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The 3rd Liturgy of the Gibbous Moon

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One of my favorite verses is:

I am the Darkness and the Light,
The Terror and the Hope,
The Nadir and the Zenith.

Love and Fear me,
For I Create and Destroy
With both Grace and Power.

The Eternal and the Ephemeral,
The Spiritual and the Temporal,
Are but Blood and Dust to me.

Flesh and Will,
Worship and War,
By these tokens will you Know me and Forget me.

While best known for its prismatic structure of 2 terms / 3 lines / 4 stanzas, those listeners simultaneously sophisticated but base appreciate the pun in the last line. As fun as "knowing" is, my favorite aspect of the piece is the subtle implication that it's unclear if it is the Goddess speaking through her agent, or her agent speaking directly, but I'm something of an egotist that way.