SH Archive "If I were Lord of Tartary." A poem by Walter De La Mare, is there a Shriner connection?

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As the regular reader of this site will already know, many of the articles published on StolenHistory.ORG focus on the curious pre-existence of a now momentarily forgotten country known as Tartary. For those whom are new here and/or may not know, some time in the recent past, perhaps as recently as the 1800's it was common knowledge among the peoples of the world that there existed an enormous country known as Tartary. This empire occupied more territory than any other empire before and since. Malicious forces acting with in the shadows have gone to great lengths to remove Tartary from recorded history. To see their villainous plot through theses bad actors have deployed their agents throughout history, they are still active even to this day.

Under ruthless orders to subvert the good people of this planet by any means necessary. Nothing is beneath these agents, espionage, assassination, murder, even world war. Effective as these agents are, they cannot completely scrub the details of Tartary. Cultural artifacts, echos of the past still permeate the every day. "They" may be able to lie about the small details but they can't completely remove the larger events in the timeline. Large European battles take place for example but we can never be sure who exactly was good and who was bad, this applies even to events within living memory. As a general rule the victors are often these agents of evil and the losers are very often fighting for a just cause. Once the modern day investigator becomes aware of this fact any historical event can be re-assessed and through this can be found a deeper understanding of how it truly was in reality.

Walter De La Mare

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25 April 1873 – 22 June 1956
Its with this new found perspective that we will now take a look at a poem written by the great English poet and novelist Walter De La Mare. Although many may not have a first hand experience with De La Mare, he was however very influential with better known Novelists, among them H P Lovecraft. "On the shortage of de la Mare horror stories, Lovecraft wrote: "De la Mare can be exceedingly powerful when he chooses, and I only wish he'd choose oftener.""-Wikipedia. In this poignant prose De La Mare waxes lyrical about a imaginary land known as Tartary...

If I were Lord of Tartary

If I were Lord of Tartary,
Myself, and me alone,
My bed should be of ivory,
Of beaten gold my throne;
And in my court should peacocks flaunt,
And in my forests tigers haunt,
And in my pools great fishes slant
Their fins athwart the sun.

If I were Lord of Tartary,
Trumpeters every day
To all my meals should summon me,
And in my courtyards bray;
And in the evening lamps should shine,
Yellow as honey, red as wine,
While harp, and flute, and mandoline
Made music sweet and gay.

If I were Lord of Tartary,
I'd wear a robe of beads,
White, and gold, and green they'd be --
And small and thick as seeds;
And ere should wane the morning star,
I'd don my robe and scimitar.
And zebras seven should draw my car
Through Tartary's dark gleades.

Lord of the fruits of Tartary.
Her rivers silver-pale!
Lord of the hills of Tartary.
Glen, thicket, wood, and dale!
Her flashing stars, her scented breeze,
Her trembling lakes, like foamless seas,
Her bird-delighting citron-trees,
In every purple vale!
Walter de la Mare
So here we have De La Mare describing with great familiarity the kingdom of Tartary. Curious how his repetition of the line "If I were Lord of Tartary" is much in the same vein as one might declare " If I were king of the world!" Clearly Tartary is as place of tremendous wealth and status at least in the mind of De La Mare. I trust that the reader is immediately aware of the glaringly obvious, that Tartary was not just the wishful thinking of this one man but in fact an actual destination. De La Mare's work is not an anciently sourced text, he would be considered contemporary by many modern scholars and yet he seems to be drawing on occult knowledge long since forgotten by his peers. Where did he learn of Tartary? Perhaps stories past down through his family, he was a descendant from the Huguenots:

The term (Huguenot) has its origin in the early 16th century France. It was used frequently to describe members of the Reformed Church of France from the time of the Protestant Reformation. Huguenots were French Protestants who endorsed the Reformed tradition of Protestantism, contrary to the largely German Lutheran population of Alsace, Moselle, and Montbéliard. -Wikipedia.

What do critics of this work have to say about Tartary? This from www.scribd.com...

"The poem is marked with its romantic and imaginative images. Although our rational mind knows that such a place does not exist".

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"Ignore him kids, De La Mare be trippin yo."
My rational mind is working just fine thanks and I'd bet my bottom dollar such a place did exist. Further exercising my rational mind perhaps we can get a triangulation on the location of this kingdom, i'm getting a very middle eastern vibe from this poem:

"And ere should wane the morning star,
I'd don my robe and scimitar."
The Tartary of Walter De La Mare's mind sounds very exotic, what one might even say 'Arabian'. Scimitars and morning stars, what could this mean? Its well documented that Tartary was quite diverse in its emblems and symbols. It did span entire continents and represented multiple clans so it was not uncommon for local flags to range from the double headed buzzard to the more Islamic Crescent moons. I know turkey's flag has the crescent moon and morning star. The two lines although not expressly joined are a rhyming couplet so they do have some kind of interplay. After a quick google search I found that the flag for the Pakistani military uses this motif. Bit of a nothing burger though, not really what i'm looking for. There was however one other group that uses this as there crest. The Shriners of Freemasonry.

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(Left)Originally Tartarian Cross over Crescent (Middle)Pakistani Military. (Right)Shriner emblem.
Just a quick history of the Shriners before I start spit balling here...

It is an appendant body to Freemasonry. Shriners International company describes itself as a fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth. Historically, Masons had to become members of the York or Scottish Rite Bodies before becoming a Noble of the Shrine. However, at the Imperial Council Session in July 2000, an amendment to Shrine law changed that requirement, allowing Master Masons to become Shriners directly. It is an appendant body to Freemasonry.

The Emblem
[JUSTIFY]The Crescent was adopted as the Jewel of the Order. Though any materials can be used in forming the Crescent, the most valuable are the claws of a Royal Bengal Tiger, united at their base in a gold setting. In the center is the head of a sphinx, and on the back are a pyramid, an urn and a star. The Jewel bears the motto “Robur et Furor,” which means “Strength and Fury.” Today, the Shrine emblem includes a scimitar from which the crescent hangs, and a five-pointed star beneath the head of the sphinx.[/JUSTIFY]

[JUSTIFY]So I realize that there is no direct link between the Shriner group of Freemasonry and the Tartary of Walter De La Mare. It is also obvious that Crescent moons, the morning star and scimitars are well known middle eastern Islamic icons so the Shriners may not necessarily have drawn inspiration specifically from Tartary, it is important to note here that these symbols are Islamic-Islam was once overtly Tartarian-These symbols therefore represent Tartary even if one is not consciously aware of the connection. Their origins still remain.[/JUSTIFY]

[JUSTIFY]What I do find intriguing is that Freemasonry seems to coincidentally or otherwise so appropriately adopt all the old icons of Tartary. The forgotten empire to which we as investigators attribute all of the exquisite masonry ( Freemasonry- a fraternity based upon secret building techniques one would assume. No?) Now moreover we find Islamic elements of Tartary cropping up in the Shriners. I don't know, maybe its just a coincidence. Or you know these are the dark agents who are actively working to suppress our stolen history.[/JUSTIFY]
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