Monday, November 25, 2013

bible3 Moses

At the burning bush
William Blake had much to say about Moses:

(Erdman 67; Song of Los, Plate 3):
Adam stood in the garden of Eden:
And Noah on the mountains of Ararat;
They saw Urizen give his Laws to the Nations
By the hands of the children of Los.

Adam shudderd! Noah faded! black grew the sunny African
When Rintrah gave Abstract Philosophy to Brama in the East:
(Night spoke to the Cloud!
Lo these Human form'd spirits in smiling hipocrisy. War
Against one another; so let them War on; slaves to the eternal Elements)
Noah shrunk, beneath the waters;
Abram fled in fires from Chaldea;
Moses beheld upon Mount Sinai forms of dark delusion:

In this opaque section Moses is listed along with Adam, Noah, and Abram 
(Abraham) Each of the three is a key to three periods of Hebrew history: 
For Christians Moses, found with Elijah and Jesus on the Mount of 
Transfiguration is foremost.

Mount Sinai was the LAW, The 'dark delusion' was the Ten Commandments.

In a letter to Dr. Trusler (Erdman 702):
"The wisest of the Ancients considerd what is not too Explicit as the fittest for
Instruction because it rouzes the faculties to act. I name Moses Solomon Esop
Homer Plato"

Trusler was a 'divine' with strong opinions that Blake found
erroneous. Here Blake assumes that the name Moses refers to the Pentateuch.

"Eternal Identity is one thing & Corporeal Vegetation is another
thing Changing Water into Wine by Jesus & into Blood by Moses
relates to Vegetable Nature also..."

(Erdman 230-31; Plate 77 of Jerusalem):
"A Male within a Female hid as in an Ark & Curtains, 

Abraham, Moses, Solomon, Paul, Constantine, Charlemaine Luther, 
these seven are the Male-Females, the Dragon Forms '
Religion hid in War, a Dragon red & hidden Harlot"

(Erdman 138; The Book of Milton)
"And these the names of the Twenty-seven Heavens & their Churches 

Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, 
Methuselah, Lamech; these are the Giants mighty, Hermaphroditic 
Noah, Shem, Arphaxad, Cainan the Second, Salah, Heber, 
Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah: these are the Female Males: 
A Male within a Female hid as in an Ark & Curtains. 
Abraham, Moses, Solomon, Paul, Constantine, Charlemaine, 
Luther. these Seven are the Male Females: the Dragon Forms 
The Female hid within a Male: thus Rahab is reveald Mystery 
Babylon the Great: the Abomination of Desolation 
Religion hid in War: a Dragon red, & hidden Harlot 
But Jesus breaking thro' the Central Zones of Death & 
Hell Opens Eternity in Time & Space; triumphant in Mercy"

In Visions of the Last Judgment (Erdman 556):
"& beneath the falling figure of Cain is Moses casting his tables of stone 
into the Deeps. it ought to be understood that the Persons Moses & 
Abraham are not here meant but the States Signified by those Names the 
Individuals being representatives or Visions of those States as they were reveald 
to Mortal Man in the Series of Divine Revelations. as they are written in the Bible 
these various States I have seen in my Imagination when distant they appear as One Man"

'Visions of the Last Judgment:

This last mention of Moses places him as the first of the modern churches.

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