyland, Lady Lilith was partly repainted in 1868 using the face of Alexa Wilding.
On 9 April 1866 Rossetti wrote to Frederick Leyland:
As you continue to express a wish to have a good picture of mine, I write you word of another I have now begun, which will be one of my best. The picture represents a lady combing her hair. It is the same size as Palmifera – 36 x 31 inches, and will be full of material, – a landscape seen in the background. Its color chiefly white and silver, with a great mass of golden hair.
It was commissioned by Leyland in early 1866 and Lady Lilith was delivered to him in early 1869 (with the above mentioned medofication) at a price of £472 – quite a lot for that time 😉
The text that was attached to the painting, originally titled “Body’s Beauty” is in sync with that of another painting of Rossetti’s. He later renames the poem to “Lilith”
Find the poem –> HERE <–
Lady Lilith was donated in 1935 to the Delaware Art Museum where it is now displayed.
There are several copies pertaining to the painter.
A large 1867 replica of Lady Lilith – in watercolor and showing the face of Cornforth, is now owned by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The text that accompanies it is a fragment from Goethe’s Faust:
“Beware of her fair hair, for she excells
All women in the magic of her locks,
And when she twines them round a young man’s neck
she will not ever set him free again.”
† Vampire Art