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Young's Night Thoughts
Frontispiece to second volume
Blake painted 537 watercolors as illustrations to Edward Young's Night Thoughts. Of these 43 were engraved and included in an edition published in 1797. Blake gave greater emphasis than did Young to the Christian dimension in creating his illustrations. Blake seized the opportunity to create two images of the Resurrection.
The role that Jesus plays in Blake's own poetry gives him opportunity to bring up the resurrection in conjunction with Mary Magdalen, the raising of Lazarus, victory over death and regeneration.
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"
 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
Jerusalem, Plate 98, (E 257)
"South stood the Nerves of the Eye. East in Rivers of bliss the Nerves of the
Expansive Nostrils West, flowd the Parent Sense the Tongue. North stood
The labyrinthine Ear. Circumscribing & Circumcising the excrementitious
Husk & Covering into Vacuum evaporating revealing the lineaments of Man
Driving outward the Body of Death in an Eternal Death & Resurrection
Awaking it to Life among the Flowers of Beulah rejoicing in Unity
In the Four Senses in the Outline the Circumference & Form, forever
In Forgiveness of Sins which is Self Annihilation. it is the Covenant of Jehovah"
First Corinthians 15
 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
Four Zoas, Night I, PAGE 4, (E 301)
In Eden; in the Auricular Nerves of Human life
Which is the Earth of Eden, he his Emanations propagated
Fairies of Albion afterwards Gods of the Heathen, Daughter of Beulah Sing
His fall into Division & his Resurrection to Unity
His fall into the Generation of Decay & Death & his Regeneration
by the Resurrection from the dead
 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.