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Four Zoas, Night I, PAGE 22 , (E 311) "Luvah replied Dictate to thy Equals. am not I The Prince of all the hosts of Men nor Equal know in Heaven If I arise into the Zenith leaving thee to watch The Emanation & her Sons the Satan & the Anak Sihon and Og. wilt thou not rebel to my laws remain In darkness building thy strong throne & in my ancient night Daring my power wilt arm my sons against me in the Atlantic My deep My night which thou assuming hast assumed my Crown I will remain as well as thou & here with hands of blood Smite this dark sleeper in his tent then try my strength with thee While thus he spoke his fires reddend oer the holy tent Urizen cast deep darkness round him silent brooding death Eternal death to Luvah. raging Luvah pourd The Lances of Urizen from chariots. round the holy tent Discord began & yells & cries shook the wide firmament Beside his anvil stood Urthona dark. a mass of iron Glowd furious on the anvil prepard for spades & coulters All His sons fled from his side to join the conflict pale he heard The Eternal voice he stood the sweat chilld on his mighty limbs He dropd his hammer. dividing from his aking bosom fled A portion of his life shrieking upon the wind she fled And Tharmas took her in pitying Then Enion in jealous fear Murderd her & hid her in her bosom embalming her for fear She should arise again to life Embalmd in Enions bosom Enitharmon remains a corse such thing was never known In Eden that one died a death never to be revivd Urthona stood in terror but not long his spectre fled To Enion & his body fell. Tharmas beheld him fall Endlong a raging serpent rolling round the holy tent The sons of war astonishd at the Glittring monster drove Him far into the world of Tharmas into a cavernd rock But Urizen with darkness overspreading all the armies Sent round his heralds secretly commanding to depart Into the north Sudden with thunders sound his multitudes Retreat from the fierce conflict all the sons of Urizen at once Mustring together in thick clouds leaving the rage of Luvah To pour its fury on himself & on the Eternal Man Sudden down fell they all together into an unknown Space Deep horrible without End. Separated from Beulah far beneath The Mans exteriors are become indefinite opend to pain In a fierce hungring void & none can visit his regions"This passage reads like a precis of the fall as it occurs throughout Blake's poetry. All four of the Zoas and two of their Emanations are mentioned in this narrative. Luvah refuses to submit to the plan of Urizen and proposes to attack Albion on his own. As Luvah and Urizen enter their rage against each other, Urthona's sons abandon their father to enter the conflagration. Urthona is being dismembered as another portion of his life - Enitharmon - flees to be taken in by Tharmas.
Blake would have seen the fracturing of Urthona as the most tragic of the symptoms of the fall which he observed. Urthona's function as an Eternal Zoa was to hold the vision without which there could be no cohesion among the parts which contributed to the Eternal Man. Urthona had been the light of consciouness of the unified working of the Undivided Eternal dimension. When he lost his sons and his daughter, the outer evidence which supported his inner confidence failed. Urthona lost too his Spectre, and he entered a serpent form forced into the underground. Urthona had occupied the Zenith of man's functioning. Now that position was occupied by Urizen, and Urthona was forced to the Nadir. Henceforth his influence would occupy the subconscious which would seldom be consulted by the reason or the emotions.
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