17 January | Sacred Readings v1

V. THE ÚBO WARS.

With Autumn’s fall
Olúbo came with gifts before the shrine
Of the grim Forest-God who hedged his land,
And prayed him to accept the corn he brought
And the fat beasts, nor seize his lands again.
And the God saw the oil, and smelled the blood
Of birds and cattle; and the longed-for voice
Came to Olúbo: “See with the rain I come
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16 January | Sacred Readings v1

V. THE ÚBO WARS.

But to these colonists the Gods, their Fathers,
Gave no good gifts: ‘midst battles with the Wild,
‘Mid struggles with the Forest the town grew-
While dull remembrance of unnatural wrongs
p. 41 Bred Man’s first rebel thought against the Gods;
And when the time of festival was near,
Word came to Ífè that the folk of Úbo
Would bring no gifts, nor worship at… Continue reading

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15 January | Sacred Readings v1

V. THE ÚBO WARS.

The years slid by
Unnoted while King Ógun2 reigned. The World
Was young: upon the craggy slopes the trees
Shot forth red buds, and ancient Ífè, gaunt
With suffering, dreamed again her early dreams.
Taught by the Gods, the folk began to learn
The arts of Heaven’s peace anew; the drum
Returned to measures of the dance, and Great
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14 January | Sacred Readings v1

IV. THE SACRIFICE OF MÓRIMI.

Then doubt
Seized Mórimi but still she answered; “Will Gods
Not give? Is the grim World a morning market
Where they drive bargains with the folk they made?
Are babes as bangles which Obálufon
Fashions to barter?” But Édi answered her:
“But once Arámfè spoke to Odudúwa,
And with what heavy hearts the Gods went forth
From Heaven’s valleys to the blackness! Now thrice,1… Continue reading

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13 January | Sacred Readings v1

IV. THE SACRIFICE OF MÓRIMI.

Silently in the night
Came Édi, the Perverter, the smooth of tongue,
Who with his guileful reasoning compels
To conscious sin: “The forms of messengers
Reveal the thoughts of Ífa, and the ears
Of Ífa, the God-Messenger, have heard
The far-off, thundrous voice. Would you hold back?
Is not the birth of Nations the first law
Arámfè gave? Can any wife withstand
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12 January | Sacred Readings v1

IV. THE SACRIFICE OF MÓRIMI.

“Okpéllè,
To you the woe of Mórimi is known;
You only can reveal its secret cause,
Its unknown cure!” Then he laid down the charm
And Óffun Kánran stood before them. The face
Of Ífa’s priest was troubled, and he said:
“Mórimi, this is the message of my lord
Ífa: a son, nay many sons, you long for.
You have a daughter, and your… Continue reading

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