Monday, January 30, 2012

Plate 33


Jerusalem, Plate 33 [37], (E 179)
"And One stood forth from the Divine Family &,said
I feel my Spectre rising upon me! Albion! arouze thyself! 
Why dost thou thunder with frozen Spectrous wrath against us? 
The Spectre is, in Giant Man; insane, and most deform'd. 
Thou wilt certainly provoke my Spectre against thine in fury! 
He has a Sepulcher hewn out of a Rock ready for thee: 
And a Death of Eight thousand years forg'd by thyself, upon 
The point of his Spear! if thou persistest to forbid with Laws 
Our Emanations, and to attack our secret supreme delights 
So Los spoke: But when he saw blue death in Albions feet,

Again he join'd the Divine Body, following merciful;

While Albion fled more indignant! revengeful covering
Plate 34
His face and bosom with petrific hardness,"

Notes: The text is short, but a picture calls for a detailed explanation:

Two pictures, separated by the short text:

The picture above shows a strickened Albion, his head supported  by a merciful Savior.  Below is a very dark moon.

Immediately below 'While Albion fled..' you may observe a bat-like figure...the spectre with two eyes and a sharpened beak pointed directly at the sleeping figure below.
A more detailed  image shows who seems to be Jerusalem encased in Vala's veil. This of course is a symbol of Albion's fallen condition -- in the light of a moon (full on the left and new on the right).
Below the couch is the sea, but is that bottom wave serpentine?
(Jerusalem, edited by Morton D Paley, page 188)
'The upper design shows..Albion..sunk down "between the Palm Tree and the Oak of Weeping", between the symbol of the Triumph Entry into Jerusalem and the tree in Golgotha where the Lord was crucified.
The 'winged disk' (with stars) is "an ancient symbol of divinity", and he quoted in FZ, Night Seven "thou knowest that the Spectre is in Every Man insane brutish." The original reading of 'blue death'  is 'pale death'.

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