For the Sexes: Gates of Paradise, Plate 11, (E 265)
"11 Aged Ignorance Perceptive Organs closed their Objects close"
For the Sexes: Gates of Paradise, Plate 19, (E 268)
"11 Holy & cold I clipd the Wings Of all Sublunary Things"
The picture shows us an old man with poor eyesight restraining a winged boy. The rising sun attracts the boy who reaches for it with out stretched hand. The seated and clothed man uses his scissors to clip the wing of the child. The man is unable to see the light toward which the child is heading.
I consider this to be another of the 'birth' junctures in Blake's Gates of Paradise as were Plate 1 and Plate 5. The individual has navigated the last four challenges: learning to relate to the feminine aspect of the divided man; mastering the the demands of the ego and superego; integrating the emotional states into a balanced psyche; and finding the internal resources to take the next step. There is a new source of light and energy for the winged boy who hatched from the egg on Plate 5. However his progress will be impeded if he cannot escape from the 'mind forged manacles' which keep the eyes of 'Aged Ignorance' from seeing.
The rational mind cannot be stilled; it wants control. It's field of action is the natural world in which the ego is the decision maker: the executive officer who decides what gets done. A struggle ensues between the old order and the new. If there is to be a new man he must pursue what has been revealed by his imagination, his emotions and his integrating body.
What does it matter if the wings of all earthly things are clipped if the 'Perceptive Organs' are able to keep sight of the spiritual things which are more real, true and valuable.
Milton, Plate 40 , (E 142) "There is a Negation, & there is a Contrary The Negation must be destroyd to redeem the Contraries The Negation is the Spectre; the Reasoning Power in Man This is a false Body: an Incrustation over my Immortal Spirit; a Selfhood, which must be put off & annihilated alway To cleanse the Face of my Spirit by Self-examination. Plate 41  To bathe in the Waters of Life; to wash off the Not Human I come in Self-annihilation & the grandeur of Inspiration To cast off Rational Demonstration by Faith in the Saviour To cast off the rotten rags of Memory by Inspiration To cast off Bacon, Locke & Newton from Albions covering To take off his filthy garments, & clothe him with Imagination To cast aside from Poetry, all that is not Inspiration That it no longer shall dare to mock with the aspersion of Madness Cast on the Inspired," Jerusalem, Plate 29 , (E 175) "Turning his back to the Divine Vision, his Spectrous Chaos before his face appeard: an Unformed Memory. Then spoke the Spectrous Chaos to Albion darkning cold From the back & loins where dwell the Spectrous Dead I am your Rational Power O Albion & that Human Form You call Divine, is but a Worm seventy inches long That creeps forth in a night & is dried in the morning sun In fortuitous concourse of memorys accumulated & lost It plows the Earth in its own conceit, it overwhelms the Hills Beneath its winding labyrinths, till a stone of the brook Stops it in midst of its pride among its hills & rivers[.] Battersea & Chelsea mourn, London & Canterbury tremble Their place shall not be found as the wind passes over[.] The ancient Cities of the Earth remove as a traveller And shall Albions Cities remain when I pass over them With my deluge of forgotten remembrances over the tablet So spoke the Spectre to Albion. he is the Great Selfhood Satan: Worshipd as God by the Mighty Ones of the Earth Having a white Dot calld a Center from which branches out A Circle in continual gyrations. this became a Heart From which sprang numerous branches varying their motions Producing many Heads three or seven or ten, & hands & feet Innumerable at will of the unfortunate contemplator Who becomes his food[:] such is the way of the Devouring Power And this is the cause of the appearance in the frowning Chaos[.]"Ephesians 4
 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.