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Four Zoas, Night IX, Page 126, (E 395) "Luvah & Vala descended & enterd the Gates of Dark Urthona And walkd from the hands of Urizen in the shadows of Valas Garden Where the impressions of Despair & Hope for ever vegetate In flowers in fruits in fishes birds & beasts & clouds & waters The land of doubts & shadows sweet delusions unformd hopes They saw no more the terrible confusion of the wracking universe They heard not saw not felt not all the terrible confusion For in their orbed senses within closd up they wanderd at will And those upon the Couches viewd them in the dreams of Beulah As they reposd from the terrible wide universal harvest Invisible Luvah in bright clouds hoverd over Valas head And thus their ancient golden age renewd for Luvah spoke With voice mild from his golden Cloud upon the breath of morning Come forth O Vala from the grass & from the silent Dew Rise from the dews of death for the Eternal Man is Risen She rises among flowers & looks toward the Eastern clearness She walks yea runs her feet are wingd on the tops of the bending grass Her garments rejoice in the vocal wind & her hair glistens with dew She answerd thus Whose voice is this in voice of the nourishing air In the spirit of the morning awaking the Soul from its grassy bed PAGE 127 Where dost thou dwell for it is thee I seek & but for thee I must have slept Eternally nor have felt the dew of thy morning Look how the opening dawn advances with vocal harmony Look how the beams foreshew the rising of some glorious power The sun is thine he goeth forth in his majestic brightness O thou creating voice that callest & who shall answer thee Where dost thou flee O fair one where dost thou seek thy happy place To yonder brightness there I haste for sure I came from thence Or I must have slept eternally nor have felt the dew of morning Eternally thou must have slept nor have felt the morning dew But for yon nourishing sun tis that by which thou art arisen The birds adore the sun the beasts rise up & play in his beams And every flower & every leaf rejoices in his light Then O thou fair one sit thee down for thou art as the grass Thou risest in the dew of morning & at night art folded up Alas am I but as a flower then will I sit me down Then will I weep then Ill complain & sigh for immortality And chide my maker thee O Sun that raisedst me to fall So saying she sat down & wept beneath the apple trees O be thou blotted out thou Sun that raisedst me to trouble That gavest me a heart to crave & raisedst me thy phantom To feel thy heat & see thy light & wander here alone Hopeless if I am like the grass & so shall pass away Rise sluggish Soul why sitst thou here why dost thou sit & weep Yon Sun shall wax old & decay but thou shalt ever flourish The fruit shall ripen & fall down & the flowers consume away But thou shalt still survive arise O dry thy dewy tears Hah! Shall I still survive whence came that sweet & comforting voice And whence that voice of sorrow O sun thou art nothing now to me Go on thy course rejoicing & let us both rejoice together I walk among his flocks & hear the bleating of his lambs O that I could behold his face & follow his pure feet I walk by the footsteps of his flocks come hither tender flocks Can you converse with a pure Soul that seeketh for her maker You answer not then am I set your mistress in this garden Ill watch you & attend your footsteps you are not like the birds PAGE 128 That Sing & fly in the bright air but you do lick my feet And let me touch your wooly backs follow me as I sing For in my bosom a new song arises to my Lord"
Illustrations to Young's Night Thoughts
Vala's healing is crucial since her dislocation precipitated the loss of Albion's integrity. Vala must be recovered by the totality, however the distortions which she accumulated must be discarded before her Eternal lineaments appear. On plate 127 we read of the interplay between the worldly Vala and her Eternal reality. Her dependence on the external sun is overcome as she finds light within.
As Luvah & Vala descend into Urthona's world they leave behind the confusion as it is projected outwardly. It is Luvah whose presence is in a cloud surrounding Vala's head, who calls Vala forth. She recognizes him as a voice. She is unsure if she is dependent on the natural world with no permanence. She wants to be reassured that she will not pass away. When she seeks to see the face and follow the footsteps of the 'voice' that speaks to her, she feels a song arise within her. A comforting presence accompanies her as watches and attends the flock.
First Peter 1
 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.