STEFAN GEORGE AND HIS CIRCLE 145 of invective which sometimes breaks up the rigidity of George's icy lines in normal enjambments. In Das Zeitgedicht\& pours scorn on those who would praise him now his rank is assured; in Dante und das Zeitgedicht, Goethe-Tag and Nietzsche he shows the affinity of his fate to those great creative geniuses who were isolated by the supremacy of their intellect. In Ge^eiten we have George's one erotic burst. But there is nothing whatever to indicate that a female is the subject of these love lyrics; and they have morbid thrills: e.g. Als glitten erkaltete finger \ A.uf wangen von sonnigem flaum. But the absorbing interest is gathered into the middle part, Maximin. One poem, Aufdas Leben und den Tod Maximins^ is in six parts: the first apostrophizes the Munich friends: * . . . mit schimmer urn die haare \ Erschien eingott und trat %u euch ins haus . . . | Preist eure stadt die einen gott geboren! \ Preist eure %eit in der ein gott gelebtT The second describes a pious visit to the place where the God was born. Einverhibung is ecstatic mysticism: George worshipping Maximin calls himself the creation of his own son (Ich geschopf nun eignen sohnes). Der Stem des Bundes (1914), again tripartite, continues the doc- trine embodied by Maximin: physical beauty is not only the guer- don of love, it is the law of life and the very sense of the universe. Since Maximin was the perfect youth (^schon me kein bild undgreifbar me kein tram??} George's doctrine is also worship of youth - and, since from the time of the appearance of Der Stern des Bmdes the youth movement grew apace in Germany, it had its share in fur- thering the cult (so important as it has proved for military policy) of the beautiful and healthy body. It was one of the books - Also sprachZarathustra and Rilke's Die Weise von 'Liebe undToddes Cornets Christoph ~BJIke were two others - which soldiers carried in their knapsacks during the War. In George's 'third humanism',1 which in this book he interprets, the principles of the Third Empire are foreshadowed: thus the children of God must keep apart from ' women of alien nature' ('Mif den frauen fremder ordnung \ Sollt ihr nicht den leib beflecken \ Harret! lasset pfau bei affeT}.2 Sundering dubious divinity from divine poetry one must give first place to the poems in this book in which what should be the monotonous 1 The term 'dritter Humanismus* derives, not from George himself, but from Lothar Helbing's essay Der dritte Humanismus. - fremde Qrdnung=gemeines Wesen. Racial application to 'blood-pollution* was inevitable.