Illustration 10, 1807
In an illustration to Milton's Paradise Lost, Blake presented another view of the judgement that fell on Adam and Eve for their disobedience. Following Milton's statement, 'So judg'd he Man, both Judge and Saviour sent,' (Book 10.209), Blake pictured Christ, not Jehovah, as informing Adam and Eve of the consequences of their eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They were expelled from Eden and sent into the world which Blake calls generation.
The book of 1John (Chapter 2) in the bible, echoes the gentler attitude toward sin which Christ demonstrates in the picture painted by Blake:
"[ 1] My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:"
However the darker side of separating oneself from the Divine Presence is shown in the upper section of the picture. Here we see Sin and Death, who have been given entry into the world through the opening of the Gate of Hell. Death, to the left wearing a crown, and sin to the right with the three headed hound of hell, are in readiness to work their foul deeds in the world walled off from Eden.
Sin & Death: the children of Satan.
Marriage of Heaven & Hell, Plate 5, (E 34) "And the original Archangel or possessor of the command of the heavenly host, is calld the Devil or Satan and his children are call'd Sin & Death"The Female is now separate from the Male: the criteria for the generative world.
Four Zoas, Night IX, Page 133, (E 401) "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 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 This is the Generative world"
Benevolent provision which is made for the new world to be inhabited by man: the Divine Vision.
Four Zoas, Night II, Page 32, (E 321) "On clouds the Sons of Urizen beheld Heaven walled round They weighd & orderd all & Urizen comforted saw The wondrous work flow forth like visible out of the invisible For the Divine Lamb Even Jesus who is the Divine Vision Permitted all lest Man should fall into Eternal Death For when Luvah sunk down himself put on the robes of blood Lest the state calld Luvah should cease. & the Divine Vision Walked in robes of blood till he who slept should awake Thus were the stars of heaven created like a golden chain To bind the Body of Man to heaven from falling into the Abyss Each took his station, & his course began with sorrow & care"