''Clouds they are without water; carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever
As with many other books of Crowley such as The Scented Garden of Abdullah and Alice, an Adultury this work was first published under the pseudonym "the Rev. C. Verey" and pretends to be the work of another hand. Within the introduction there is a claim the starkly esoteric poems were discovered as an anonymous manuscript and presented only as a means to condemn them. Given in the end of the book are notes humourously contemptuous of the text, Crowley sarcastically portraying a pious clergymen before praying to be freed of such "sin".