Milton, Plate 39 , (E 141) "He [Albion] strove to rise to walk into the Deep. but strength failing Forbad & down with dreadful groans he sunk upon his Couch In moony Beulah. Los his strong Guard walks round beneath the Moon Urizen faints in terror striving among the Brooks of Arnon With Miltons Spirit: as the Plowman or Artificer or Shepherd While in the labours of his Calling sends his Thought abroad To labour in the ocean or in the starry heaven. So Milton Labourd in Chasms of the Mundane Shell, tho here before My Cottage midst the Starry Seven, where the Virgin Ololon Stood trembling in the Porch: loud Satan thunderd on the stormy Sea Circling Albions Cliffs in which the Four-fold World resides Tho seen in fallacy outside: a fallacy of Satans Churches Plate 40  I see thee strive upon the Brooks of Arnon. there a dread And awful Man I see, oercoverd with the mantle of years. I behold Los & Urizen. I behold Orc & Tharmas; The Four Zoa's of Albion & thy Spirit with them striving In Self annihilation giving thy life to thy enemies Are those who contemn Religion & seek to annihilate it Become in their Femin[in]e portions the causes & promoters Of these Religions, how is this thing? this Newtonian Phantasm This Voltaire & Rousseau: this Hume & Gibbon & Bolingbroke This Natural Religion! this impossible absurdity Is Ololon the cause of this? O where shall I hide my face These tears fall for the little-ones: the Children of Jerusalem Lest they be annihilated in thy annihilation. No sooner she had spoke but Rahab Babylon appeard Eastward upon the Paved work across Europe & Asia Glorious as the midday Sun in Satans bosom glowing: A Female hidden in a Male, Religion hidden in War Namd Moral Virtue; cruel two-fold Monster shining bright A Dragon red & hidden Harlot which John in Patmos saw And all beneath the Nations innumerable of Ulro Appeard, the Seven Kingdoms of Canaan & Five Baalim Of Philistea. into Twelve divided, calld after the Names Of Israel: as they are in Eden. Mountain. River & Plain City & sandy Desart intermingled beyond mortal ken But turning toward Ololon in terrible majesty Milton Replied. Obey thou the Words of the Inspired Man All that can be annihilated must be annihilated That the Children of Jerusalem may be saved from slavery There is a Negation, & there is a Contrary The Negation must be destroyd to redeem the Contraries The Negation is the Spectre; the Reasoning Power in Man This is a false Body: an Incrustation over my Immortal Spirit; a Selfhood, which must be put off & annihilated alway To cleanse the Face of my Spirit by Self-examination. Plate 41  To bathe in the Waters of Life; to wash off the Not Human I come in Self-annihilation & the grandeur of Inspiration To cast off Rational Demonstration by Faith in the Saviour To cast off the rotten rags of Memory by Inspiration To cast off Bacon, Locke & Newton from Albions covering To take off his filthy garments, & clothe him with Imagination To cast aside from Poetry, all that is not Inspiration"
Michael Contending with Satan
Study for illustration to Young's Night Thoughts
These combatants are the Good Guys:
Children of Jerusalem
and these are the Bad Guys:
Fallen Zoas of Albion
Those who condemn religion and seek to annihilate it
Rahab Babylon (moral virtue)
The battle is not concluded with the defeat of Urizen but with the recognition of the forces that participate in the struggle. When the enemy is recognized as negation which by its nature can and must be destroyed, Milton consents to the annihilation of all that can be annihilated. This cleanses his mind, frees his spirit, releases his relationships, and alters his perception.