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VALA

Night the Eighth

Then All in Great Eternity Met in the Council of God t as one Man Even Jesus upon Gilead & Hermon t Upon the Limit of Contraction to create the fallen Man The Fallen Man stretchd like a Corse upon the oozy Rock t Washd with the tides Pale overgrown with weeds5 372 That movd with horrible dreams hovring high over his head Two winged immortal shapes one standing at his feet Toward the East one standing at his head toward the west Their wings joind in the Zenith over head t Such is a Vision of All Beulah hovring over the Sleeper 10 The limit of Contraction now was fixd & Man began To wake upon the Couch of Death he sneezed seven times A tear of blood dropped from either eye again he reposd In the saviours arms, in the arms of tender mercy & loving kindness Then Los said I behold the Divine Vision thro the broken Gates t15 Of thy poor broken heart astonishd melted into Compassion & Love And Enitharmon said I see the Lamb of God upon Mount Zion t Wondring with love & Awe they felt the divine hand upon them t For nothing could restrain the dead in Beulah from descending Unto Ulros night tempted by the Shadowy females sweet20 Delusive cruelty they descend away from the Daughters of Beulah And Enter Urizens temple Enitharmon pitying & her heart Gates broken down. they descend thro the Gate of Pity The broken heart Gate of Enitharmon She sighs them forth upon the wind t Of Golgonooza Los stood recieving them t25 For Los could enter into Enitharmons bosom & explore Its intricate Labyrinths now the Obdurate heart was broken [ PAGE100 FIRST PORTION ] From out the War of Urizen & Tharmas recieving them t Into his hands. Then Enitharmon erected Looms in Lubans Gate And calld the Looms Cathedron in these Looms She wove the Spectres Bodies of Vegetation Singing lulling Cadences to drive away Despair from the poor wandering spectres and Los loved them 5 With a parental love for the Divine hand was upon him And upon Enitharmon & the Divine Countenance shone In Golgonooza Looking down the Daughters of Beulah saw With joy the bright Light & in it a Human form And knew he was the Saviour Even Jesus & they worshipped 10 Astonishd Comforted Delighted in notes of Rapturous Extacy t All Beulah stood astonishd Looking down to Eternal Death They saw the Saviour beyond the Pit of death & destruction For whether they lookd upward they saw the Divine Vision Or whether they lookd downward still they saw the Divine Vision 15 Surrounding them on all sides beyond sin & death & hell Enitharmon wove in tears singing Songs of Lamentation And pitying comfort as she sighd forth on the wind the Spectres Also the Vegetated bodies which Enitharmon wove 373 Opend within their hearts & in their loins & in their brain 20 To Beulah & the Dead in Ulro descended from the War Of Urizen & Tharmas & from the Shadowy females clouds And some were woven single & some two fold & some three fold t In Head or Heart or Reins according to the fittest order Of most merciful pity & compassion to the Spectrous dead t25 [ PAGE101 FIRST PORTION ] When Urizen saw the Lamb of God clothed in Luvahs robes Perplexd & terrifid he Stood tho well he knew that Orc Was Luvah But he now beheld a new Luvah. Or One Who assumed Luvahs form & stood before him opposite But he saw Orc a Serpent form augmenting times on times5 In the fierce battle & he saw the Lamb of God & the World of Los Surrounded by his dark machines for Orc augmented swift In fury a Serpent wondrous among the Constellations of Urizen A crest of fire rose on his forehead red as the carbuncle Beneath down to his eyelids scales of pearl then gold & silver 10 Immingled with the ruby overspread his Visage down His furious neck writ ing contortive in dire budding pains The scaly armour shot out. Stubborn down his back & bosom The Emerald Onyx Sapphire jasper beryl amethyst Strove in terrific emulation which should gain a place 15 Upon the mighty Fiend the fruit of the mysterious tree t Kneaded in Uveths kneading trough. Still Orc devourd the food In raging hunger Still the pestilential food in gems & gold Exuded round his awful limbs Stretching to serpent length His human bulk While the dark shadowy female brooding over t20 Measurd his food morning & evening in cups & baskets of iron With tears of sorrow incessant she labourd the food of Orc Compelld by the iron hearted sisters Daughters of Urizen Gathring the fruit of that mysterious tree circling its roo t She spread herself thro all the branches in the power of Orc 25 Thus Urizen in self deci t his warlike preparations fabricated And when all things were finishd sudden wavd among the Stars t His hurtling hand gave the dire signal thunderous Clarions blow t And all the hollow deep rebellowd with the wonderous war t [ PAGE100 SECOND PORTION ] But Urizen his mighty rage let loose in the mid deep t Sparkles of Dire affliction issud round his frozen limbs t Horrible hooks & nets he formd twisting the cords of iron And brass & molten metals cast in hollow globes & bor'd Tubes in petrific steel & rammd combustibles & wheels 30 And chains & pullies fabricated all round the heavens of Los Communing with the Serpent of Orc in dark dissimulation 374 And with the Synagogue of Satan in dark Sanhedrim t To undermine the World of ]Los & tear bright Enitharmon [ PAGE101 SECOND PORTION ] To the four winds hopeless of future. All futurity 30 Seems teeming with Endless Destruction never to be repelld t Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage Terrified & astonishd Urizen beheld the battle take a form t Which he intended not a Shadowy hermaphrodite black & opake t The Soldiers namd it Satan but he was yet unformd & vast35 Hermaphroditic it at length became hiding the Male Within as in a Tabernacle Abominable Deadly The battle howls the terrors fird rage in the work of death Enormous Works Los Contemplated inspird by the holy Spirit Los builds the Walls of Golgonooza against the stirring battle 40 That only thro the Gates of Death they can enter to Enitharmon Raging they take the human visage & the human form Feeling the hand of Los in Golgonooza & the force Attractive of his hammers beating & the Silver looms Of Enitharmon singing lulling cadences on the wind 45 They humanize in the fierce battle where in direful pain Troop by troop the beastial droves rend one another sounding loud The instruments of sound & troop by troop in human forms they urge [ PAGE102 ] The dire confusion till the battle faints those that remain Return in pangs & horrible convulsions to their beastial state For the monsters of the Elements Lions or Tygers or Wolves Sound loud the howling music inspird by Los & Enitharmon Sounding loud terrific men They seem to one another laughing terrible among the banners 5 And when the revolution of their day of battles over Relapsing in dire torment they return to forms of woe t To moping visages returning inanimate tho furious No more erect tho strong drawn out in length they ravin For senseless gratification & their visages thrust forth 10 Flatten above & beneath & stretch out into beastial length Weakend they stretch beyond their power in dire droves till war begins Or Secret religion in their temples before secret shrines And Urizen gave life & sense by his immortal power To all his Engines of deceit that linked chains might run 15 Thro ranks of war spontaneous & that hooks & boring screws Might act according to their forms by innate cruelty He formed also harsh instruments of sound 375 To grate the soul into destruction or to inflame with fury The spirits of life to pervert all the faculties of sense 20 Into their own destruction if perhaps he might avert t His own despair even at the cost of every thing that breathes Thus in the temple of the Sun his books of iron & brass And silver & gold he consecrated reading incessantly To myriads of perturbed spirits thro the universe 25 They propagated the deadly words the Shadowy Female absorbing t The enormous Sciences of Urizen ages after ages exploring The fell destruction. And she said O Urizen Prince of Light What words of Dread pierce my faint Ear what fal ing snows around My feeble limbs infold my destind misery 30 I alone dare the lash abide to sit beneath the blast Unhurt & dare the inclement forehead of the King of Light From dark abysses of the times remote fated to be [ PAGE103 ] The sorrower of Eternity in love with tears submiss I rear My Eyes to thy Pavilions hear my prayer for Luvahs sake I see the murderer of my Luvah clothd in robes of blood He who assured my Luvahs throne in times of Everlasting Where hast thou hid him whom I love in what remote Abyss 5 Resides that God of my delight O might my eyes behold My Luvah then could I deliver all the sons of God From Bondage of these terrors & with influences sweet t As once in those eternal fields in brotherhood & Love United we should live in bliss as those who sinned not 10 The Eternal Man is seald by thee never to be deliverd We are all servants to thy will O King of Light relent Thy furious power be our father & our loved King But if my Luvah is no more If thou hast smitten him t And laid him in the Sepulcher Or if thou wilt revenge t15 His murder on another Silent I bow with dread But happiness can never to thee O King nor me For he was source of every joy that this mysterious tree Unfolds in Allegoric fruit. When shall the dead revive Can that which has existed cease or can love & life Expire 20 Urizen heard the Voice & saw the Shadow. underneath His woven darkness & in laws & deceitful religions Beginning at the tree of Mystery circling its root She spread herself thro all the branches in the power of Orc A shapeless & indefinite cloud in tears of sorrow incessant 25 Steeping the Direful Web of Religion swagging heavy it fell From heaven to heavn thro all its meshes altering the Vortexes t Misplacing every Center hungry desire & lust began 376 Gathering the fruit of that Mysterious tree till Urizen Sitting within his temple furious felt the num ing stupor30 Himself tangled in his own net in sorrow lust repentance Enitharmon wove in tears Singing Songs of Lamentations And pitying comfort as she sighd forth on the wind the spectres And wove them bodies calling them her belovd sons & daughters Employing the daughters in her looms & Los employd the Sons 35 In Golgonoozas Furnaces among the Anvils of time & space Thus forming a Vast family wondrous in beauty & love And they appeard a Universal female form created From those who were dead in Ulro from the Spectres of the dead [ PAGE104 FIRST PORTION ] And Enitharmon namd the Female Jerusa m the holy Wondring she saw the Lamb of God within Jerusalems Veil The divine Vision seen within the inmost deep recess Of fair Jerusalems bosom in a gently beaming fire Then sang the Sons of Eden round the Lamb of God & said 5 Glory Glory Glory to the holy Lamb of God Who now beginneth to put off the dark Satanic body Now we behold redemption Now we know that life Eternal Depends alone upon the Universal hand & not in us Is aught but death In individual weakness sorrow & pain t10 [ PAGE113 FIRST PORTION ] We behold with wonder Enitharmons Looms & Los's Forges t And the Spindles of Tirzah & Rahab and the Mills of Satan & Beelzeboul t In Golgonooza Los's anvils stand & his Furnaces rage t Ten thousand demons labour at the forges Creating Continually The times & spaces of Mortal Life the Sun the Moon the Stars 5 In periods of Pulsative furor beating into wedges & bars t Then drawing into wires the terrific Passions & Affections Of Spectrous dead. Thence to the Looms of Cathedron conveyd The Daughters of Enitharmon weave the ovarium & the integument In soft silk drawn from their own bowels in lascivious delight 10 With songs of sweetest cadence to the turning spindle & reel Lulling the weeping spectres of the dead. Clothing their limbs With gifts & gold of Eden. Astonishd stupefied with delight The terrors put on their sweet clothing on the banks of Arnon t Whence they plunge into the river of space for a period till 15 The dread Sleep of Ulro is past. But Satan Og & Sihon t Build Mills of resistless wheels to unwind the soft threads & reveal Naked of their clothing the poor spectres before the accusing heavens While Rahab & Tirzah far different mantles prepare webs of torture 377 Mantles of despair girdles of bitter compunction shoes of indolence 20 Veils of ignorance covering from head to feet with a cold web We look down into Ulro we behold the Wonders of the Grave Eastward of Golgonooza stands the Lake of Udan Adan In t Entuthon Benithon a Lake not of Waters but of Spaces t Perturbd black & deadly on its Islands & its Margins t25 The Mills of Satan and Beelzeboul stand round the roots of Urizens tree For this Lake is formd from the tears & sighs & death sweat of the Victims Of Urizens laws. to irrigate the roots of the tree of Mystery They unweave the soft threads then they weave them anew in the forms Of dark death & despair & none from Eternity to Eternity could Escape t30 But thou O Universal Humanity who is One Man blessed for Ever t Recievest the Integuments woven Rahab beholds the Lamb of God She smites with her knife of flint She destroys her own work Times upon times thinking to destroy the Lamb blessed for Ever He puts off the clothing of blood he redeems the spectres from their bonds35 He awakes the sleepers in Ulro the Daughters of Beulah praise him They anoint his feet with ointment they wipe them with the hair of their head [ PAGE104 SECOND PORTION ] We now behold the Ends of Beulah & we now behold Where Death Eternal is put off Eternally Assume the dark Satanic body in the Virgins womb O Lamb divin it cannot thee annoy O pitying one Thy pity is from the foundation of the World & thy Redemption 15 Begun Already in Eternity Come then O Lamb of God t Come Lord Jesus come quickly So sang they in Eternity looking down into Beulah. The war roard round Jerusalems Gates it took a hideous form Seen in the aggregate a Vast Hermaphroditic form 20 Heavd like an Earthquake labring with convulsive groans t Intolerable at length an awful wonder burst From the Hermaphroditic bosom Satan he was namd Son of Perdition terrible his form dishumanizd monstrous t A male without a female counterpart a howling fiend 25 Fo lorn of Eden & repugnant to the forms of life Yet hiding the shadowy female Vala as in an ark & Curtains Abhorrd accursed ever dying an Eternal death 378 Being multitudes of tyrant Men in union blasphemous Against the divine image. Congregated Assemblies of wicked men 30 Los said to Enitharmon Pitying I saw Pitying the Lamb of God Descended thro Jerusalems gates To put off Mystery time after time & as a Man Is born on Earth so was he born of Fair Jerusalem In mysterys woven mantle & in the Robes of Luvah 35 He stood in fair Jerusalem to awake up into Eden The fallen Man but first to Give his vegetated body t To be cut off & separated that the Spiritual body may be Reveald [ PAGE109 [105] ] The Lamb of God stood before Satan opposite t In Entuthon Benithon in the shadows of torments & woe t Upon the heights of Amalek taking refuge in his arms t The Victims fled from punishment for all his words were peace t Urizen calld together the Synagogue of Satan in dire Sanhedrim t5 To Judge the Lamb of God to Death as a murderer & robber t As it is written he was numberd among the transgressors t Cold dark opake the Assembly met twelvefold in Amalek Twelve rocky unshapd forms terrific forms of torture & woe Such seemd the Synagogue to distant view amidst them beamd t10 A False Feminine Counterpart Lovely of Delusive Beauty t Dividing & Uniting at will in the Cruelties of Holiness Vala drawn down into a Vegetated body now triumphant The Synagogue of Satan Clothed her with Scarlet robes & Gems And on her forehead was her Dame written in blood Mystery 15 When viewd remote She is One when viewd near she divides To multitude as it is in Eden so permitted because It was the best possible in the State called Satan to Save From Death Eternal & to put off Satan Eternally The Synagogue Created her from Fruit of Urizens tree 20 By devilish arts abominable unlawful unutterable Perpetually vegetating in detestable births Of Female forms beautiful thro poisons hidden in secret Which give a tincture to false beauty then was hidden within t The bosom of Satan The false Female as in an ark & veil 25 Which christ must rend & her reveal Her Daughters are Calld Tirzah She is namd Rahab their various divisions are calld t The Daughters of Amalek Canaan & Moab binding on the Stones t Their victims & with knives tormenting them singing with tears t Over their victims Hear ye the song of the Females of Amalek 30 O thou poor human form O thou poor child of woe Why dost thou wander away from Tirzah why me compell to bind thee 379 If thou dost go away from me I shall consume upon the rocks These fibres of thine eyes that used to wander in distant heavens Away from me I have bound down with a hot iron t35 These nostrils that Expanded with delight in morning skies I have bent downward with lead molten in my roaring furnaces My soul is seven furnaces incessant roars the bellows Upon my terribly flaming heart the molten metal runs In channels thro my fiery limbs O love O pity O pain 40 O the pangs the bitter pangs of love forsaken Ephraim was a wilderness of joy where all my wild beasts ran The river Kanah wanderd by my sweet Manassehs side t Go Noah fetch the girdle of strong brass heat it red hot t Press it around the loins of this expanding cruelty 45 Shriek not so my only love Bind him down Sisters bind him down on Ebal mount of Cursing Malah come forth from Lebanon & Hoglah from Mount sinai Come circumscribe this tongue of sweets & with a Screw of iron Fasten this Ear into the Rock Milcah the task is thine t50 Weep not so sisters weep not so our life depends on this Or mercy & truth are fled away from Shechem & Mount Gilead Unless my beloved is bound upon the Stems of Vegetation Such are the songs of Tirzah such the loves of Amalek The Lamb of God descended thro the twelve portions of Luvah 55 Bearing his sorrows & rec ing all his cruel wounds [ PAGE110 [106] FIRST PORTION ] Thus was the Lamb of God condemnd to Death t They naild him upon the tree of Mystery weeping over him And then mocking & then worshipping calling him Lord & King Sometimes as twelve daughters lovely & sometimes as five They stood in beaming beauty & sometimes as one even Rahab t5 Who is Mystery Babylon the Great the Mother of Harlots t Jerusalem saw the Body dead upon the Cross She fled away t Saying Is this Eternal Death Where shall I hide from Death Pity me Los pity me Urizen & let us build t A Sepulcher & worship Death in fear while yet we live 10 Death! God of All from whom we rise to whom we all return And Let all Nations of the Earth worship at the Sepulcher t With Gifts & Spices with lamps rich embossd jewels & gold Los took the Body from the Cross Jerusalem weeping over They bore it to the Sepulcher which Los had hewn in the rock 15 Of Eternity for himself he hewd it despairing of Life Eternal t [ PAGE105 [113] SECOND PORTION ] But when Rahab had cut off the Mantle of Luvah from t The Lamb of God it rolld apart, revealing to all in heaven And all on Earth the Temple & the Synagogue of Satan & Mystery 40 380 Even Rahab in all her turpitude Rahab divided herself She stood before Los in her Pride among the Furnaces t Dividing & uniting in Delusive feminine pomp questioning him He answerd her with tenderness & love not uninspird Los sat upon his anvil stock they sat beside the forge 45 Los wipd the sweat from his red brow & thus began To the delusive female forms shining among his furnaces I am that shadowy Prophet who six thousand years ago Fell from my station in the Eternal bosom. I divided To multitude & my multitudes are children of Care & Labour 50 O Rahab I behold thee I was once like thee a Son Of Pride and I also have piercd the Lamb of God in pride & wrath Hear me repeat my Generations that thou mayst also repent [ PAGE107 [115] ] And these are the Sons of Los & Enitharmon. Rintrah Palamabron t Theotormon Bromion Antamon Ananton Ozoth Ohana Sotha Mydon Ellayol Natho Gon Harhath Satan Har Ochim Ijim Adam Reuben Simeon Levi Judah Dan Naphtali Gad Asher Issachar Zebulun Joseph Benjamin David Solomon 5 Paul Constantine Charlemaine Luther Milton These are our daughters Ocalythron Elynittria Oothoon Leutha t Elythiria Enanto Manathu Vorcyon Ethinthus Moab Midian Adah Zillah Caina Naamah Tamar Rahab Tirzah Mary And myriads more of Sons & Daughters to whom our love increasd t10 To each according to the multiplication of their multitudes But Satan accusd Palamabron before his brethren also he maddend t The horses of palambrons harrow wherefore Rintrah & Palamabron Cut him off from Golgonooza. But Enitharmon in tears Wept over him Created him a Space closd with a tender moon 15 And he rolld down beneath the fires of Orc a Globe immense Crusted with snow in a dim void. here by the Arts of Urizen He tempted many of the Sons & Daughters of Los to flee Away from Me first Reuben fled then Simeon then Levi then Judah t Then Dan then Naphtali then Gad then Asher then Issachar 20 Then Zebulun then Joseph then Benjamin twelve sons of Los And this is the manner in which Satan became the Tempter There is a State namd Satan learn distinct to know O Rahab t The Difference between States & Individuals of those States The State namd Satan never can be redeemd in all Eternity 25 But when Luvah in Orc became a Serpent he des ended into That State calld Satan Enitharmon breathd forth on the Winds Of Golgonooza her well beloved knowing he was Orc's human remains She tenderly lovd him above all his brethren he grew up 381 In mothers tenderness The Enormous worlds rolling in Urizens power 30 Must have given Satan by these mild arts Dominion over all Wherefore Palamabron being accusd by Satan to Los t Calld down a Great Solemn assembly Rintrah in fury & fire Defended Palamabron & rage filld the Universal Tent Because Palamabron was good naturd Satan supposd he feard him 35 And Satan not having the Science of Wrath but only of Pity Was soon condemnd & wrath was left to wrath & Pity to Pity Rintrah & Palamabron Cut sheer off from Golgonooza Enitharmons Moony space & in it Satan & his companions They rolld down a dim world Crusted with Snow deadly & dark 40 Jerusalem pitying them wove them mantles of life & death Times after times And those in Eden sent Lucifer for their Guard Lucifer refusd to die for Satan & in pride he forsook his charge Then they sent Molech Molech was impatient They sent Molech impatient They Sent Elohim who created Adam45 To die for Satan Adam refusd but was compelld to die By Satans arts. Then the Eternals Sent Shaddai Shaddai was angry Pachad descended Pachad was terrified And then they Sent Jehovah who leprous stretchd his hand to Eternity Then Jesus Came & Died willing beneath Tirzah & Rahab 50 Thou art that Rahab Lo the Tomb what can we purpose more t [ PAGE108 [116] ] Lo Enitharmon terrible & beautiful in Eternal youth Bow down before her you her children & set Jerusalem free Rahab burning with pride & revenge departed from Los Los dropd a tear at her departure but he wipd it away in hope She went to Urizen in pride the Prince of Light beheld5 Reveald before the face of heaven his secret holiness t [ PAGE106 SECOND PORTION ] Darkness & sorrow coverd all flesh Eternity was darkend t Urizen sitting in his web of dece tful Religion t felt the female death a dull & numming stupor such as neer t Before assaulted the bright human form he felt his pores 20 Drink in the deadly dull delusion horrors of Eternal death Shot thro him Urizen sat Stonied upon his rock Forgetful of his own Laws pitying he began to Embrace The Shadowly Female since life cannot be quenchd Life exuded His eyes shot outwards then his breathing nostrils drawn forth t25 Scales coverd over a cold forehead & a neck outstretchd Into the deep to sieze the shadow scales his neck & bosom 382 Coverd & scales his hands & feet upon his belly falling Outstretchd thro the immense his mouth wide opening tongueless t His teeth a triple row he strove to sieze the shadow in vain 30 And his immense tail lashd the Abyss his human form a Stone A form of Senseless Stone remaind in terrors on the rock Abominable to the eyes of mortals who explore his books His wisdom still remaind & all his memory stord with woe And still his stony form remaind in the Abyss immense 35 Like the pale visage in its sheet of lead that cannot follow Incessant stern disdain his sealy form gnaws inwardly With deep repentance for the loss of that fair form of Man With Envy he saw Los with Envy Tharmas & the Spectre t With Envy & in vain he swam around his stony form 40 No longer now Erect the King of Light outstretchd in fury Lashes his tail in the wild deep his Eyelids like the Sun t Arising in his pride enlighten all the Grizly deeps His scales transparent give forth light like windows of the morning His neck flames with wrath & majesty he lashes the Abyss 45 Beating the Desarts & the rocks the desarts feel his power They shake their slumbers off. They wave in awful fear Calling the Lion & the Tyger the horse & the wild Stag [ PAGE111 [107] ] The Elephant the wolf the Bear the Lamia the Satyr t His Eyelids give their light around his folding tail aspires Among the stars the Earth & all the Abysses feel h s fury t When as the snow covers the mountain oft petrific hardness Covers the deeps at his vast fury mo ning in his rock t5 Hardens the Lion & the Bear trembling in the Solid mountain They view the light & wonder crying out in terrible existence Up bound the wild stag & the horse behold the King of Pride Oft doth his Eye emerge from the Abyss into the realms Of his Eternal day & memory strives to augment his ruthfulness 10 Then weeping he descends in wrath drawing all things in his fury Into obedience to his will & now he finds in vain That not of his own power he bore the human form erect Nor of his own will gave his Laws in times of Everlasting For now fierce Orc in wrath & fury rises into the heavens t15 A King of wrath & fury a dark enraged horror And Urizen repentant forgets his wisdom in the abyss t In forms of priesthood in the dark delusions of repentance Repining in his heart & spirit that Orc reignd over all And that his wisdom servd but to augment the indefinite lust 20 Then Tharmas & Urthona felt the stony stupor rise Into their limbs Urthona shot forth a Vast Fibrous form 383 Tharmas like a pillar of sand rolld round by the whirlwind An animated Pillar rolling round & round in incessant rage Los felt the stony stupor & his head rolld down beneath 25 Into the Abysses of his bosom the vessels of his blood Dart forth upon the wind in pipes writhing about in the Abyss And Enitharmon pale & cold in milky juices flowd Into a form of Vegetation living having a voice Moving in rootlike fibres trembling in fear upon the Earth 30 And Tharmas gave his Power to Los Urthona gave his strength Into the youthful prophet for the Love of Enitharmon And of the nameless Shadowy female in the nether deep And for the dread of the dark terrors of Orc & Urizen Thus in a living Death the nameless shadow all things bound 35 All mortal things made permanent that they may be put off Time after time by the Divine Lamb who died for all And all in him died. & he put off all mortality [ PAGE122 [108] ] Tharmas on high rode furious thro the afflicted worlds t Pursuing the Vain Shadow of Hope fleeing from identity In abstract false Expanses that he may not hear the Voice Of Ahania wailing on the winds in vain he flies for still The voice incessant calls on all the children of Men 5 For she spoke of all in heaven & all upon the Earth Saw not as yet the Divine vision her Eyes are Toward Urizen And thus Ahania cries aloud to the Caverns of the Grave Will you keep a flock of wolves & lead them will you take the wintry blast For a covering to your limbs or the summer pestilence for a tent to abide in10 Will you erect a lasting habitation in the mouldering Church yard Or a pillar & palace of Eternity in the jaws of the hungry grave Will you seek pleasure from the festering wound or marry for a Wife The ancient Leprosy that the King & Priest may still feast on your decay And the grave mock & laugh at the plowd field saying 15 I am the nourisher thou the destroyer in my bosom is milk & wine And a fountain from my breasts to me come all multitudes To my breath they obey they worship me I am a goddess & queen But listen to Ahania O ye sons of the Murderd one Listen to her whose memory beholds your ancient days 20 Listen to her whose eyes behold the dark body of corruptible death Looking for Urizen in vain. in vain I seek for morning The Eternal Man sleeps in the Earth nor feels the vigrous sun 384 Nor silent moon nor all the hosts of heaven move in his body His fiery halls are dark & round his limbs the Serpent Orc 25 Fold without fold encompasses him And his corrupting members Vomit out the Scaly monsters of the restless deep They come up in the rivers & annoy the nether parts Of Man who lays upon the shores leaning his faded head Upon the Oozy rock inwrapped with the weeds of death 30 His eyes sink hollow in his head his flesh coverd with slime And shrunk up to the bones alas that Man should come to this His strong bones beat with snows & bid within the caves of night Marrowless bloodless falling into dust driven by the winds O how the horrors of Eternal Death take hold on Man 35 His faint groans shake the caves & issue thro the desolate rocks [ PAGE113 [109] ] And the Strong Eagle now with num ing cold blighted of feathers Once like the pride of the sun now flagging in cold night Hovers with blasted wings aloft watching with Eager Eye Till Man shall leave a corruptible body he famishd hears him groan And now he fixes his strong talons in the pointed rock 5 And now he beats the heavy air with his enormous wings Beside him lies the Lion dead & in his belly worms Feast on his death till universal death devours all And the pale horse seeks for the pool to lie him down & die But finds the pools filled with serpents devouring one another10 He droops his head & trembling stands & his bright eyes decay These are the Visions of My Eyes the Visions of Ahania Thus cries Ahania Enion replies from the Caverns of the Grave Fear not O poor forsaken one O land of briars & thorns Where once the Olive flourishd & the Cedar spread his wings 15 Once I waild desolate like thee my fallow fields in fear Cried to the Churchyards & the Earthworm came in dismal state I found him in my bosom & I said the time of Love Appears upon the rocks & hills in silent shades but soon A voice came in the night a midnight cry upon the mountains 20 Awake the bridegroom cometh I awoke to sleep no more But an Eternal Consummation is dark Enion The watry Grave. O thou Corn field O thou Vegetater happy More happy is the dark consumer hope drowns all my torment For I am now surrounded by a shadowy vortex drawing 25 The Spectre quite away from Enion that I die a death Of bitter hope altho I consume in these raging waters The furrowd field replies to the grave I hear her reply to me Behold the time approaches fast that thou shalt be as a thing Forgotten when one speaks of thee he will not be believd 30 When the man gently fades away in his immortality 385 When the mortal disappears in improved knowledge cast away The former things so shall the Mortal gently fade away And so become invisible to those who still remain Listen I will tell thee what is done in the caverns of the grave 35 [ PAGE114 [110] ] The Lamb of God has rent the Veil of Mystery soon to return In Clouds & Fires around the rock & the Mysterious tree As the seed waits Eagerly watching for its flower & fruit Anxious its little soul looks out into the clear expanse To see if hungry winds are abroad with their invisible army 5 So Man looks out in tree & herb & fish & bird & beast Collecting up the scatterd portions of his immortal body Into the Elemental forms of every thing that grows He tries the sullen north wind riding on its angry furrows The sultry south when the sun rises & the angry east 10 When the sun sets when the clods harden & the cattle stand Drooping & the birds hide in their silent nests. he stores his thoughts As in a store house in his memory he regulates the forms Of all beneath & all above & in the gentle West Reposes where the Suns heat dwells he rises to the Sun15 And to the Planets of the Night & to the stars that gild The Zodiac & the stars that sullen stand to north & south He touches the remotest pole & in the Center weeps That Man should Labour & sorrow & learn & forget & return To the dark valley whence he came to begin his labours anew20 In pain he sighs in pain he labours in his universe Screaming in birds over the deep & howling in the Wolf Over the slain & moaning in the cattle & in the winds And weeping over Orc & Urizen in clouds & flaming fires t And in the cries of birth & in the groans of death his voice 25 Is heard throughout the Universe whereever a grass grows Or a leaf buds The Eternal Man is seen is heard is felt And all his Sorrows till he reassumes his ancient bliss Such are the words of Ahania & Enion. Los hears & weeps t And Los & Enitharmon took the Body of the Lamb 30 Down from the Cross & placd it in a Sepulcher which Los had hewn For himself in the Rock of Eternity trembling & in despair t Jerusalem wept over the Sepulcher two thousand Years [ PAGE115 [111] ] Rahab triumphs over all she took Jerusalem Captive A Willing Captive by delusive arts impelld To worship Urizens Dragon form to offer her own Children Upon the bloody Altar. John Saw these things Reveald in Heaven On Patmos Isle & heard the Souls cry out to be deliverd 5 386 He saw the Harlot of the Kings of Earth & saw her Cup Of fornication food of Orc & Satan pressd from the fruit of Mystery But when she saw the form of Ahania weeping on the Void And heard Enions voice sound from the caverns of the Grave No more spirit remained in her She secretly left the Synagogue of Satan10 She commund with Orc in secret She hid him with the flax That Enitharmon had numberd away from the Heavens t She gatherd it together to consume her Harlot Robes t In bitterest Contrition sometimes Self condemning repentant And Sometimes kissing her Robes & jewels & weeping over them 15 Sometimes returning to the Synagogue of Satan in Pride And Sometimes weeping before Orc in humility & trembling The Synagogue of Satan therefore uniting against Mystery Satan divided against Satan resolvd in open Sanhedrim To burn Mystery with fire & form another from her ashes 20 For God put it into their heart to fulfill all his will The Ashes of Mystery began to animate they calld it Deism And Natural Religion as of old so now anew began Babylon again in Infancy Calld Natural Religion

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