Four Zoas Manuscript |
Four Zoas, Night VII, PAGE 87  (FIRST PORTION), (E 367) "For far & wide she stretchd thro all the worlds of Urizens journey And was Ajoind to Beulah as the Polypus to the Rock Mo[u]rning the daughters of Beulah saw nor could they have sustaind The horrid sight of death & torment But the Eternal Promise They wrote on all their tombs & pillars & on every Urn These words If ye will believe your B[r]other shall rise again In golden letters ornamented with sweet labours of Love Waiting with Patience for the fulfilment of the Promise Divine And all the Songs of Beulah sounded comfortable notes Not suffring doubt to rise up from the Clouds of the Shadowy Female Then myriads of the Dead burst thro the bottoms of their tombs Descending on the shadowy females clouds in Spectrous terror Beyond the Limit of Translucence on the Lake of Udan Adan These they namd Satans & in the Aggregate they namd them Satan"
Second part of text is on page 95 in David Erdman's The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake.
PAGE  (SECOND PORTION), (E 360) "But in the deeps beneath the Roots of Mystery in darkest night Where Urizen sat on his rock the Shadow brooded Urizen saw & triumphd & he cried to his warriors The time of Prophecy is now revolvd & all This Universal Ornament is mine & in my hands The ends of heaven like a Garment will I fold them round me Consuming what must be consumd then in power & majesty I will walk forth thro those wide fields of endless Eternity A God & not a Man a Conqueror in triumphant glory And all the Sons of Everlasting shall bow down at my feet First Trades & Commerce ships & armed vessels he builded laborious To swim the deep & on the Land children are sold to trades Of dire necessity still laboring day & night till all Their life extinct they took the spectre form in dark despair And slaves in myriads in ship loads burden the hoarse sounding deep Rattling with clanking chains the Universal Empire groans And he commanded his Sons found a Center in the Deep And Urizen laid the first Stone & all his myriads Builded a temple in the image of the human heart."
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Illustrations to Young's Night thoughts
But there is another level not visible in the picture but described in the text at the lower part of the page. In the deeps Urizen has created a world from his illusions in which he is not subject to any reality other than which he created in his own inflated fantasy of his power. In place of the human heart filled with love and compassion, he proposes to construct a temple, made with hands and in the shape of a heart. His structure for the worship of his own system of war and empire enlists 'myrids' to engage in the grand building project.
In Young's page of text that Blake illustrated for the published book, he highlighted the line: "Teaching, we learn; and, giving, we retain."
Second Corinthians 5
 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.