…Merlin was still lamenting his plight;
‘How does it happen that the seasons are so different?
Spring provides leaves and flowers,
Summer gives crops,
Autumn ripe apples,
but then Winter’s ice wastes all!
O, that there was no white frost…
The messenger interrupted the Wild Man’s complaint
with notes from a cither which he had brought with him.
He lay in the hazel thicket hidden from sight
and with a low voice began to sing;
‘O, the weeping tears of Gwendolina,
there were none amongst women as beautiful,
in fairness, prettier than the petals of the privet,
the glory of spring shone in her face,
the splendour of stars in her gaze,
but now she is worn with much weeping
for she knows not where her prince has gone!’
Thus sang the messenger in an attempt to soothe Merlin’s
madness and lure him from the wood…
NUANCES OF NICOLL
The Keys to Heaven
Psychologist, Maurice Nicoll studied under Fourth Way exponents G.I Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky, and presented his own philosophy in a series of works published during the Mid Twentieth Century.
In his seminal work, Living Time… he makes no bones about insisting that the psychological states and concepts that he is expounding, and their utilisation, are ancient and stretch back through Christianity, Judaism, the Greek Philosophers, and on into the mysterious climes of Pre-Dynastic Egypt…
In re-presenting these ideas as a series of poetic explorations, author and essayist, Stuart France uncovers a series of links with the Mediaeval Traditions of the Northmen and the Matter of Britain!
What is the original story of our week? How does the moon harrow hell? Prepare to be enthralled, entertained, educated, and enlightened, as new light is shed on the enigmatic figures of Wotan, Merlin, and King Arthur.
They do not write books like this anymore if indeed they ever did!