Friday, October 10, 2014

Polypus 2

This material comes from The Book of Milton

From Plate 35 (Erdman 134):
So spake Ololon in reminiscence astonishd, but they
Could not behold Golgonooza without passing the Polypus
A wondrous journey not passable by Immortal feet, & none
But the Divine Saviour can pass it without annihilation.
For Golgonooza cannot be seen till having passd the Polypus
It is viewed on all sides round by a Four-fold Vision
Or till you become Mortal & Vegetable in Sexuality
Then you behold its mighty Spires & Domes of ivory & gold

(In the first line Ololon spoke, but who were 'they'? Some
daughters of Beulah?) 'Passing the Polypus' could only
mean going through the miserable mess we've made of
out World; of course what Jesus did. And now we see
that Ololon, the emanation of Milton, does that.)

And Ololon examined all the Couches of the Dead.
Even of Los & Enitharmon & all the Sons of Albion
And his Four Zoas terrified & on the verge of Death
In midst of these was Miltons Couch, & when they saw Eight
Immortal Starry-Ones, guarding the Couch in flaming fires
They thunderous utterd all a universal groan falling down
Prostrate before the Starry Eight asking with tears forgiveness
Confessing their crime with humiliation and sorrow.

(The universal groan echoes Romans 8:22 
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth 
in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits 
of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for 
the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.)
Plate 36; Erdman 135-6:
the Lark is a mighty Angel.
(Damon 234: The Lark is a new idea coming as inspiration in the definition a messenger...)
For Ololon step'd into the Polypus within the Mundane Shell
They could not step into Vegetable Worlds without becoming
The enemies of Humanity except in a Female Form

And as One Female, Ololon and all its mighty Hosts
Appear'd: a Virgin of twelve years nor time nor space was
To the perception of the Virgin Ololon but as the
Flash of lightning but more quick the Virgin in my Garden
Before my Cottage stood, for the Satanic Space is delusion
(Blake sees this reality at home. and Los took him for the
trip of Milton' s , from Heaven to Redemption:)

For when Los joind with me he took me in his firy whirlwind
My Vegetated portion was hurried from Lambeths shades
He set me down in Felphams Vale & prepard a beautiful
Cottage for me that in three years I might write all these Visions
To display Natures cruel holiness: the deceits of Natural Religion.
(Blake 's revival of mental energy and perception is expressed with
the Bard's Song.)
Songs of Innocence and Experince
Object 54
Plate 37-38 (E137-8):
The Heavens are the Cherub, the Twelve Gods are Satan
And the Forty-eight Starry Regions are Cities of the Levites
The Heads of the Great Polypus, Four-fold twelve enormity
In mighty & mysterious comingling enemy with enemy
Woven by Urizen into Sexes from his mantle of years[.]
And Milton collecting all his fibres into impregnable strength
Descended down a Paved work of all kinds of precious stones
Out from the eastern sky; descending down into my Cottage
Garden: clothed in black, severe & silent he descended.

The Spectre of Satan stood upon the roaring sea & beheld
Milton within his sleeping Humanity! trembling & shuddring
He stood upon the waves a Twenty-seven-fold mighty Demon
Gorgeous & beautiful: loud roll his thunders against Milton
Loud Satan thunderd, loud & dark upon mild Felpham shore
Not daring to touch one fibre he howld round upon the Sea.

Here Milton faces Satan, just as Jesus had known centuries

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