Omniumgathum Poems

 

Cats -

Cats curl upon my bed,

Hieroglyphics yet unread.

Those who worship moon-eyed bast,

Sleep the future, dream the past.

Satin fur, sineuwy limbs,

Jeweled eyes, never dim.

Wisdom unknown to my kind,

Alien thoughts, alien mind.

Yet we are linked, will to will,

Uneasy bonds time can not still.


 

The Last Cohort -

Mithra, God of the Morning,

Thy trumpet arouses the wall!

Mithra, Lord of the Dawning,

Who hath given rule over all.

With my sword and my shield before me,

And the spears of my men at my back,

Mithra, Lord of the Dawn Light,

March we now to attack.

For the legions have gone from Britain

And the Wall is broken stone,

Mithra, God of Soldiers,

Must we fight on alone?

The ravens scream above us,

Our square is breaking now!

Mithra, God of the Dawn Light,

Remember thou our vow.

For we are the last to hail thee,

In thy shrines to bow the knee.

Mithra, Our Lord of Sunlight,

How came this thing to be?

Do gods die with men who call them?

Lie they also among our dead?

Mithra, the Soldiers' Shield Man,

We do not believe you fled.


 

Song of the Barbarian Swordsman -

What grins at me from the cherry tree?

Bone, unfleshed and hanging free.

What towers high in the market place?

A pile of skulls I must face.

Who rides with fire and sword?

Soldiers bought by Death's Dark Lord.


 

Bibliography of English Editions ~

 

Cats ~

  • Mon-Con I (n.d.) Monogamoot Science Fiction Society (bulletin) (Morgantown, WV)

 

All Three ~

  • Omniumgathum; An Anthology of Verse by Top Authors in the Field of Fantasy (1976) Edited by Jonathan Bacon and Steve Troyanovich, Published by Stygian Isle Press, PH, 64pg ~ Limited to 1000 Copies ~ cover by Clyde Caldwell

Contents:
    5 • Introduction II (Omniumgathum An Anthology of Verse by Top Authors in the Field of Fantasy) • essay by Jonathan Bacon
    5 • Introduction I (Omniumgathum An Anthology of Verse by Top Authors in the Field of Fantasy) • essay by Steve Troyanovich
    7 • Man's Question • (1931) • poem by P. Schuyler Miller
    7 • Life • poem by Harry Warner, Jr.
    7 • Star Gods • poem by Alan Moss
    7 • Thru Calvary • (1920) • poem by Manly Wade Wellman
    7 • Immortality • poem by Edith Ogutsch
    8 •  The Ballad of Venus Nell • interior artwork by Stephen Fabian (variant of Illustration) [as by Stephen E. Fabian ]
    9 • The Ballad of Venus Nell • (1942) • poem by Nelson S. Bond
    12 • The Watcher • (1942) • poem by Kenneth Patchen
    13 • In the Cathedral • (1974) • poem by A. Merritt
    13 • Bells • (1919) • poem by H. P. Lovecraft
    14 • Dear Friend • poem by Joseph Payne Brennan
    14 • The Last Gate • poem by Joseph Payne Brennan
    14 • A Poem About Bone Cancer in Children • (1974) • poem by James Wade
    14 • Escape • poem by Hannes Bok
    14 • Limbo • poem by H. Warner Munn
    15 • Dante Returns from the City • poem by H. Warner Munn
    15 •  Dante Returns from the City • interior artwork by Stephen Riley
    16 • Listen! The Grass is Dying • poem by Edith Ogutsch
    16 • A Recluse Answers • poem by Edith Ogutsch
    16 • A Lovely Riddle • (1871) • poem by Lewis Carroll
    17 •  A Lovely Riddle • interior artwork by Gene Day
    18 • Pictures & Paints • poem by Mervyn Peake
    18 •  Pictures & Paints • interior artwork by Stephen Riley
    19 • Fish or Fowl • poem by Mervyn Peake
    19 • To All Soundless Things • (1954) • poem by Lucile Coleman
    19 • The Rhino and the Lark • poem by Mervyn Peake
    20 •  Moon Dancers • interior artwork by Charles Vess
    21 • Vision • poem by Hannes Bok
    21 • Moon Dancers • poem by Hannes Bok
    22 •  The Princess of Urbs • interior artwork by Clyde Caldwell
    23 • The Ka of Kor-Sethon • (1943) • poem by Hannes Bok
    23 • If One Should Tell Me • poem by Winona Morris Nation
    23 • The Princess of Urbs • (1948) • poem by Stanley G. Weinbaum [as by Stanley Weinbaum ]
    23 • Thomas Conner, the Ancient • (1948) • poem by Stanley G. Weinbaum [as by Stanley Weinbaum ]
    23 • Tis the Voice of the Sluggard • (1865) • poem by Lewis Carroll
    24 • Cats • poem by Andre Norton
    24 • Fairy Gold • poem by H. Warner Munn
    24 • Moon Music • (1953) • poem by Lucile Coleman
    24 • Hunted Pharos • (1949) • poem by Lucile Coleman
    24 • The Night I Was Born • poem by Winona Morris Nation
    24 • Shipster's Tale • poem by Hannes Bok
    25 • Mordor • poem by Richard L. Tierney
    25 • The Last Cohort • poem by Andre Norton
    25 • Song of the Barbarian Swordsman • poem by Andre Norton
    25 • The Last Pagan Speaks • (1919) • poem by H. P. Lovecraft
    25 • The Midges' Dance • poem by Joseph Payne Brennan
    26 • Tonight • poem by John Bredon
    26 • Remember the Night • poem by Michael Moorcock
    26 • Black Harps in the Hills • poem by Robert E. Howard
    27 • Two Peoples • poem by Manly Wade Wellman
    27 • Adventure ("Adventure, I have followed your beck ...") • poem by Robert E. Howard
    27 • There Will Be Other Times • (1959) • poem by Poul Anderson
    27 • To Harry the Oliad Men • poem by Robert E. Howard
    28 •  The Sphinx of the Infinite • interior artwork by Bernie Englum
    29 • Human Sacrifice • poem by Manly Wade Wellman
    29 • To Sappho in Hell • poem by Winona Morris Nation
    29 • Memnon • poem by Manly Wade Wellman
    29 • The Sphinx of the Infinite • (1973) • poem by Clark Ashton Smith
    29 • Hellas • (1918) • poem by H. P. Lovecraft
    30 • The Mortuary • (1971) • poem by Clark Ashton Smith
    30 • Questions (To Robert E. Howard) • poem by Tevis Clyde Smith
    30 • Graveyard • poem by Hannes Bok
    31 •  Questions (To Robert E. Howard) • interior artwork by Gene Day
    32 •  Questions (To Robert E. Howard) [2] • interior artwork by Gene Day
    33 • Speak Well of the Dead • (1912) • poem by William Hope Hodgson
    33 • Background to 'Questions' • essay by Tevis Clyde Smith
    34 • Scorpion Wind • poem by Andrew Darlington
    34 • Abandoned Factory Yard • poem by Joseph Payne Brennan
    34 • Nightmare Number Ten • poem by Edith Ogutsch
    34 • The Drowned Car • (1970) • poem by Ramsey Campbell
    35 • Mimosa • poem by William Hope Hodgson
    35 • Laeta: A Lament • (1918) • poem by H. P. Lovecraft
    35 • Skeleton • poem by Joseph Payne Brennan
    36 • The Bride of the Sea • (1916) • poem by H. P. Lovecraft
    36 •  The Bride of the Sea • interior artwork by Stephen Riley
    40 •  Man Is the Sea's Child • interior artwork by Richard Huber [as by Richard Huber, Jr. ]
    41 • Ripples • (1925) • poem by Manly Wade Wellman
    41 • Lullaby • (1971) • poem by Donald Sidney-Fryer [as by Donald S. Fryer ]
    41 • Candle's End • (1968) • poem by Emil Petaja
    41 • The River • poem by Stanley G. Weinbaum
    41 • Man is the Sea's Child • poem by Frank Belknap Long
    42 •  The Shores of Night • interior artwork by Gene Day
    43 • A Fragment • (1971) • poem by Donald Sidney-Fryer [as by Donald S. Fryer ]
    43 • The Wind Trail • (1910) • poem by A. Merritt
    43 • The Shores of Night • (1947) • poem by August Derleth
    44 • The Silver Birches • (1940) • poem by A. Merritt
    44 • Mist • poem by James Wade
    44 • The Tide • poem by Robert E. Howard
    45 • Braxa • (1963) • poem by Roger Zelazny
    45 • The Unusual Thing • poem by Gordon Larkin
    46 •  The Burial of the Hydra • interior artwork by Bernie Englum
    47 • Wings • poem by Andrew Darlington
    47 • Journeys into the Mythical Present • poem by Andrew Darlington
    47 • The Burial of the Hydra • (1970) • poem by Eddy C. Bertin
    48 • The Naked Land • (1942) • poem by Kenneth Patchen
    48 • Inspiration • (1916) • poem by H. P. Lovecraft
    48 • Jacksnipe Over • (1971) • poem by August Derleth
    48 • Something Left Behind • (1971) • poem by August Derleth
    48 • Odyssey - 4 • poem by Hannes Bok
    49 • Dreamdust • poem by Ruth M. Eddy
    49 • Kudzu Vine • poem by Muriel E. Eddy
    49 • I Forgot • poem by Muriel E. Eddy
    49 • My House, Full of Shadows • (1970) • poem by Eddy C. Bertin
    50 •  Dead Love • interior artwork by Richard Huber [as by Richard Huber, Jr. ]
    51 • Upon the Occasion of Being Asked to Argue That Love and Marriage Are Incompatible • (1973) • poem by Poul Anderson
    51 • Upon the Occasion of Being Asked at a Court of Love to Debate the Topic of What it is About His Lady That Pleaseth Him the Most • (1972) • poem by Poul Anderson (variant of Upon the Occasion of Being Asked at a Court of Love to Declare That About His Lady Which Pleases Him the Most)
    51 • Rescue By a Certain Lady • poem by Tevis Clyde Smith
    51 • My Love • poem by James Wade
    51 • L'Amour Supreme • (1973) • poem by Clark Ashton Smith (trans. of L'Amour Supreme unpublished)
    51 • Dead Love • (1973) • poem by Clark Ashton Smith
    52 • Sinister Sonnet • poem by James Wade
    52 • Shadows Over Squamous • poem by L. Sprague de Camp
    52 •  Shadows over Squamous • interior artwork by Stephen Riley
    53 • Weirditties • (1944) • poem by Hannes Bok and Nichol
    53 • Visions from Aeons ... Dead? • poem by Brian Lumley
    53 • First Contact • poem by A. E. van Vogt
    53 • Theseus • poem by Manly Wade Wellman
    54 • Weirditties of Science • (1951) • poem by Hannes Bok
    54 • Illusion • poem by Richard L. Tierney
    54 • Litrachoor • poem by Henry S. Whitehead
    55 • Let 'er Rip! • poem by Cliff Eddy
    55 • The Dead Bookworm • (1919) • poem by H. P. Lovecraft [as by John J. Jones ]
    55 • The Simple Speller's Tale • (1915) • poem by H. P. Lovecraft
    56 •  Nevermore • interior artwork by Randy Mohr
    57 • The Campus at Midnight • poem by Robert E. Howard
    57 • The Jackal • poem by Robert E. Howard
    57 • New Year's Eve • poem by Ruth M. Eddy
    57 • Nevermore • poem by William Hope Hodgson
    58 • Tiger Girl • poem by Robert E. Howard
    58 • The Pow'r of Wine • (1916) • poem by H. P. Lovecraft
    60 • Bio-Sketches • essay by uncredited
    64 •  Omniumgathum • interior artwork by Hannes Bok
    bc •  Omniumgathum • interior artwork by Jeff Easley