In Poetical Sketches (Erdman 445) [Further Sketches] [In a Manuscript Fragment] "then She bore Pale desire . . ." t PAGE 1 then She bore Pale desire father of Curiosity a Virgin ever young. And after. Leaden Sloth from whom came Ignorance. who brought forth wonder. These are the Gods which Came from fear. for Gods like these. nor male nor female are but Single Pregnate or if they list together mingling bring forth mighty powrs[.] She knew them not yet they all war with Shame and Strengthen her weak arm.
But Pride awoke nor knew that Joy was born. and taking Poisnous Seed from her own Bowels. in the Monster Shame infusd. forth Came Ambition Crawling like a toad Pride Bears it in her Bosom. and the Gods. all bow to it. So Great its Power. that Pride inspird by it Prophetic Saw the Kingdoms of the World & all their Glory. Giants of Mighty arm before the flood.
In The Everlasting Gospel at Erdman 520: PAGES 48-52 [f] Was Jesus Chaste or did he Give any Lessons of Chastity The morning blushd fiery red Mary was found in Adulterous bed Earth groand beneath & Heaven above Trembled at discovery of Love Jesus was sitting in Moses Chair They brought the trembling Woman There Moses commands she be stoned to Death What was the sound of Jesus breath t He laid his hand on Moses Law The Ancient Heavens in Silent Awe Writ with Curses from Pole to Pole All away began to roll The Earth trembling & Naked lay In secret bed of Mortal Clay On Sinai felt the hand Divine Putting back the bloody shrine And she heard the breath of God As she heard by Edens flood Good & Evil are no more t Sinais trumpets cease to roar
From A Descriptive Catalog on page 541:
NUMBER IV. The Bard, from Gray On a rock, whose haughty brow Frown'd o'er old Conway's foaming flood, Robed in the sable garb of woe, With haggard eyes the Poet stood, Loose his beard, and hoary hair Stream'd like a meteor to the troubled air. Weave the warp, and weave the woof The winding sheet of Edward's race.
Erdman 545: still in a Descriptive Catalog:
The dead and the dying, Britons naked, mingled with armed Romans, strew the field beneath. Among these, the last of the Bards who were capable of attending warlike deeds, is seen falling, outstretched among the dead and the dying; singing to his harp in the pains of death. [PAGE 50]Distant among the mountains, are Druid Temples, similar to Stone Hedge. The Sun sets behind the mountains, bloody with the day of battle. The flush of health in flesh, exposed to the open air, nourished by the spirits of forests and floods, in that ancient happy period, which history has recorded, cannot be like the.....
In his Descriptions of the Last Judgment (Erdman 552-66) Blake drew extensively on the biblical Flood in several ways: as a simple time and as Blake's poetic interpretaion; it is a very poetic description. It's well worth reading with special reference to these excerpts:
Beneath the Cloud on which Abel kneels is Abraham with Sarah & Isaac [&] also Hagar & Ishmael. those
Churches before the flood that they were filld with blood & fire
& vapour of smoke even till Abrahams time the vapour & heat was not Extinguishd These States Exist now Man Passes on but States remain for Ever he passes thro them like a traveller who may as well suppose that the places he has passed thro exist no more as a Man may suppose that the States he has passd thro exist no more Every Thing is Eternal.......
But to proceed with the description of those on the Left
hand. beneath the Cloud on which Moses kneels is two figures a Male & Female chaind [P 77] together by the feet[.] they represent those who perishd by the flood[
(559) The Persons who ascend to Meet the Lord coming in the CloudsGenerations when seen remote they appear as One Man. a little below Seth on his right are Two Figures a Male & Female with numerous Children these represent those who were not in the Line of the Church & yet were Saved from among the Antediluvians who Perished. between Seth & these a female figure [with the backwith power & great Glory. are representations of those States described in the Bible under the Names of the Fathers before & after the Flood Noah is seen in the Midst of these Canopied by a Rainbow. on his right hand Shem & on his Left Japhet these three Persons represent Poetry Painting & Music the three Powers
of conversing with Paradise which the flood did not Sweep away
(560):Above the Head of Noah is Seth this State calld Seth is Male & Female in a higher state of Happiness & wisdom than Noah being nearer the State of Innocence beneath the feet of Seth two figures represent the two Seasons of Spring & Autumn. while beneath the feet of Noah Four Seasons represent [our present changes of Extremes] the Changed State made by the flood.By the side of Seth is Elijah he comprehends all the Prophetic Characters he is seen on his fiery Chariot bowing before the throne of the Saviour. in like manner The figures of Seth & his wife Comprehends the Fathers before the flood & their turnd] represents the Solitary State of those who previous to the Flood walked with God