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Copy C, Plate 34
The mental world is represented by the worlds of Tharmas, Urthona, Luvah and Urizen, who overlap the mundane egg. The earth is entirely within the world of Urthona and is impinged upon by the worlds of Tharmas and Luvah. The world of Urizen is within the mundane egg but outside of the earth. Within the mental world of Urizen it is the state of Satan. The void is outside of existence surrounding the mental worlds.
Jerusalem, Plate 1, (E 144) "There is a Void, outside of Existence, which if enterd into Englobes itself & becomes a Womb, such was Albions Couch A pleasant Shadow of Repose calld Albions lovely Land His Sublime & Pathos become Two Rocks fixd in the Earth His Reason his Spectrous Power, covers them above Jerusalem his Emanation is a Stone laying beneath O [Albion behold Pitying] behold the Vision of Albion"
Milton, Plate 17 , (E 110) "But Miltons Human Shadow continu'd journeying above The rocky masses of The Mundane Shell; in the Lands Of Edom & Aram & Moab & Midian & Amalek. The Mundane Shell, is a vast Concave Earth: an immense Hardend shadow of all things upon our Vegetated Earth Enlarg'd into dimension & deform'd into indefinite space, In Twenty-seven Heavens and all their Hells; with Chaos And Ancient Night; & Purgatory. It is a cavernous Earth Of labyrinthine intricacy, twenty-seven folds of opakeness And finishes where the lark mounts; here Milton journeyed In that Region calld Midian among the Rocks of Horeb For travellers from Eternity. pass outward to Satans seat, But travellers to Eternity. pass inward to Golgonooza."
Milton, Plate 19 , (E 112) "Four Universes round the Mundane Egg remain Chaotic One to the North, named Urthona: One to the South, named Urizen: One to the East, named Luvah: One to the West, named Tharmas They are the Four Zoa's that stood around the Throne Divine! But when Luvah assum'd the World of Urizen to the South: And Albion was slain upon his mountains, & in his tent; All fell towards the Center in dire ruin, sinking down. And in the South remains a burning fire; in the East a void. In the West, a world of raging waters; in the North a solid, Unfathomable! without end. But in the midst of these, Is built eternally the Universe of Los and Enitharmon: Towards which Milton went, but Urizen oppos'd his path."
Milton, Plate 34 , (E 134) "Here in these Chaoses the Sons of Ololon took their abode In Chasms of the Mundane Shell which open on all sides round Southward & by the East within the Breach of Miltons descent To watch the time, pitying & gentle to awaken Urizen They stood in a dark land of death of fiery corroding waters Where lie in evil death the Four Immortals pale and cold And the Eternal Man even Albion upon the Rock of Ages[.] Seeing Miltons Shadow, some Daughters of Beulah trembling Returnd, but Ololon remaind before the Gates of the Dead And Ololon looked down into the Heavens of Ulro in fear They said. How are the Wars of Man which in Great Eternity Appear around, in the External Spheres of Visionary Life Here renderd Deadly within the Life & Interior Vision How are the Beasts & Birds & Fishes, & Plants & Minerals Here fixd into a frozen bulk subject to decay & death[?] Those Visions of Human Life & Shadows of Wisdom & Knowledge"
Jerusalem, Plate 42, (E 190) "And Los drew his Seven Furnaces around Albions Altars And as Albion built his frozen Altars, Los built the Mundane Shell, In the Four Regions of Humanity East & West & North & South, Till Norwood & Finchley & Blackheath & Hounslow, coverd the whole Earth. This is the Net & Veil of Vala, among the Souls of the Dead."
Jerusalem, Plate 76, (E 231) "But Jesus breaking thro' the Central Zones of Death & Hell Opens Eternity in Time & Space; triumphant in Mercy Thus are the Heavens formd by Los within the Mundane Shell And where Luther ends Adam begins again in Eternal Circle To awake the Prisoners of Death; to bring Albion again With Luvah into light eternal, in his eternal day."
Four Zoas, Night Page II, Page 24, (E 314) "Mighty was the draught of Voidness to draw Existence in Terrific Urizen strode above, in fear & pale dismay He saw the indefinite space beneath & his soul shrunk with horror His feet upon the verge of Non Existence; his voice went forth Luvah & Vala trembling & shrinking, beheld the great Work master And heard his Word! Divide ye bands influence by influence Build we a Bower for heavens darling in the grizly deep Build we the Mundane Shell around the Rock of Albion The Bands of Heaven flew thro the air singing & shouting to Urizen Some fix'd the anvil, some the loom erected, some the plow And harrow formd & framd the harness of silver & ivory The golden compasses, the quadrant & the rule & balance They erected the furnaces, they formd the anvils of gold beaten in mills Where winter beats incessant, fixing them firm on their base The bellows began to blow & the Lions of Urizen stood round the anvil"Four Zoas, Night II, Page 32, (E 321)
"And the Divine Vision appeard in Luvahs robes of blood
Thus was the Mundane shell builded by Urizens strong power"