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PLATE 33  And the Divine Voice was heard in the Songs of Beulah Saying When I first Married you, I gave you all my whole Soul I thought that you would love my loves & joy in my delights Seeking for pleasures in my pleasures O Daughter of Babylon Then thou wast lovely, mild & gentle. now thou art terrible In jealousy & unlovely in my sight, because thou hast cruelly Cut off my loves in fury till I have no love left for thee Thy love depends on him thou lovest & on his dear loves Depend thy pleasures which thou hast cut off by jealousy Therefore I shew my jealousy & set before you Death. Behold Milton descended to Redeem the Female Shade From Death Eternal; such your lot, to be continually Redeem'd By death & misery of those you love & by Annihilation When the Sixfold Female percieves that Milton annihilates Himself: that seeing all his loves by her cut off: he leaves Her also: intirely abstracting himself from Female loves She shall relent in fear of death: She shall begin to give Her maidens to her husband: delighting in his delight And then & then alone begins the happy Female joy As it is done in Beulah, & thou O Virgin Babylon Mother of Whoredoms Shalt bring Jerusalem in thine arms in the night watches; and No longer turning her a wandering Harlot in the streets Shalt give her into the arms of God your Lord & Husband. Such are the Songs of Beulah in the Lamentations of Ololon
|Rosenwald L of C|
Annihilation is a term Blake used repeatedly; we must continually annihilate the Selfhood:
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.
Re the Mundane Shell look at Milton Book the First:
Beneath the Plow of Rintrah & the harrow of the Almighty In the hands of Palamabron. Where the Starry Mills of Satan Are built beneath the Earth & Waters of the Mundane Shell Here the Three Classes of Men take their Sexual texture Woven The Sexual is Threefold: the Human is Fourfold (Erdman 97)
Or look at Milton's Track.