AL I:12

Come forth, o children, under the stars, & take your fill of love!

This is the first verse telling us how to worship Nuit. It has four parts:

1. “Come Forth”
Where are we to come forth from? Initially this verse does not seem to be related to the previous verse. However, if we assume that it is in response to the previous verse, the implication would be that to “come forth” is to drop the adoration of the fools that are the lesser Gods and Men, who are not as worthy of adoration as Nuit.

2. “o children”
Why does she use the word children? Perhaps it is in reference to I:5 “my unveiling before the Children of men”.

3. “under the stars”
A reference to the night sky, the embodiment of Nuit, so she is asking them to come to a place where they are able to see her. The state of those that adore the fools is that of blindness to the vision of our lady of the stars. Also in AL I:3 we learn that “every man and every woman is a star”, so this would imply that those who adore the fools are blind to the starhood of their fellow men and women.

4. “take your fill of love!”
Who is the source of this love? Nuit or the fellow children under the stars?

“fill of love” occurs once in the KJB, Proverbs 7:
[15] Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
[16] I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
[17] I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
[18] Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.

Which is all very lovely, unless you take into account the surrounding context, where the woman saying this is identified as a married woman attempting to get a young man into her bed. She is also called a harlot and a stranger. Keep in mind that Nuit is married to Hadit and death is the bed wherein we are reunited with the body of Nuit. The last verse in Proverbs 7 says “Her house is the way to the afterlife, going down to the chambers of death.” To which we must say Indeed! Lead On!

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