British Museum Song of Los Plate 1, Copy A
Everlasting Gospel, (E 518) "Was Jesus Humble or did he Give any Proofs of Humility Boast of high Things with Humble tone And give with Charity a Stone When but a Child he ran away And left his Parents in Dismay When they had wanderd three days long These were the words upon his tongue No Earthly Parents I confess I am doing my Fathers business"Blake saw true humility as not considering oneself as more worthy of respect of honor than others. Likewise one should not give more respect or honor to another because he was singled out to serve his Brothers in a position of responsibility. Blake saw the example which Jesus set as, "Humble to God Haughty to Man." Blake meant that a man who is confident of God working through him would not, and should not appear submissive to men who had not sought to follow the God within them. The attitude of Jesus was not defiance, submission or cooperation but trust in the Higher Power.
Everlasting Gospel, (E 519) "Like dr Priestly & Bacon & Newton Poor Spiritual Knowledge is not worth a button For thus the Gospel Sr Isaac confutes God can only be known by his Attributes And as for the Indwelling of the Holy Ghost Or of Christ & his Father its all a boast And Pride & Vanity of Imagination That disdains to follow this Worlds Fashion To teach doubt & Experiment Certainly was not what Christ meant What was he doing all that time From twelve years old to manly prime Was he then Idle or the Less About his Fathers business Or was his wisdom held in scorn Before his wrath began to burn In Miracles throughout the Land That quite unnervd Lord Caiaphas hand If he had been Antichrist Creeping Jesus Hed have done any thing to please us Gone sneaking into Synagogues And not usd the Elders & Priests like dogs But Humble as a Lamb or Ass Obeyd himself to Caiaphas God wants not Man to Humble himself This is the trick of the ancient Elf This is the Race that Jesus ran Humble to God Haughty to Man Cursing the Rulers before the People Even to the temples highest Steeple And when he Humbled himself to God Then descended the Cruel Rod If thou humblest thyself thou humblest me Thou also dwellst in Eternity Thou art a Man God is no more Thy own humanity learn to adore For that is my Spirit of Life Awake arise to Spiritual Strife And thy Revenge abroad display In terrors at the Last Judgment day Gods Mercy & Long Suffering Is but the Sinner to Judgment to bring Thou on the Cross for them shalt pray And take Revenge at the Last Day Jesus replied & thunders hurld I never will Pray for the World Once [I] did so when I prayd ill the Garden I wishd to take with me a Bodily Pardon Can that which was of Woman born In the absence of the Morn When the Soul fell into Sleep And Archangels round it weep Shooting out against the Light Fibres of a deadly night Reasoning upon its own Dark Fiction In Doubt which is Self Contradiction Humility is only Doubt And does the Sun & Moon blot out Rooting over with thorns & stems The buried Soul & all its Gems This Lifes dim Windows of the Soul Distorts the Heavens from Pole to Pole And leads you to Believe a Lie When you see with not thro the Eye"
 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.
 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?
 Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.