Build we a Bower for heavens darling in the grizly deep
Build we the Mundane Shell around the Rock of Albion
The 'Bower' is the private heaven we try to build for
youselves in this sorry world ('grizly deep').
This from Blake's God 2:
The rationalists of Blake's day with their radical materialism had closed themselves off from the eternal. They had imprisoned themselves in what he called the mundane shell (Milton plate 17 line 16ff). They were exclusively this worldly. Blake perceived that they worshipped the God of this World, no matter what they called him. They had most often called him Jehovah or Jesus. As a young man Blake renamed him Urizen . He spent half a lifetime studying this God of the timebound so he could cast him off and replace him with a more authentic image. Eventually he came to realize that this god's truest name is Satan. He also referred to him as the Selfhood (Jerusalem 5:21-23) and the Spectre.
From Milton, Plate 19 (Erdman 112)
|Four Universes round the Mundane Egg remain Chaotic|
|One to the North, named Urthona: One to the South, named Urizen:|
|One to the East, named Luvah: One to the West, named Tharmas|
|They are the Four Zoa's that stood around the Throne Divine!|
|Milton Plate 36|
Jerusalem, Plate 59, (E208)
"For the Veil of Vala which Albion cast into the Atlantic Deep
To catch the Souls of the Dead: began to Vegetate & Petrify
Around the Earth of Albion. among the Roots of his Tree
This Los formed into the Gates & mighty Wall, between the Oak
Of Weeping & the Palm of Suffering beneath Albions Tomb,
Thus in process of time it became the beautiful Mundane Shell,
The Habitation of the Spectres of the Dead & the Place
Of Redemption & of awaking again into Eternity"