Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In the Grave

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William Blake: Christ in the Sepulchre, Guarded by Angels
William Blake (1757–1827)

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From the Four Zoas; Erdman 385:
And Los & Enitharmon took the Body of the Lamb
Down from the Cross & placd it in a Sepulcher which Los
had hewn
For himself in the Rock of Eternity trembling & in despair
Jerusalem wept over the Sepulcher two thousand Years

Blake suggests here that they are still waiting for the
Resurrection. Actually he thought the Resurrection is in
Eternity where there's no time.

This from The Four Zoas, Erdman 379:
Jerusalem saw the Body dead upon the Cross She fled away
Saying Is this Eternal Death Where shall I hide from Death
Pity me Los pity me Urizen & let us build a Sepulcher and
worship Death in fear while yet we live .....
And Let all Nations of the Earth worship at the Sepulcher
With Gifts & Spices with lamps rich embossd jewels & gold
Of Eternity for himself he hewd it despairing of Life Eternal

They bore it to the Sepulcher which Los had hewn in the
rock Of Eternity for himself he hewd it despairing of Life Eternal

In Jerusalem plate 12 we read:
Terrified at the sublime Wonder, Los stood before his Furnaces.
And they stood around, terrified with admiration at Erins Spaces
For the Spaces reachd from the starry heighth, to the starry
And they builded Golgonooza: terrible eternal labour!
What are those golden builders doing? where was the burying-place
Mild Zions hills most ancient promontory; near mournful
Ever weeping Paddington? is that Calvary and Golgotha?
Becoming a building of pity and compassion?

Strange how Golgonooza and Golgotha are related, both with
'Golgo'! Golgotha is where they 'waited 2000 years';

Golgonooza is where we built the 'Kingdom of God' all those
years. It seems we're all waiting.

1 comment:

ellie said...

Jerusalem, Plate 62,(E 213)
"These are the Daughters of Vala, Mother of the Body of death
But I thy Magdalen behold thy Spiritual Risen Body
Shall Albion arise? I know he shall arise at the Last Day!
I know that in my flesh I shall see God: but Emanations
Are weak. they know not whence they are, nor whither tend.

Jesus replied. I am the Resurrection & the Life.
I Die & pass the limits of possibility, as it appears
To individual perception. Luvah must be Created
And Vala; for I cannot leave them in the gnawing Grave.
But will prepare a way for my banished-ones to return
Come now with me into the villages. walk thro all the cities."