Ezekiel, Chapter 24
 Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.
 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.
 So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.
 And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?
 Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.
 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.
 And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.
 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
Caption, "I take away from thee the Desire of thine Eyes, [E]zekiel xxiv"
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Marriage of Heaven & Hell , Plate 13, (E 39)
"I then asked Ezekiel. why he eat dung, & lay so long on his
right & left side? he answerd. the desire of raising other men
into a perception of the infinite this the North American tribes
practise. & is he honest who resists his genius or conscience.
only for the sake of present ease or gratification?"