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<poem> [ PAGE 117 ]


Night the Ninth


The Last Judgment

And Los & Enitharmon builded Jerusalem weeping t Over the Sepulcher & over the Crucified body Which to their Phantom Eyes appear'd still in the Sepulcher But Jesus stood beside them in the Spirit Separating Their Spirit from their body. Terrified at Non Existence 5 For such they deemd the death of the body. Los his vegetable hands Outstretchd his right hand branching out in fibrous Strength Siezd the Sun. His left hand like dark roots coverd the Moon And tore them down cracking the heavens across from immense to immense Then fell the fires of Eternity with loud & shrill 10 Sound of Loud Trumpet thundering along from heaven to heaven A mighty sound articulate Awake ye dead & come To judgment from the four winds Awake & Come away Folding like scrolls of the Enormous volume of Heaven & Earth 387 With thunderous noise & dreadful shakings rocking to & fro 15 The heavens are shaken & the Earth removed from its place The foundations of the Eternal hills discoverd The thrones of Kings are shaken they have lost their robes & crowns The poor smite their opressors they awake up to the harvest The naked warriors rush together down to the sea shore 20 Trembling before the multitudes of slaves now set at liberty They are become like wintry flocks like forests stripd of leaves The opressed pursue like the wind there is no room for escape The Spectre of Enitharmon let loose on the troubled deep Waild shrill in the confusion & the Spectre of Urthona25

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Recievd her in the darkning South their bodies lost they stood Trembling & weak a faint embrace a fierce desire as when Two shadows mingle on a wall they wail & shadowy tears Fell down & shadowy forms of joy mixd with despair & grief Their bodies buried in the ruins of the Universe 5 Mingled with the confusion. Who shall call them from the Grave Rahab & Tirzah wail aloud in the wild flames they give up themselves to Consummation The books of Urizen unroll with dreadful noise the folding Serpent Of Orc began to Consume in fierce raving fire his fierce flames Issud on all sides gathring strength in animating volumes 10 Roaring abroad on all the winds raging intense reddening Into resistless pillars of fire rolling round & round gathering Strength from the Earths consumd & heavens & all hidden abysses Wherever the Eagle has Explord or Lion or Tyger trod Or where the Comets of the night or stars of day t15 Have shot their arrows or long beamed spears in wrath & fury And all the while the trumpet sounds from the clotted gore & from the hollow den t Start forth the trembling millions into flames of mental fire Bathing their limbs in the bright visions of Eternity Then like the doves from pillars of Smoke the trembling families 20 Of women & children throughout every nation under heaven Cling round the men in bands of twenties & of fifties pale As snow that falls around a leafless tree upon the green Their opressors are falln they have Stricken them they awake to life Yet pale the just man stands erect & looking up to heavn 25 Trembling & strucken by the Universal stroke the trees unroot The rocks groan horrible & run about. The mountains & Their rivers cry with a dismal cry the cattle gather together Lowing they kneel before the heavens. the wild beasts of the forests Tremble the Lion shuddering asks the Leopard. Feelest thou 30 388 The dread I feel unknown before My voice refuses to roar And in weak moans I speak to thee This night Before the mornings dawn the Eagle calld the Vulture The Raven calld the hawk I heard them from my forests black Saying Let us go up far for soon I smell upon the wind 35 A terror coming from the South. The Eagle & Hawk fled away At dawn & Eer the sun arose the ravel) & Vulture followd Let us flee also to the north. They fled. The Sons of Men Saw them depart in dismal droves. The trumpet sounded loud t And all the Sons of Eternity Descended into Beulah40 [ PAGE119 ] In the fierce flames the limbs of Mystery lay consuming with howling t And deep despair. Rattling go up the flames around the Synagogue Of Satan Loud the Serpent Orc ragd thro his twenty Seven Folds. The tree of Mystery went up in folding flames Blood issud out in mighty volumes pouring in whirlpools fierce 5 From out the flood gates of the Sky The Gates are burst down pour The torrents black upon the Earth the blood pours down incessant Kings in their palaces lie drownd Shepherds their flocks their tents Roll down the mountains in black torrents Cities Villages High spires & Castles drownd in the black deluge Shoal on Shoal 10 Float the dead carcases of Men & Beasts driven to & fro on waves Of foaming blood beneath the black incessant Sky till all Mysterys tyrants are cut off & not one left on Earth And when all Tyranny was cut off from the face of Earth Around the Dragon form of Urizen & round his stony form 15 The flames rolling intense thro the wide Universe Began to Enter the Holy City Entring the dismal clouds t In furrowd lightnings break their way the wild flames li king up t The Bloody Deluge living flames winged with intellect And Reason round the Earth they march in order flame by flame 20 From the clotted gore & from the hollow den Start forth the trembling Millions into flames of mental fire Bathing their Limbs in the bright visions of Eternity Beyond this Universal Confusion beyond the remotest Pole t Where their vortexes begin to operate there stands 25 A Horrible rock far in the South it was forsaken when Urizen gave the horses of Light into the hands of Luvah On this rock lay the faded head of the Eternal Man Enwrapped round with weeds of death pale cold in sorrow & woe He lifts the blue lamps of his Eyes & cries with heavenly voice 30 Bowing his head over the consuming Universe he cried O weakness & O weariness O war within my members My sons exiled from my breast pass to & fro before me 389 My birds are silent on my hills flocks die beneath my branches My tents are fallen my trumpets & the sweet sounds of my harp 35 Is silent on my clouded hills that belch forth storms & fires My milk of cows & honey of bees & fruit of golden harvest Are gatherd in the scorching heat & in the driving rain My robe is turned to confusion & my bright gold to stones Where once I sat I weary walk in miscry & pain 40 For from within my witherd breast grown narrow with my woes t The Corn is turnd to thistles & the apples into poison The birds of song to murderous crows My joys to bitter groans [ PAGE120 ] The voices of children in my tents to cries of helpless infants And all exiled from the face of light & shine of morning In this dark world a narrow house I wander up & down I hear Mystery howling in these flames of Consummation When shall the Man of future times become as in days of old 5 O weary life why sit I here & give up all my powers To indolence to the night of death when indolence & mourning Sit hovring over my dark threshold. tho I arise look out And scorn the war within my members yet my heart is weak And my head faint Yet will I look again unto the morning 10 Whence is this sound of rage of Men drinking each others blood Drunk with the smoking gore & red but not with nourishing wine The Eternal Man sat on the Rocks & cried with awful voice O Prince of Light where art thou I behold thee not as once In those Eternal fields in clouds of morning stepping forth 15 With harps & songs where bright Ahania sang before thy face And all thy sons & daughters gatherd round my ample table See you not all this wracking furious confusion Come forth from slumbers of thy cold abstraction come forth Arise to Eternal births shake off thy cold repose 20 Schoolmaster of souls great opposer of change arise That the Eternal worlds may see thy face in peace & joy That thou dread form of Certainty maist sit in town & village While little children play around thy feet in gentle awe Fearing thy frown loving thy smile O Urizen Prince of light 25 He calld the deep buried his voice & answer none returnd Then wrath burst round the Eternal Man was wrath again he cried Arise O stony form of death O dragon of the Deeps Lie down before my feet O Dragon let Urizen arise O how couldst thou deform those beautiful proportions t30 Of life & person for as the Person so is his life proportioned Let Luvah rage in the dark deep even to Consummation For if thou feedest not his rage it will subside in peace 390 But if thou darest obstinate refuse my stern behest Thy crown & scepter I will sieze & regulate all my members 35 In stern severity & cast thee out into the indefinite Where nothing lives, there to wander. & if thou returnst weary Weeping at the threshold of Existence I will steel my heart Against thee to Eternity & never recieve thee more Thy self-destroying beast formd Science shall be thy eternal lot 40 My anger against thee is greater than against this Luvah For war is energy Enslavd but thy religion t The first author of this war & the distracting of honest minds Into confused perturbation & strife & honour & pride Is a deceit so detestable that I will cast thee out45 If thou repentest not & leave thee as a rotten branch to be burnd With Mystery the Harlot & with Satan for Ever & Ever Error can never be redeemd in all Eternity But Sin Even Rahab is redeemd in blood & fury & jealousy That line of blood that stretchd across the windows of the morning 50 Redeemd from Errors power. Wake thou dragon of the Deeps [ PAGE121 ] Urizen wept in the dark deep anxious his Scaly form To reassume the human & he wept in the dark deep Saying O that I had never drank the wine nor eat the bread Of dark mortality nor cast my view into futurity nor turnd t My back darkning the present clouding with a cloud 5 And building arches high & cities turrets & towers & domes t Whose smoke destroyd the pleasant gardens & whose running Kennels t Chokd the bright rivers burdning with my Ships the angry deep Thro Chaos seeking for delight & in spaces remote Seeking the Eternal which is always present to the wise10 Seeking for pleasure which unsought falls round the infants path And on the fleeces of mild flocks who neither care nor labour But I the labourer of ages whose unwearied hands Are thus deformd with hardness with the sword & with the spear t And with the Chisel & the mallet I whose labours vast15 Order the nations separating family by family Alone enjoy not I alone in misery supreme Ungratified give all my joy unto this Luvah & Vala t Then Go O dark futurity I will cast thee forth from these t Heavens of my brain nor will I look upon futurity more t20 I cast futurity away & turn my back upon that void Which I have made for lo futurity is in this moment Let Orc consume let Tharmas rage let dark Urthona give All strength to Los & Enitharmon & let Los self-cursd Rend down this fabric as a wall ruind & family extinct 25 Rage Orc Rage Tharmas Urizen no longer curbs your rage 391 So Urizen spoke he shook his snows from off his Shoulders & arose As on a Pyramid of mist his white robes scattering The fleecy white renewd he shook his aged mantles off Into the fires Then glorious bright Exulting in his joy30 He sounding rose into the heavens in naked majesty In radiant Youth. when Lo like garlands in the Eastern sky When vocal may comes dancing from the East Ahania came Exulting in her flight as when a bubble rises up On to the surface of a lake. Ahania rose in joy35 Excess of joy is worse than grief—her heart beat high her blood Burst its bright Vessels She fell down dead at the feet of Urizen Outstretchd a Smiling corse they buried her in a silent cave Urizen dropt a tear the Eternal Man Darkend with sorrow The three daughters of Urizen Guard Ahanias Death couch 40 Rising from the confusion in tears & howlings & despair Calling upon their fathers Name upon their Rivers dark And the Eternal Man Said Hear my words O Prince of Light t [ PAGE122 ] Behold Jerusalem in whose bosom the Lamb of God Is seen tho slain before her Gates he self renewd remains Eternal & I thro him awake to life from deaths dark vale The times revolve the time is coming when all these delights Shall be renewd & all these Elements that now consume5 Shall reflourish. Then bright Ahania shall awake from death A glorious Vision to thine Eyes a Self renewing Vision t The spring. the summer to be thine then Sleep the wintry days In silken garments spun by her own hands against her funeral The winter thou shalt plow & lay thy stores into thy barns 10 Expecting to recieve Ahania in the spring with joy Immortal thou. Regenerate She & all the lovely Sex From her shall learn obedience & prepare for a wintry grave That spring may see them rise in tenfold joy & sweet delight Thus shall the male & female live the life of Eternity 15 Because the Lamb of God Creates himself a bride & wife That we his Children evermore may live in Jerusalem Which now descendeth out of heaven a City yet a Woman Mother of myriads redeemd & born in her spiritual palaces By a New Spiritual birth Regenerated from Death20 Urizen Said. I have Erred & my Error remains with me What Chain encompasses in what Lock is the river of light confind That issues forth in the morning by measure & the evening by carefulness Where shall we take our stand to view the infinite & unbounded Or where are human feet for Lo our eyes are in the heavens t25 392 He ceasd for rivn link from link the bursting Universe explodes All things reversd flew from their centers rattling bones To bones join, shaking convulsd the shivering clay breathes t Each speck of dust to the Earths center nestles round & round In pangs of an Eternal Birth in torment & awe & fear 30 All spirits deceasd let loose from reptile prisons come in shoals Wild furies from the tygers brain & from the lions Eyes t And from the ox & ass come moping terrors. from the Eagle And raven numerous as the leaves of Autumn every species Flock to the trumpet muttring over the sides of the grave & crying 35 In the fierce wind round heaving rocks & mountains filld with groans On rifted rocks suspended in the air by inward fires Many a woful company & many on clouds & waters Fathers & friends Mothers & Infants Kings & Warriors Priests & chaind Captives met together in a horrible fear40 And every one of the dead appears as he had livd before [ PAGE123 ] And all the marks remain of the Slaves scourge & tyrants Crown And of the Priests oergorged Abdomen & of the merchants thin Sinewy deception & of the warriors ou braving & thoughtlessness In lineaments too extended & in bones too strait & long They shew their wounds they accuse they sieze the opressor howlings began t5 On the golden palace Songs & joy on the desart the Cold babe Stands in the furious air he cries the children of six thousand years Who died in infancy rage furious a mighty multitude rage furious Naked & pale standing on the expecting air to be deliverd Rend limb from limb the Warrior & the tyrant reuniting in pain 10 The furious wind still rends around they flee in sluggish effort They beg they intreat in vain now they Listend not to intreaty They view the flames red rolling on thro the wide universe From the dark jaws of death beneath & desolate shores remote t These covering Vaults of heaven & these trembling globes of Earth15 One Planet calls to another & one star enquires of another t What flames are these coming from the South what noise what dreadful rout As of a battle in the heavens hark heard you not the trumpet As of fierce battle while they spoke the flames come on intense roaring They see him whom they have piercd they wail because of him20 They magnify themselves no more against Jerusalem Nor Against her little ones the innocent accused before the Judges Shines with immortal Glory trembling the judge springs from his throne Hiding his face in the dust beneath the prisoners feet & saying t Brother of Jesus what have I done intreat thy lord for me25 393 Perhaps I may be forgiven While he speaks the flames roll on And after the flames appears the Cloud of the Son of Man Descending from Jerusalem with power and great Glory All nations look up to the Cloud & behold him who was Crucified The Prisoner answers you scourgd my father to death before my face 30 While I stood bound with cords & heavy chains, Your hipocrisy Shall now avail you nought. So speaking he dashd him with his foot The Cloud is Blood dazling upon the heavens & in the cloud Above upon its volumes is beheld a throne & a pavement t Of precious stones. surrounded by twenty four venerable patriarchs t35 And these again surrounded by four Wonders of the Almighty t Incomprehensible. pervading all amidst & round about Fourfold each in the other reflected they are named Life's in Eternity. Four Starry Universes going forward from Eternity to Eternity And the Falln Man who was arisen upon the Rock of Ages 40 [ PAGE124 ] Beheld the Vision of God & he arose up from the Rock And Urizen arose up with him walking thro the flames To mett the Lord coming to Judgment but the flames repelld them Still to the Rock in vain they strove to Enter the Consummation Together for the Redeemd Man could not enter the Consummation t5 Then siezd the Sons of Urizen the Plow they polishd it From rust of ages all its ornaments of Gold & silver & ivory Reshone across the field immense where all the nations Darkend like Mould in the divided fallows where the weed Triumphs in its own destruction they took down the harness 10 From the blue walls of heaven starry jingling ornamented With beautiful art the study of angels the workmanship of Demons When Heaven & Hell in Emulation strove in sports of Glory The noise of rural work resounded thro the heavens of heavens The horse neigh from the battle the wild bulls from the sultry waste15 The tygers from the forests & the lions from the sandy desarts t They sing they sieze the instruments of harmony they throw away The spear the bow the gun the mortar they level the fortifications t They beat the iron engines of destruction into wedges They give them to Urthonas Sons ringing the hammers sound20 In dens of death to forge the spade the mattock & the ax The heavy roller to break the clods to pass over the nations The Sons of Urizen Shout Their father rose The Eternal horses Harnessd They calld to Urizen the heavens moved at their call The limbs of Urizen shone with ardor. He laid his ha d on the Plow t25 394 Thro dismal darkness drave the Plow of ages over Cities And all their Villages over Mountains & all their Vallies Over the graves & caverns of the dead Over the Planets And over the void Spaces over Sun & moon & star & constellation Then Urizen commanded & they brought the Seed of Men30 The trembling souls of All the Dead stood before Urizen Weak wailing in the troubled air East west & north & south [ PAGE125 ] He turnd the horses loose & laid his Plow in the northern corner Of the wide Universal field. then Stepd forth into the immense t Then he began to sow the seed he girded round his loins With a bright girdle & his skirt filld with immortal souls Howling & Wailing fly the souls from Urizens strong hand 5 For from the hand of Urizen the myriads fall like stars Into their own appointed places driven back by the winds The naked warriors rush together down to the sea shores They are become like wintry flocks like forests stripd of leaves The Kings & Princes of the Earth cry with a feeble cry 10 Driven on the unproducing sands & on the hardend rocks And all the while the flames of Orc follow the ventrous feet Of Urizen & all the while the Trump of Tharmas sounds Weeping & wailing fly the souls from Urizens strong hand The daughters of Urizen stand with Cups & measures of foaming wine15 Immense upon the heavens with bread & delicate repasts Then follows the golden harrow in the midst of Mental fires To ravishing melody of flutes & harps & softest voice The seed is harrowd in while flames heat the black mould & cause The human harvest to begin Towards the south first sprang 20 The myriads & in silent fear they look out from their graves Then Urizen sits down to rest & all his wearied Sons Take their repose on beds they drink they sing they view the flames Of Orc in joy they view the human harvest springing up A time they give to sweet repose till all the harvest is ripe25 And Lo like the harvest Moon Ahania cast off her death clothes She folded them up in care in silence & her brightning limbs Bathd in the clear spring of the rock then from her darksom cave Issud in majesty divine Urizen rose up from his couch On wings of tenfold joy clapping his hands his feet his radiant wings30 In the immense as when the Sun dances upon the mountains A shout of jubilee in lovely notes responding from daughter to daughter From son to Son as if the Stars beaming innumerable 395 Thro night should sing soft warbling filling Earth & heaven And bright Ahania took her seat by Urizen in songs & joy 35 The Eternal Man also sat down upon the Couches of Beulah Sorrowful that he could not put off his new risen body In mental flames the flames refusd they drove him back to Beulah His body was redeemd to be permanent thro Mercy Divine [ PAGE126 ] And now fierce Orc had quite consumd himself in Mental flames Expending all his energy against the fuel of fire The Regenerate Man stoopd his head over the Universe & in t His holy hands recievd the flaming Demon & Demoness of Smoke And gave them to Urizens hands the Immortal frownd Saying5 Luvah & Vala henceforth you are Servants obey & live You shall forget your former state return O Love in peace t Into your place the place of seed not in the brain or heart If Gods combine against Man Setting their Dominion above The Human form Divine. Thrown down from their high Station 10 In the Eternal heavens of Human Imagination: buried beneath t In dark Oblivion with incessant pangs ages on ages In Enmity & war first weakend then in stern repentance They must renew their brightness & their disorganizd functions Again reorganize till they resume the image of the human15 Cooperating in the bliss of Man obeying his Will Servants to the infinite & Eternal of the Human form Luvah & Vala descended & enterd the Gates of Dark Urthona And walkd from the hands of Urizen in the shadows of Valas Garden Where the impressions of Despair & Hope for ever vegetate20 In flowers in fruits in fishes birds & beasts & clouds & waters The land of doubts & shadows sweet delusions unformd hopes They saw no more the terrible confusion of the wracking universe They heard not saw not felt not all the terrible confusion For in their orbed senses within closd up they wanderd at will 25 And those upon the Couches viewd them in the dreams of Beulah As they reposd from the terrible wide universal harvest Invisible Luvah in bright clouds hoverd over Valas head And thus their ancient golden age renewd for Luvah spoke With voice mild from his golden Cloud upon the breath of morning 30 Come forth O Vala from the grass & from the silent Dew Rise from the dews of death for the Eternal Man is Risen She rises among flowers & looks toward the Eastern clearness She walks yea runs her feet are wingd on the tops of the bending grass Her garments rejoice in the vocal wind & her hair glistens with dew35 396 She answerd thus Whose voice is this in the voice of the nourishing air In the spirit of the morning awaking the Soul from its grassy bed [ PAGE127 ] Where dost thou dwell for it is thee I seek & but for thee I must have slept Eternally nor have felt the dew of thy morning Look how the opening dawn advances with vocal harmony Look how the beams foreshew the rising of some glorious power The sun is thine he goeth forth in his majestic brightness t5 O thou creating voice that callest & who shall answer thee Where dost thou flee O fair one where dost thou seek thy happy place To yonder brightness there I haste for sure I came from thence Or I must have slept eternally nor have felt the dew of morning Eternally thou must have slept nor have felt the morning dew 10 But for yon nourishing sun tis that by which thou art arisen The birds adore the sun the beasts rise up & play in his beams And every flower & every leaf rejoices in his light Then O thou fair one sit thee down for thou art as the grass Thou risest in the dew of morning & at night art folded up 15 Alas am I but as a flower then will I sit me down Then will I weep then Ill complain & sigh for immortality And chide my maker thee O Sun that raisedst me to fall So saying she sat down & wept beneath the apple trees O be thou blotted out thou Sun that raisedst me to trouble 20 That gavest me a heart to crave & raisedst me thy phantom To feel thy heat & see thy light & wander here alone Hopeless if I am like the grass & so shall pass away Rise sluggish Soul why sitst thou here why dost thou sit & weep Yon Sun shall wax old & decay but thou shalt ever flourish 25 The fruit shall ripen & fall down & the flowers consume away But thou shalt still survive arise O dry thy dewy tears Hah! Shall I still survive whence came that sweet & comforting voice And whence that voice of sorrow O sun thou art nothing now to me Go on thy course rejoicing & let us both rejoice together 30 I walk among his flocks & hear the bleating of his lambs O that I could behold his face & follow his pure feet I walk by the footsteps of his flocks come hither tender flocks Can you converse with a pure Soul that seeketh for her maker You answer not then am I set your mistress in this garden 35 Ill watch you & attend your footsteps you are not like the birds [ PAGE128 ] That Sing & fly in the bright air but you do lick my feet And let me touch your wooly backs follow me as I sing For in my bosom a new song arises to my Lord 397 Rise up O Sun most glorious minister & light of day Flow on ye gentle airs & bear the voice of my rejoicing 5 Wave freshly clear waters flowing around the tender grass And thou sweet smelling ground put forth thy life in fruits & flowers Follow me O my flocks & hear me sing my rapturous Song I will cause my voice to be heard on the clouds that glitter in the sun I will call & who shall answer me I will sing who shall reply10 For from my pleasant hills behold the living living springs Running among my green pastures delighting among my trees I am not here alone my flocks you are my brethren And you birds that sing & adorn the sky you are my sisters I sing & you reply to my Song I rejoice & you are glad 15 Follow me O my flocks we will now descend into the valley O how delicious are the grapes flourishing in the Sun How clear the spring of the rock running among the golden sand How cool the breezes of the vall y & the arms of the branchy trees Cover us from the Sun come & let us sit in the Shade 20 My Luvah here hath placd me in a Sweet & pleasant Land And given me fruits & pleasant waters & warm hills & cool valleys Here will I build myself a house & here Ill call on his name Here Ill return when I am weary & take my pleasant rest So spoke the Sinless Soul & laid her head on the downy fleece 25 Of a curld Ram who stretchd himself in sleep beside his mistress And soft sleep fell upon her eyelids in the silent noon of day Then Luvah passed by & saw the sinless Soul And said Let a pleasant house arise to be the dwelling place Of this immortal Spirit growing in lower Paradise 30 He spoke & pillars were builded & walls as white as ivory The grass she slept upon was pavd with pavement as of pearl Beneath her rose a downy bed & a cieling coverd all Vala awoke. When in the pleasant gates of sleep I enterd I saw my Luvah like a spirit stand in the bright air 35 Round him stood spirits like me who reard me a bright house And here I see thee house remain in my most pleasant world [ PAGE129 ] My Luvah smild I kneeled down he laid his hand on my head And when he laid his hand upon me from the gates of sleep I came Into this bodily house to tend my flocks in my pleasant garden So saying she arose & walked round her beautiful house And then from her white door she lookd to see her bleating lambs 5 But her flocks were gone up from beneath the trees into the hills I see the hand that leadeth me doth also lead my flocks She went up to her flocks & turned oft to see her shining house She stopd to drink of the clear spring & eat the grapes & apples 398 She bore the fruits in her lap she gatherd flowers for her bosom 10 She called to her flocks saying follow me O my flocks They followd her to the silent vall y beneath the spreading trees And on the rivers margin she ungirded her golden girdle She stood in the river & viewd herself within the watry glass And her bright hair was wet with the waters She rose up from the river15 And as she rose her Eyes were opend to the world of waters She saw Tharmas sitting upon the rocks beside the wavy sea He strokd the water from his beard & mournd faint thro the summer vales And Vala stood on the rocks of Tharmas & heard his mournful voice O Enion my weary head is in the bed of death 20 For weeds of death have wrapd around my limbs in the hoary deeps I sit in the place of shells & mourn & thou art closd in clouds When will the time of Clouds be past & the dismal night of Tharmas Arise O Enion Arise & smile upon my head t As thou dost smile upon the barren mountains and they rejoice 25 When wilt thou smile on Tharmas O thou bringer of golden day Arise O Enion arise for Lo I have calmd my seas So saying his faint head he laid upon the Oozy rock And darkness coverd all the deep the light of Enion faded Like a fa nt flame quivering upon the surface of the darkness 30 Then Vala lifted up her hands to heaven to call on Enion She calld but none could answer her & the Eccho of her voice returnd Where is the voice of God that calld me from the silent dew Where is the Lord of Vala dost thou hide in clefts of the rock Why shouldst thou hide thyself from Vala from the soul that35 wanders desolate She ceas'd & light beamd round her like the glory of the morning [ PAGE130 ] And She arose out of the river & girded on her golden girdle And now her feet step on the grassy bosom of the ground Among her flocks & she turnd her eyes toward her pleasant house And saw in the door way beneath the trees two little children playing She drew near to her house & her flocks followd her footsteps 5 The Children clung around her knees she embracd them & wept over them Thou little Boy art Tharmas & thou bright Girl Enion How are ye thus renewd & brought into the Gardens of Vala She embracd them in tears. till the sun descended the western hills And then she enterd her bright house leading her mighty children 10 399 And when night came the flocks laid round the house beneath the trees She laid the Children on the beds which she saw prepard in the house Then last herself laid down & closd her Eyelids in soft slumbers And in the morning when the Sun arose in the crystal sky Vala awoke & calld the children from their gentle slumbers 15 Awake O Enion awake & let thine innocent Eyes Enlighten all the Crystal house of Vala awake awake Awake Tharmas awake awake thou child of dewy tears Open the orbs of thy blue eyes & smile upon my gardens The Children woke & smild on Vala. she kneeld by the golden couch20 She presd them to her bosom & her pearly tears dropd down O my sweet Children Enion let Tharmas kiss thy Cheek Why dost thou turn thyself away from his sweet watry eyes Tharmas henceforth in Valas bosom thou shalt find sweet peace O bless the lovely eyes of Tharmas & the Eyes of Enion 25 They rose they went out wandring sometimes together sometimes alone Why weepest thou Tharmas Child of tears in the bright house of joy Doth Enion avoid the sight of thy blue heavenly Eyes And dost thou wander with my lambs & wet their innocent faces t With thy bright tears because the steps of Enion are in the gardens 30 Arise sweet boy & let us follow the path of Enion So saying they went down into the garden among the fruits And Enion sang among the flowers that grew among the trees And Vala said Go Tharmas weep not Go to Enion [ PAGE131 ] He said O Vala I am sick & all this garden of Pleasure Swims like a dream before my eyes but the sweet smelling fruit Revives me to new deaths I fade even like a water lilly In the suns heat till in the night on the couch of Enion I drink new life & feel the breath of sleeping Enion 5 But in the morning she arises to avoid my Eyes Then my loins fade & in the house I sit me down & weep Chear up thy Countenance bright boy & go to Enion Tell her that Vala waits her in the shadows of her garden He went with timid steps & Enion like the ruddy morn 10 When infant spring appears in swelling buds & opening flowers Behind her Veil withdraws so Enion turnd her modest head But Tharmas spoke Vala seeks thee sweet Enion in the shades Follow the steps of Tharmas O thou brightness of the gardens He took her hand reluctant she followd in infant doubts 15 400 Thus in Eternal Childhood straying among Valas flocks In infant sorrow & joy alternate Enion & Tharmas playd Round Vala in the Gardens of Vala & by her rivers margin They are the shadows of Tharmas & of Enion in Valas world And the sleepers who rested from their harvest work beheld these visions20 Thus were the sleepers entertaind upon the Couches of Beulah When Luvah & Vala were closd up in their world of shadowy forms Darkness was all beneath the heavens only a little light Such as glows out from sleeping spirits appeard in the deeps beneath As when the wind sweeps over a Corn field the noise of souls 25 Thro all the immense borne down by Clouds swagging in autumnal heat Muttering along from heaven to heaven hoarse roll the human forms Beneath thick clouds dreadful lightnings burst & thunders roll Down pour the torrent Floods of heaven on all the human harvest Then Urizen sitting at his repose on beds in the bright South 30 Cried Times are Ended he Exulted he arose in joy he exulted He pourd his light & all his Sons & daughters pourd their light To exhale the spirits of Luvah & Vala thro the atmosphere And Luvah & Vala saw the Light their spirits were Exhald In all their ancient innocence the floods depart the clouds 35 Dissipate or sink into the Seas of Tharmas Luvah sat Above in the bright heavens in peace. the Spirits of Men beneath Cried out to be deliverd & the Spirit of Luvah wept Over the human harvest & over Vala the sweet wanderer In pain the human harvest wavd in horrible groans of woe 40 [ PAGE132 ] The Universal Groan went up the Eternal Man was Darkend Then Urizen arose & took his Sickle in his hand There is a brazen sickle & a scythe of iron hid Deep in the South guarded by a few solitary stars This sickle Urizen took the scythe his sons embracd 5 And went forth & began to reap & all his joyful sons Reapd the wide Universe & bound in Sheaves a wondrous harvest They took them into the wide barns with loud rejoicings & triumph Of flute & harp & drum & trumpet horn & clarion The feast was spread in the bright South & the Regenerate Man 10 Sat at the feast rejoicing & the wine of Eternity Was servd round by the flames of Luvah all Day & all the Night And when Morning began to dawn upon the distant hills a whirlwind rose up in the Center & in the Whirlwind a shriek t And in the Shriek a rattling of bones & in the rattling of bones 15 A dolorous groan & from the dolorous groan in tears Rose Enion like a gentle light & Enion spoke saying 401 O Dreams of Death the human form dissolving companied By beasts & worms & creeping things & darkness & despair t The clouds fall off from my wet brow the dust from my cold limbs 20 Into the Sea of Tharmas Soon renewd a Golden Moth I shall cast off my death clothes & Embrace Tharmas again For Lo the winter melted away upon the distant hills And all the black mould sings. She speaks to her infant race her milk Descends down on the sand. the thirsty sand drinks & rejoices t25 Wondering to behold the Emmet the Grasshopper the jointed worm The roots shoot thick thro the solid rocks bursting their way They cry out in joys of existence. the broad stems Rear on the mountains stem after stem the scaly newt creeps From the stone & the armed fly springs from the rocky crevice 30 The spider. The bat burst from the hardend slime crying To one another what are we & whence is our joy & delight Lo the little moss begins to spring & the tender weed Creeps round our secret nest. Flocks brighten the Mountains Herds throng up the Valley wild beasts fill the forests 35 Joy thrilld thro all the Furious form of Tharmas humanizing Mild he Embracd her whom he sought he raisd her thro the heavens Sounding his trumpet to awake the Dead on high he soard Over the ruind worlds the smoking tomb of the Eternal Prophet [ PAGE133 ] The Eternal Man arose he welcomd them to the Feast The feast was spread in the bright South & the Eternal Man Sat at the feast rejoicing & the wine of Eternity Was servd round by the flames of Luvah all day & all the night And Many Eternal Men sat at the golden feast to see 5 The female form now separate They shudderd at the horrible thing Not born for the sport and amusement of Man but born to drink up all his powers They wept to see their shadows they said to one another this is Sin t This is the Generative world they rememberd the Days of old t And One of the Eternals spoke All was silent at the feast 10 Man is a Worm wearied with joy he seeks the caves of sleep Among the Flowers of Beulah in his Selfish cold repose Forsaking Brotherhood & Universal love in selfish clay Folding the pure wings of his mind seeking the places dark Abstracted from the roots of Science then inclosd around t15 In walls of Gold we cast him like a Seed into the Earth Till times & spaces have passd over him duly every morn We visit him covering with a Veil the immortal seed With windows from the inclement sky we cover him & with walls And hearths protect the Selfish terror till divided all 20 402 image of Erdman's layout of The Four Zoas, page 133 In families we see our shadows born. & thence we know | Ephesians That Man subsists by Brotherhood & Universal Love | iii c. We fall on one anothers necks more closely we embrace | 10 v Not for ourselves but for the Eternal family we live Man liveth not by Self alone but in his brothers face25 Each shall behold the Eternal Father & love & joy abound So spoke the Eternal at the Feast they embracd the New born Man Calling him Brother image of the Eternal Father. they sat down At the immortal tables sounding loud their instruments of joy Calling the Morning into Beulah the Eternal Man rejoicd30 When Morning dawnd The Eternals rose to labour at the Vintage Beneath they saw their sons & daughters wondering inconcievable At the dark myriads in Shadows in the worlds beneath The morning dawnd Urizen rose & in his hand the Flail Sounds on the Floor heard terrible by all beneath the heavens35 Dismal loud redounding the nether floor shakes with the sound [ PAGE134 ] And all Nations were threshed out & the stars threshd from their husks Then Tharmas took the Winnowing fan the winnowing wind furious Above veerd round by the violent whirlwind driven west & south Tossed the Nations like Chaff into the seas of Tharmas O Mystery Fierce Tharmas cries Behold thy end is come5 Art thou she that made the nations drunk with the cup of Religion Go down ye Kings & Councellors & Giant Warriors Go down into the depths go down & hide yourselves beneath Go down with horse & Chariots & Trumpets of hoarse war Lo how the Pomp of Mystery goes down into the Caves10 Her great men howl & throw the dust & rend their hoary hair Her delicate women & children shriek upon the bitter wind Spoild of their beauty their hair rent & their skin shriveld up Lo darkness covers the long pomp of banners on the wind And black horses & armed men & miserable bound captives 15 Where shall the graves recieve them all & where shall be their place And who shall mourn for Mystery who never loosd her Captives Let the slave grinding at the mill run out into the field Let him look up into the heavens & laugh in the bright air Let the inchaind soul shut up in darkness & in sighing 20 Whose face has never seen a smile in thirty weary years Rise & look out his chains are loose his dungeon doors are open And let his wife & children return from the opressors scourge They look behind at every step & believe it is a dream Are these the Slaves that groand along the streets of Mystery25 Where are your bonds & task masters are these the prisoners 403 Where are your chains where are your tears why do you look around If you are thirsty there is the river go bathe your parched limbs The good of all the Land is before you for Mystery is no more Then All the Slaves from every Earth in the wide Universe30 Sing a New Song drowning confusion in its happy notes While the flail of Urizen sounded loud & the winnowing wind of Tharmas So loud so clear in the wide heavens & the song that they sung was this Composed by an African Black from the little Earth of Sotha Aha Aha how came I here so soon in my sweet native land t35 How came I here Methinks I am as I was in my youth [ PAGE135 ] When in my fathers house I sat & heard his chearing voice Methinks I see his flocks & herds & feel my limbs renewd And Lo my Brethren in their tents & their little ones around them The song arose to the Golden feast the Eternal Man rejoicd Then the Eternal Man said Luvah the Vintage is ripe arise5 The sons of Urizen shall gather the vintage with sharp hooks And all thy sons O Luvah bear away the families of Earth I hear the flail of Urizen his barns are full no roo Remains & in the Vineyards stand the abounding sheaves beneath The falling Grapes that odorous burst upon the winds. Arise10 My flocks & herds trample the Corn my cattle browze upon The ripe Clusters The shepherds shout for Luvah prince of Love Let the Bulls of Luvah tread the Corn & draw the loaded waggon Into the Barn while children glean the Ears around the door Then shall they lift their innocent hands & stroke his furious nose 15 And he shall lick the little girls white neck & on her head Scatter the perfume of his breath while from his mountains high The lion of terror shall come down & bending his bright mane And couching at their side shall eat from the curld boys white lap His golden food and in the evening sleep before the Door 20 Attempting to be more than Man We become less said Luvah As he arose from the bright feast drunk with the wine of ages His crown of thorns fell from his head he hung his living Lyre Behind the seat of the Eternal Man & took his way Sounding the Song of Los descending to the Vineyards bright25 His sons arising from the feast with golden baskets follow A fiery train as when the Sun sings in the ripe vineyards Then Luvah stood before the wine press all his fiery sons Brought up the loaded Waggons with shoutings ramping tygers play In the jingling traces furious lions sound the song of joy 30 To the golden wheels circling upon the pavement of heaven & all The Villages of Luvah ring the golden tiles of the villages


Reply to violins & tabors to the pipe flute lyre & cymbal Then fell the Legions of Mystery in maddning confusion Down Down thro the immense with outcry fury & despair35 Into the wine presses of Luvah howling fell the Clusters Of human families thro the deep. the wine presses were filld The blood of life flowd plentiful Odors of life arose All round the heave nly arches & the Odors rose singing this song t

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O terrible wine presses of Luvah O caverns of the Grave How lovely the delights of those risen again from death O trembling joy excess of joy is like Excess of grief So sang the Human Odors round the wine presses of Luvah But in the Wine presses is wailing terror & despair5 Forsaken of their Elements they vanish & are no more No more but a desire of Being a distracted ravening desire Desiring like the hungry worm & like the gaping grave t They plunge into the Elements the Elements cast them forth Or else consume their shadowy semblance Yet they obstinate 10 Tho pained to distraction Cry O let us Exist for This dreadful Non Existence is worse than pains of Eternal Birth t Eternal Death who can Endure. let us consume in fires In waters stifling or in air corroding or in earth shut up The Pangs of Eternal birth are better than the Pangs of Eternal Death 15 How red the Sons & Daughters of Luvah how they tread the Grapes Laughing & shouting drunk with odors many fall oerwearied Drownd in the wine is many a youth & maiden those around Lay them on skins of tygers or the spotted Leopard or wild Ass Till they revive or bury them in cool Grots making lamentation 20 But in the Wine Presses the Human Grapes Sing not nor dance They howl & writhe in shoals of torment in fierce flames consuming In chains of iron & in dungeons circled with ceaseless fires In pits & dens & shades of death in shapes of torment & woe The Plates the Screws and Racks & Saws & cords & fires & floods t25 The cruel joy of Luvahs daughters lacerating with knives And whip their Victims & the deadly sports of Luvahs Sons t Timbrels & Violins sport round the Wine Presses The little Seed The Sportive root the Earthworm the small beetle the wise Emmet Dance round the Wine Presses of Luvah. the Centipede is there30 The ground Spider with many Eyes the Mole clothed in Velvet The Earwig armd the tender maggot emblem of Immortality The Slow Slug the grasshopper that sings & laughs & drinks The winter comes he folds his slender bones without a murmur There is the Nettle that stings with soft down & there t35 405

The indignant Thistle whose bitterness is bred in his milk And who lives on the contempt of his neighbour there all the idle weeds That creep about the obscure places shew their various limbs Naked in all their beauty dancing round the Wine Presses They Dance around the Dying & they Drink the howl & groan 40

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They catch the Shrieks in cups of gold they hand them to one another These are the sports of love & these the sweet delights of amorous play Tears of the grapes the death sweat of the Cluster the last sigh Of the mild youth who listens to the luring songs of Luvah The Eternal Man darkend with Sorrow & a wintry mantle 5 Coverd the Hills He said O Tharmas rise & O Urthona Then Tharmas & Urthona rose from the Golden feast satiated With Mirth & joy Urthona limping from his fall on Tharmas leand In his right hand his hammer Tharmas held his Shepherds crook Beset with gold gold were the ornaments formed by the sons of Urizen 10 Then Enion & Ahania & Vala & the wife of Dark Urthona Rose from the feast in joy ascending to their Golden Looms There the wingd shuttle Sang the spindle & the distaff & the Reel Rang sweet the praise of industry. Thro all the golden rooms Heaven rang with winged Exultation All beneath howld loud15 With tenfold rout & desolation roard the Chasms beneath Where the wide woof flowd down & where the Nations are gatherd together Tharmas went down to the Wine presses & beheld the sons & daughters Of Luvah quite exhausted with the Labour & quite filld With new wine. that they began to torment one another and to tread 20 The weak. Luvah & Vala slept on the floor o'erwearied Urthona calld his Sons around him Tharmas calld his sons Numrous. they took the wine they separated the Lees And Luvah was put for dung on the ground by the Sons of Tharmas & Urthona They formed heavens of sweetest wo d of gold & silver & ivory 25 Of glass & precious stones They loaded all the waggons of heaven And took away the wine of ages with solemn songs & joy Luvah & Vala woke & all the sons & daughters of Luvah Awoke they wept to one another & they reascended To the Eternal Man in woe he cast them wailing into30 The world of shadows thro the air till winter is over & gone But the Human Wine stood wondering in all their delightful Expanses The Elements subside the heavens rolld on with vocal harmony Then Los who is Urthona rose in all his regenerate power


The Sea that rolld & foamd with darkness & the shadows of death35 Vomited out & gave up all the floods lift up their hands Singing & shouting to the Man they bow their hoary heads And murmuring in their channels flow & circle round his feet

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Then Dark Urthona took the Corn out of the Stores of Urizen He ground it in his rumbling Mills Terrible the distress Of all the Nations of Earth ground in the Mills of Urthona In his hand Tharmas takes the Storms. he turns the whirlwind Loose Upon the wheels the stormy seas howl at his dread command5 And Eddying fierce rejoice in the fierce agitation of the wheels Of Dark Urthona Thunders Earthquakes Fires Water floods Rejoice to one another loud their voices shake the Abyss Their dread forms tending the dire mills The grey hoar frost was there And his pale wife the aged Snow they watch over the fires10 They build the Ovens of Urthona Nature in darkness groans And Men are bound to sullen contemplations in the night Restless they turn on beds of sorrow. in their inmost brain Feeling the crushing Wheels they rise they write the bitter words Of Stern Philosophy & knead the bread of knowledge with tears & groans15 Such are the works of Dark Urthona Tharmas sifted the corn Urthona made the Bread of Ages & he placed it In golden & in silver baskets in heavens of precious stone And then took his repose in Winter in the night of Time The Sun has left his blackness & has found a fresher morning 20 And the mild moon rejoices in the clear & cloudless night t And Man walks forth from midst of the fires the evil is all consumd His eyes behold the Angelic spheres arising night & day The stars consumd like a lamp blown out & in their stead behold The Expanding Eyes of Man behold the depths of wondrous worlds t25 One Earth one sea beneath nor Erring Globes wander but Stars Of fire rise up nightly from the Ocean & one Sun Each morning like a New born Man issues with songs & Joy Calling the Plowman to his Labour & the Shepherd to his rest He walks upon the Eternal Mountains raising his heavenly voice 30 Conversing with the Animal forms of wisdom night & day That risen from the Sea of fire renewd walk oer the Earth For Tharmas brought his flocks upon the hills & in the Vales Around the Eternal Mans bright tent the little Children play Among the wooly flocks The hammer of Urthona sounds35 In the deep caves beneath his limbs renewd his Lions roar Around the Furnaces & in Evening sport upon the plains They raise their faces from the Earth conversing with the Man 407 How is it we have walkd thro fires & yet are not consumd How is it that all things are changd even as in ancient times40

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The Sun arises from his dewy bed & the fresh airs Play in his smiling beams giving the seeds of life to grow And the fresh Earth beams forth ten thousand thousand springs of life Urthona is arisen in his strength no longer now Divided from Enitharmon no longer the Spectre Los45 Where is the Spectre of Prophecy where the delusive Phantom Departed & Urthona rises from the ruinous walls In all his ancient strength to form the golden armour of science For intellectual War The war of swords departed now The dark Religions are departed & sweet Science reigns 50 End of The Dream t