Saturday, October 11, 2014


British Museum Large Book of Designs excerpted from "Visions of the Daughters of Albion"
 THE PROPHETIC BOOKS OF WILLIAM BLAKE JERUSALEM EDITED BY E. R. D. MACLAGAN AND A. G. B. RUSSELL 1904 Introduction "Man is at once the stage and the protagonist in the drama with which Blake is concerned, the Fourfold Man, called sym- bolically by the name of Albion, " our ancestor, in whose sleep or Chaos creation began,"; and his state depends on the union and agreement of the four elements that are met in him. Beside the Humanity, or central personality of the individual, stand the Spectre, the reasoning power, and the Emanation (a word sometimes abridged into Eon,) the emotional and imaginative life, with the Shadow, which seems to be desire, restrained and become passive, " till it is only the shadow of desire." When these are united, and especially when the Spectre and the Emanation, contraries in whose inter- action all other contraries are involved, are balanced and at peace, Man is in the state of salvation, which Boehme called temperature ; when Spectre and Emanation have parted, Man is in a fallen state, and can only be redeemed by their reconciliation. This fall into divison, and resurrection into unity, is the main subject of "Jeru- salem " and indeed of most of the Prophetical books ; for the part- ix ing of Reason and Imagination is the great tragedy, through which the Spectre becomes cold and the Emanation weak, the Shadow turns cruel, and the Humanity is overcome by deadly sleep (15, 6). A sleep, too, full of dreams, in which Man wavers between evil and good, drawn alternately by the male Spectre and the female Emanation, and so called by Blake hermaphroditic: a sleep from which only Christ, the Divine Imagination, can save the fallen Man, by reuniting him with Jerusalem, his Emanation, and saving him from the dominion of his Spectre, the great selfhood, called Satan." 
Four Zoas, Night I, Page 11, (E 825)
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"Refusing to behold the Divine image which all behold
          And live thereby. he is sunk down into a deadly sleep
          But we immortal in our own strength survive by stern debate
          Till we have drawn the Lamb of God into a mortal form
          And that he must be born is certain for One must be All

          And comprehend within himself all things both small & great
          We therefore for whose sake all things aspire to be & live
          Will so recieve the Divine Image that amongst the Reprobate
          He may be devoted to Destruction from his mothers womb" 

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