1793 Visions of the Daughters of Albion
America. A Prophecy
For Children: The Gates of Paradise
1794 Songs of Experience
Europe. A Prophecy
The [First] Book of Urizen
1795 The Song of Los
The Book of Ahania
The Book of Los
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America. A Prophecy
Plate 15, Copy M
Although Blake continued to write, he did not continue to publish for several years. The Four Zoas which started out with the title Vala never went beyond the manuscript stage. Milton and Jerusalem bear the date 1804 on their title pages but work on them was extended for years after that. It is possible that Blake, after 1795, experienced a crisis of confidence which interrupted his output of poetry.
The squabble between Luvah and Urizen over the horses of light may represent the struggle which formed a roadblock preventing Blake from confidently issuing more books until he resolved the dissension in his mind between the emotional and rational needs which required attention and expression.
Four Zoas, Night I, Page 10, (E 305) "The Fallen Man takes his repose: Urizen sleeps in the porch Luvah and Vala woke & flew up from the Human Heart Into the Brain; from thence upon the pillow Vala slumber'd. And Luvah siez'd the Horses of Light, & rose into the Chariot of Day" Four Zoas, Night I, Page 18, (E 311) "The Eternal Man wept in the holy tent Our Brother in Eternity Even Albion whom thou lovest wept in pain his family Slept round on hills & valleys in the regions of his love But Urizen awoke & Luvah woke & thus conferrd Thou Luvah said the Prince of Light behold our sons & daughters Reposd on beds. let them sleep on. do thou alone depart Into thy wished Kingdom where in Majesty & Power We may erect a throne. deep in the North I place my lot Thou in the South listen attentive. In silent of this night I will infold the Eternal tent in clouds opake while thou Siezing the chariots of the morning. Go outfleeting ride Afar into the Zenith high bending thy furious course Southward with half the tents of men inclosd in clouds Will lay my scepter on Jerusalem the Emanation On all her sons & on thy sons O Luvah & on mine Till dawn was wont to wake them then my trumpet sounding loud Ravishd away in night my strong command shall be obeyd For I have placd my centinels in stations each tenth man Is bought & sold & in dim night my Word shall be their law PAGE 22 Luvah replied Dictate to thy Equals. am not I The Prince of all the hosts of Men nor Equal know in Heaven If I arise into the Zenith leaving thee to watch The Emanation & her Sons the Satan & the Anak Sihon and Og. wilt thou not rebel to my laws remain In darkness building thy strong throne & in my ancient night Daring my power wilt arm my sons against me in the Atlantic My deep My night which thou assuming hast assumed my Crown I will remain as well as thou & here with hands of blood Smite this dark sleeper in his tent then try my strength with thee While thus he spoke his fires reddend oer the holy tent Urizen cast deep darkness round him silent brooding death Eternal death to Luvah. raging Luvah pourd The Lances of Urizen from chariots. round the holy tent Discord began & yells & cries shook the wide firmament"