Thursday, July 05, 2012

Plate 92

So Los terrified cries: trembling & weeping & howling!

PLATE 92                                            
What do I see? The Briton Saxon Roman Norman amalgamating
In my Furnaces into One Nation the English
: & taking refuge
In the Loins of Albion. The Canaanite united with the fugitive
Hebrew, whom she divided into Twelve, & sold into Egypt
Then scatterd the Egyptian & Hebrew to the four Winds!
This sinful Nation Created in our Furnaces & Looms is Albion

So Los spoke.

Plate 92
Enitharmon answerd in great terror in Lambeths Vale

The Poets Song draws to its period & Enitharmon is no more.
For if he be that Albion I can never weave him in my Looms
But when he touches the first fibrous thread, like filmy dew
My Looms will be no more & I annihilate vanish for ever
Then thou wilt Create another Female according to thy Will.

Los answerd swift as the shuttle of gold.
Sexes must vanish &   cease To be,
when Albion arises from his dread repose O lovely
When all their Crimes, their Punishments their Accusations of
All their Jealousies Revenges. Murders. hidings of Cruelty in
Appear only in the Outward Spheres of Visionary Space and Time.
In the shadows of Possibility by Mutual Forgiveness forevermore
And in the Vision & in the Prophecy, that we may Foresee & Avoid
The terrors of Creation & Redemption & Judgment. Beholding them
Displayd in the Emanative Visions of Canaan in Jerusalem & in
And in the Shadows of Remembrance, & in the Chaos of the Spectre
Amalek, Edom, Egypt, Moab, Ammon, Ashur, Philistea, around
Where the Druids reard their Rocky Circles to make permanent
Of Sin. & the Tree of Good & Evil sprang from the Rocky Circle &
Of the Druid, along the Valley of Rephaim from Camberwell to
And framed the Mundane Shell Cavernous in Length Bredth & Highth
(Erdman 252-53)


What do I see? The Briton Saxon Roman Norman amalgamating
In my Furnaces into One Nation the English

This is a good definition of ‘English’.

The rest of the paragraph summarizes the Old Testament history of the Jews.

Enitharman (Los’ emanation) replies: 
In this paragraph she perceives the end of emanations in Eternity.

Lambeths Vale was the place Blake lived from 1793-1800, before moving to Felpham.

Los answerd completing Enitharmon’s prophecy.

Sexes must vanish &  cease To be (taken from Jesus’ words in the gospel).

In Heaven all sin is ‘forgiven forever more.
The Picture has much interest:

A large clothed woman (perhaps Jerusalem) with two hands raised upward (in a gesture of surrender) is sitting over three (or four?) recumbent men (the four zoas?), “four forms of Albion’s selfhood". Los faces on the left, the generally creative side.

Isaiah 3:25-6 
[Jerusalem’s] men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war, and her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground. (from Erdman’s Illuminated Blake p. 371)

Druid structures on both upper margins.

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