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Los, 'who is the Vehicular Form of strong Urthona', the source of intuition, imagination and integration, refused to concede. His first reaction was to oppose Urizen using the same fury which Urizen used. However, when in his anger he struck Enitharmon, he began a cascade of degradation which was not easy to reverse.
Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Plate 26, (E 44)
Song of Liberty
"15. Down rushd beating his wings in vain the jealous king: his
grey brow'd councellors, thunderous warriors, curl'd veterans,
among helms, and shields, and chariots horses, elephants:
banners, castles, slings and rocks,
16. Falling, rushing, ruining! buried in the ruins, on Urthona's
17. All night beneath the ruins, then their sullen flames faded
emerge round the gloomy king,
18. With thunder and fire: leading his starry hosts thro' the waste wilderness [PL 27] he promulgates his ten commands, glancing his beamy eyelids over the deep in dark dismay,"
waste wilderness [PL 27] he promulgates his ten commands,
glancing his beamy eyelids over the deep in dark dismay,"
America, Plate 8, (E 54)
"The terror answerd: I am Orc, wreath'd round the accursed tree:
The times are ended; shadows pass the morning gins to break;
The fiery joy, that Urizen perverted to ten commands,
What night he led the starry hosts thro' the wide wilderness:
That stony law I stamp to dust: and scatter religion abroad
To the four winds as a torn book, & none shall gather the leaves;"
Four Zoas, Night I, Page 12, (E 307) "Sullen sat Los plotting Revenge. Silent he eye'd the Prince Of Light. Silent the prince of Light viewd Los. at length a brooded Smile broke from Urizen for Enitharmon brightend more & more Sullen he lowerd on Enitharmon but he smild on Los Saying Thou art the Lord of Luvah into thine hands I give The prince of Love the murderer his soul is in thine hands Pity not Vala for she pitied not the Eternal Man Nor pity thou the cries of Luvah. Lo these starry hosts They are thy servants if thou wilt obey my awful Law Los answerd furious art thou one of those who when most complacent Mean mischief most. If you are such Lo! I am also such One must be master. try thy Arts I also will try mine For I percieve Thou hast Abundance which I claim as mine Urizen startled stood but not Long soon he cried Obey my voice young Demon I am God from Eternity to Eternity Thus Urizen spoke collected in himself in awful pride Art thou a visionary of Jesus the soft delusion of Eternity Lo I am God the terrible destroyer & not the Saviour Why should the Divine Vision compell the sons of Eden to forego each his own delight to war against his Spectre The Spectre is the Man the rest is only delusion & fancy So spoke the Prince of Light & sat beside the Seat of Los Upon the sandy shore rested his chariot of fire Ten thousand thousand were his hosts of spirits on the wind: Ten thousand thousand glittering Chariots shining in the sky: They pour upon the golden shore beside the silent ocean. Rejoicing in the Victory & the heavens were filld with blood The Earth spread forth her table wide. the Night a silver cup Fill'd with the wine of anguish waited at the golden feast But the bright Sun was not as yet; he filling all the expanse Slept as a bird in the blue shell that soon shall burst away Los saw the wound of his blow he saw he pitied he wept Los now repented that he had smitten Enitharmon he felt love Arise in all his Veins he threw his arms around her loins To heal the wound of his smiting They eat the fleshly bread, they drank the nervous wine"