Four Zoas Manuscript
Four Zoas, Night VIII, Page 103, (E 375) "The sorrower of Eternity in love with tears submiss I rear My Eyes to thy Pavilions hear my prayer for Luvahs sake I see the murderer of my Luvah clothd in robes of bloodt He who assured my Luvahs throne in times of Everlasting Where hast thou hid him whom I love in what remote Abyss Resides that God of my delight O might my eyes behold My Luvah then could I deliver all the sons of God From Bondage of these terrors & with influences sweet As once in those eternal fields in brotherhood & Love United we should live in bliss as those who sinned not The Eternal Man is seald by thee never to be deliverd We are all servants to thy will O King of Light relent Thy furious power be our father & our loved King But if my Luvah is no more If thou hast smitten him And laid him in the Sepulcher Or if thou wilt revenge His murder on another Silent I bow with dread But happiness can never [come] to thee O King nor me For he was source of every joy that this mysterious tree Unfolds in Allegoric fruit. When shall the dead revive Can that which has existed cease or can love & life Expire Urizen heard the Voice & saw the Shadow. underneath His woven darkness & in laws & deceitful religions Beginning at the tree of Mystery circling its root She spread herself thro all the branches in the power of Orc A shapeless & indefinite cloud in tears of sorrow incessant Steeping the Direful Web of Religion swagging heavy it fell From heaven to heavn thro all its meshes altering the Vortexes Misplacing every Center hungry desire & lust began Gathering the fruit of that Mysterious tree till Urizen Sitting within his temple furious felt the num[m]ing stupor Himself tangled in his own net in sorrow lust repentance Enitharmon wove in tears Singing Songs of Lamentations And pitying comfort as she sighd forth on the wind the spectres And wove them bodies calling them her belovd sons & daughters Employing the daughters in her looms & Los employd the Sons In Golgonoozas Furnaces among the Anvils of time & space Thus forming a Vast family wondrous in beauty & love And they appeard a Universal female form created From those who were dead in Ulro from the Spectres of the dead
PAGE 104 (FIRST PORTION) And Enitharmon namd the Female Jerusalem the holy Wondring she saw the Lamb of God within Jerusalems Veil The divine Vision seen within the inmost deep recess Of fair Jerusalems bosom in a gently beaming fire"
Illustrations to Young's Night Thoughts
The winged and veiled female records in her booklet the infractions which are among the fruits of the Tree of Mystery. The reclining figure, who seems to be inebriated, appears to represent the fallen level of Luvah who originally was the cup-bearer of the Eternal.
In contrast to the confused status of Luvah, Urizen, Vala and Orc, Blake writes of the joyous work in which Los and Enitharmon engage. The development here is that as an alternative to the Shadowy Female, there is formed a "Universal female form created From those who were dead in Ulro from the Spectres of the dead." The work of Los and Enitharmon has gone beyond giving life to the disembodied dead. In aggregate the enlivened souls bring forth Jerusalem as the Divine Vision, counterpart to Jesus.
The work performed by Los and Enitharmon is clarified in Blake's Four Zoas: The Design of a Dream by Brian Wilkie and Mary Lynn Johnson:
"Out of the unreal, deathly, antihuman, formlessness, Los and Enitharmon work continually to bring into full being whatever is potentially real, alive, and human: Los's transformation of war into love is one of the many points in Night VIII where opposites collide. Before evil, error, and death can be seen as non-entities to be cast off, all that is real under their dominion must be remade. What is left after that, since it is only delusion, will disappear in the mental fires of Night IX." (Page 175)