Of Adam's first wife, Lilith, it is told
(The witch he loved before the gift of Eve)
That, ere the snake's, her sweet tongue could deceive,
And her enchanted hair was the first gold.
And still she sits, young while the earth was old,
And subtly of herself contemplative,
Draws men to watch the bright web she can weave,
Till heart and body and life are in its hold.
The rose and poppy are her flowers
Is he not found, O Lilith, whom shed scent
And soft-shed kisses and soft sleep shall snare?
Lo! as that youth's eyes burned at thine, so went
Thy spell through him, and left his straight neck bent,
And round his heart one strangling golden hair.
--Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The House Of Life, Sonnet 78: Body's Beauty(Lilith)
Definitions of lilith on the Web:
* (aka Lillith): Originally, she was a female demon who formed part of Babylonian and Canaanite
* Pagan religion. She was incorporated into the religion of the ancient Hebrews and is mentioned in
* Isaiah 34:14. The Revised Standard Version of the Bible refers to her as a Night Hag. She was
* believed to be a female demon that seduced men, terrified children at night, etc. Some later Jewish
* sources identified her as the first wife of Adam, created at the same time as he was. ...
* One of the planets in astrology, ruler of Gemini and Virgo. Compare Mercury. Lilith is primarily a
* reasoned planet defined by some as the empty focal point of the Moon's elliptical orbit around the
* Earth.
* in ancient Semitic folklore: a female demon who attacks children
* Lilith is known as a Mesopotamian night demon with a penchant for murdering children and
* sadistic sexual assaults on sleeping men. She is also sometimes thought of as the first wife of the
* Biblical Adam. The Burney Relief, of Sumerian or Assyrian origin and dating from c.1950BCE,
* was, until very recently, commonly thought to depict her. Many believe there to be a connection
* between Lilith and Inanna, Sumerian Goddess of war and sexual pleasure.
* Lilith, written by the father of fantasy literature, George MacDonald, was first published in 1895.
* In contrast with his usual fairy tale writings, Lilith is considered among the darkest of
* MacDonald's works, and among the most profound, a myth concerning the nature of evil and life
* after death.
* Lilith is the name of custom built workstation (originating sometimes before 1980) using the
* AMD 2901 bit-slice processor by the group of Niklaus Wirthat ETH Zrich.
* Lilith Clay is a fictional character, a superheroine appearing in DC Comics.
* Lilith Aensland is a video game character from Capcom's Darkstalkers series of fighting games.
* She is a miniature succubus who was created from energy drawn from the succubus Morrigan
* Aensland. This dangerous excess energy was separated from Morrigan at birth by her father,
* Belial, who sealed it away. The separated energy formed a mind of its own and named itself Lilith.

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