Europe Plate 6
A lurid scene at the bottom, of a child dead, presumably of starvation. At the top a pot over a flaming fire-- to cook the child?
Two women under the furnace:
The one on the left bent over with grief.
The other one, sitting on a sort of throne with an infant, contemplating the pot.
Blake was familiar with the story in Ist Kings 3 commonly called "splitting the baby"
" Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.
 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.