Four Zoas Manuscript
Confusion about the order of Blake's manuscript pages for the Four Zoas is obvious in this section. This is the second title page of Night VII which we have seen. The title Vala would seem to indicate that Blake wrote this before he changed the title of his epic. Blake added the instruction as to where the Night should begin, and that this material should come in at the end. Scholars have worked this out as best they can. Some believe that Blake was saying something about the processes of finding one's way out of the labyrinth.
Four Zoas, Night VII, Page 91, (E 363) "Vala Night the Seventh This Night began at line 153 the following comes in at the end Thus in the Caverns of the Grave & Places of human seed The nameless shadowy Vortex stood before the face of Orc The Shadow reard her dismal head over the flaming youth With sighs & howling & deep sobs that he might lose his rage And with it lose himself in meekness she embracd his fire As when the Earthquake rouzes from his den his shoulders huge Appear above the crumb[l]ing Mountain. Silence waits around him A moment then astounding horror belches from the Center The fiery dogs arise the shoulders huge appear So Orc rolld round his clouds upon the deeps of dark Urthona Knowing the arts of Urizen were Pity & Meek affection And that by these arts the Serpent form exuded from his limbs Silent as despairing love & strong as Jealousy Jealous that she was Vala now become Urizens harlot And the Harlot of Los & the deluded harlot of the Kings of Earth His soul was gnawn in sunder The hairy shoulders rend the links free are the wrists of fire Red rage redounds he rouzd his lions from his forests black They howl around the flaming youth rending the nameless shadow And running their immortal course thro solid darkness borne Loud sounds the war song round red Orc in his [?triumphant] fury And round the nameless shadowy Female in her howling terror When all the Elemental Gods joind in the wondrous Song Sound the War trumpet terrific Souls clad in attractive steel Sound the shrill fife serpents of war. I hear the northern drum Awake, I hear the flappings of the folding banners The dragons of the North put on their armour Upon the Eastern sea direct they take their course The glittring of their horses trapping stains the vault of night Stop we the rising of the glorious King. spur spur your clouds"
Illustrations to Young's Night Thoughts
The text follows a different line of thought. Orc, symbolizing aggressive male sexual energy, mated with the shadowy Vortex representing the promiscuous whore which Vala became. The union released forces which were destined to run their courses as the poem continued. Blake intimated that the darker side of the other Zoas would become involved:
"The dragons of the North put on their armour
Upon the Eastern sea direct they take their course
The glittring of their horses trapping stains the vault of night"