The Library


The King in Yellow, by Robert W. Chambers

Along the shore the cloud waves break, 
The twin suns sink behind the lake, 
The shadows lengthen 
In Carcosa 

Strange is the night where black stars rise, 
And strange moons circle through the skies, 
But stranger still is 
Lost Carcosa 

Songs that the Hyades shall sing, 
Where flap the tatters of the King, 
Must die unheard in 
Dim Carcosa. 

Song of my soul, my voice is dead, 
Die though, unsung, as tears unshed 
Shall dry and die in 
Lost Carcosa

Cassilda's Song in The King in Yellow, Act 1, Scene 2.

The Repairer of Reputations
The Mask
The Court of the Dragon
The Yellow Sign
The Demoiselle D'Ys
The Prophets' Paradise
The Street of the Four Winds
The Street of the First Shell
The Street of Our Lady of the Fields
Rue Barree



Other Weird Fiction


Nyarlathotep - H.P. Lovecraft



Aphra Behn's Poetry

This poet and playwright was the first woman in England to make her living as an author. Her career in royal espionage, as well as her bisexuality (and indeed apparent polyamory - judging from the contents of this poetry!), informed the passion and sly cynicism of her work. A more extensive biography can be found here.

The Coquette
To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me, Imagined More Than Woman
On Desire
The Disappointment
The Dream
A Thousand Martyrs
Song (Love Armed, Song from Abdelazar)
On Her Loving Two Equally



Assorted Verse

Most of these are reflections on apocalyptic themes. Oddly, the one that isn't is the Lovecraft poem -- included for a rare glimpse at a more spiritual side of the author.

Primavera - H.P. Lovecraft
The Waste Land - T.S. Eliot
The Hollow Men - T.S. Eliot
Fire and Ice - Robert Frost
The Second Coming - W.B. Yeats
Epistle To Be Left In The Earth - Archibald MacLeish



Bedlam Ballads

By a knight of ghosts and shadows,
I summoned am to tourney
          Ten leagues beyond
          The wild world's end-
Methinks it is no journey.


Tom O' Bedlam's Song - A Long Version - Traditional
Tom O' Bedlam's Song - A Shorter Version - Traditional
Bedlam Boys / Mad Maudlin's Song - Traditional





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