Both men were conscious of the two ways of life, and for both men the heavenly way became more and more prominent to them until the end of their mortal lives.
Paul wrote, "I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better; Blake died singing, his life heavenly at the end.
Blake taught us about states:
In the Book of Urizen Blake used this exression 7 times:
"a state of dismal woe". "The book takes its name from the character Urizen in Blake's mythology, who represents alienated reason as the source of oppression. The book describes Urizen as the "primeval priest" and tells how he became separated from the other Eternals to create his own alienated and enslaving realm of religious dogma. (Wikepedia)
The seven 'states of dismal woe' represent the seven acts of creation by Urizen, the demiurge in 'seven ages'. In effect Urizen had created Man (his physical form) concentrating on the five senses. (This section of the book is repeated -with some variation- in Night 4 of The Four Zoas.)
Blake, the man, did not consider the physical body as a misfortune, but an encumbrance.
It's interesting that Blake referred to these processes of creation as states, so we might ask what might that mean? Looking farther we find Blake calling Satan a state:
"There is a State namd Satan learn distinct to know O Rahab
The Difference between States & Individuals of those States
The State namd Satan never can be redeemd in all Eternity" (Erdman 380). Hence the State named Satan will be annihilated (completely)at the Last Judgement:
"whenever any Individual Rejects Error &
Embraces Truth a Last Judgment passes upon that Individual" which is to say that the earth (the earthly!) facet of that Individual passes away.
Look finally at this extract from Visions of the Last Judgment: some "say we will not Converse concerning Good & Evil we will live in
Paradise & Liberty You may do so in Spirit but not
for in Paradise they have no Corporeal <& Mortal>
Body that originated with the Fall & was calld Death &
cannot be removed but by a Last judgment while we are
in the world of Mortality we Must Suffer 'The Whole
Creation Groans to be deliverd' there will always be as
many Hypocrites born as Honest Men & they will always
have superior Power in Mortal Things..."