[ Anytus Melitus & Lycon thought Socrates a
Very Pernicious Man So Caiphas thought Jesus]
Enitharmon heard. She raisd her head like the mild Moon
O Rintrah! O Palamabron! What are your dire & awful purposes
Enitharmons name is nothing before you: you forget all my Love!
The Mothers love of obedience is forgotten & you seek a Love
Of the pride of dominion, that will Divorce Ocalythron &
Upon East Moor in Derbyshire & along the Valleys of Cheviot
Could you Love me Rintrah, if you Pride not in my Love
As Reuben found Mandrakes in the field & gave them to his Mother
Pride meets with Pride upon the Mountains in the stormy day
In that terrible Day of Rintrahs Plow & of Satans driving the
Ah! then I heard my little ones weeping along the Valley!
Ah! then I saw my beloved ones fleeing from my Tent
Merlin was like thee Rintrah among the Giants of Albion
Judah was like Palamabron: O Simeon! O Levi! ye fled away
How can I hear my little ones weeping along the Valley
Or how upon the distant Hills see my beloveds Tents.
Then Los again took up his speech as Enitharmon ceast
Fear not my Sons this Waking Death. he is become One with me
Behold him here! We shall not Die! we shall be united in Jesus.
Will you suffer this Satan this Body of Doubt that Seems but Is
To occupy the very threshold of Eternal Life. if Bacon, Newton,
Locke,Deny a Conscience in Man & the Communion of Saints & Angels
Contemning the Divine Vision & Fruition, Worshiping the Deus
Of the Heathen, The God of This World, & the Goddess Nature
Mystery Babylon the Great, The Druid Dragon & hidden Harlot
Is it not that Signal of the Morning which was told us in the
Thus they converse upon Mam-Tor.
the Graves thunder under their feet
(Los and Enitharmon are the parents of the sons discussed here.)
In a long paragraph we read Enitharmon’s extended reverie about the end of time.
(You may remember that in the last plate Enitharmon expressed her fear that ‘emanations will cease to be’.)
Enitharmon fears that the childish (innocent) love of her children had been replaced by pride:
O Rintrah! O Palamabron:
This pair of Sons of Albion are best explained in The Bard’s Song, found in the first part of Milton. Like all Blake’s characters they are contraries of ‘good and bad’.
Judah was like Palamabron: O Simeon! O Levi! ye fled away: the children of Israel had fled from Jehovah worshipping pagan gods. But Blake had already said the same thing re the ‘children of England’. (For Blake England and Palestine were virtually the ‘same’.)
Then Los again took up his speech as Enitharmon ceast:
His prophecy is more hopeful. In the end Satan (“that Seems but Is Not”) is replaced by ‘our Eternal destiny’, but includes his usual harsh judgment of Bacon, Newton, Locke.
This Picture is fascinating":
The top part embraces what you may find at the beginning of the plate.
The three accusers are running and pointing their fingers at what they discern as Sin.
At the bottom a placid and resigned Enitharmon sits in water or in a red furnace waiting to be with Los at the end. (Erdman Illustrated Blake, page 372)
So the two images together illustrate the doleful effects of (material) Sin. Blake denied Sin and called it Error to be overcome by Truth at the Last Judgment.