Was there a poem by Aleister Crowley that involved a mechanical girl?

I remember finding one with a straight-forward title, like "The Mechanical Girl" or something, when looking up early uses of pre-computer humanoid automatons in literature...

But now I can't find it, and I'm not sure if it's actually by some other author around the same time, like Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers.

I've gone through Wikipedia's List of fictional robots and androids in literature before the 20th century, and nothing rings a bell.

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I was right about the author, it was just the title being one word off.

It's "The Automatic Girl" by Alesister Crowley, from PDF page 143 of the erotic poetry book, Snowdrops From A Curate's Garden.

The poem is mentioned in only about 261 pages on the internet, according to Google, and isn't mentioned on Wikipedia, so it's not that well known.


The Complete Works of Aleister Crowley are available online, linked from the University of Pennsylvania website. I checked the contents list for each of the Volumes I, II, and III, but didn't see anything that looked like "The Mechanical Girl".

The closest possibilities I saw were the poems in Crowley's collection Rodin in Rime, apparently inspired by the art of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. This poetry collection is available as a searchable PDF, and the word "mechanical" doesn't appear anywhere, nor various synonyms and related terms which I tried in both French and English (the titles of these poems are in French, the poems themselves in English).

  • ... Is there a "The Automatic Girl"? Apparently in Snowdrops From A Curate's Garden? ... Because now after months of thought... And "Automatic Girl" coming to mind... I thought I was mistaken, but right when I was about to say I was... I go look it up...
    – Malady
    Jul 19, 2020 at 22:16
  • @Malady Yes, there is! Would you like to add that as a self-answer? I'd feel bad taking the credit for it in my answer since you discovered it.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jul 20, 2020 at 8:53
  • Yeah, I'll make a self answer... But I wouldn't feel right about doing that without a link to the actual text... Is it not available anywhere? ... And if you find one, I'd be totally fine with you taking the credit as a better searcher!
    – Malady
    Jul 20, 2020 at 12:18
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    @Malady Here it is, but be warned: this is a collection of erotic poetry, and that includes the one you're asking about.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jul 20, 2020 at 12:26
  • And posted! ... Thanks for all your help! ... I'd like a link from that University of Pennsylvania site, for Snowdrops... For that more academic source feel... But I can't seem to find one? Huh.
    – Malady
    Jul 20, 2020 at 15:26

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