SUCH VISIONS HAVE APPEARD TO ME AS I MY ORDERD RACE HAVE RUN JERUSALEM IS NAMED LIBERTY AMONG THE SONS OF ALBION
The predicament of man facing the troubles of his outer world was not the only difficulty. The clash with the law and its implications revealed to Blake painful fractures in his own psyche which he realized would plague him continually if he could not arrive at a spiritual solution.
The accusers and judges whom Blake encountered at his trial became for a time more real to him than the world of spirit and imagination which was his milieu. They were able to divide his psyche so that he could not distinguish his projections from his identity which was his true self.
If he could not gain release from being captive to his own faulty reasoning by gentle means, he would try to enlist their energies to use against them. By this means he only succeeded in resorting to using the weapons of war to oppose what was essentially a mental not a physical fight.
Condensed from Plates 7,8 and 9 of Jerusalem:
"Scofiel, Kox, Kotope, & Bowen To separate a Law of Sin Los answer'd I know that Albion hath divided me Thou art my Pride & Self-righteousness: I have found thee out: Thou art reveald before me but now I am living strike thou alternate with me: labour obedient Hand & Hyle & Koban: Skofeld, Kox & Kotope, labour mightily In the Wars of Babel & Shinar,"
Jerusalem, Plate 7, (E 150) "Vala comes from the Furnace in a cloud, but wretched Luvah Is howling in the Furnaces, in flames among Albions Spectres, To prepare the Spectre of Albion to reign over thee O Los, Forming the Spectres of Albion according to his rage: To prepare the Spectre sons of Adam, who is Scofield: the Ninth Of Albions sons, & the father of all his brethren in the Shadowy Generation. Cambel & Gwendolen wove webs of war & of Religion, to involve all Albions sons, and when they had Involv'd Eight; their webs roll'd outwards into darkness And Scofield the Ninth remaind on the outside of the Eight And Kox, Kotope, & Bowen, One in him, a Fourfold Wonder Involv'd the Eight--Such are the Generations of the Giant Albion, To separate a Law of Sin, to punish thee in thy members. Los answer'd. Altho' I know not this! I know far worse than this: I know that Albion hath divided me, and that thou O my Spectre, Hast just cause to be irritated: but look stedfastly upon me: Comfort thyself in my strength the time will arrive, When all Albions injuries shall cease, and when we shall Embrace him tenfold bright, rising from his tomb in immortality. They have divided themselves by Wrath. they must be united by Pity
Jerusalem, Plate 8, (E 151) "Thou art my Pride & Self-righteousness: I have found thee out: Thou art reveald before me in all thy magnitude & power Thy Uncircumcised pretences to Chastity must be cut in sunder! Thy holy wrath & deep deceit cannot avail against me Nor shalt thou ever assume the triple-form of Albions Spectre For I am one of the living: dare not to mock my inspired fury If thou wast cast forth from my life! if I was dead upon the mountains Thou mightest be pitied & lovd: but now I am living; unless Thou abstain ravening I will create an eternal Hell for thee. Take thou this Hammer & in patience heave the thundering Bellows Take thou these Tongs: strike thou alternate with me: labour obedient Hand & Hyle & Koban: Skofeld, Kox & Kotope, labour mightily In the Wars of Babel & Shinar, all their Emanations were Condensd. Hand has absorbd all his Brethren in his might All the infant Loves & Graces were lost, for the mighty Hand Plate 9 Condens'd his Emanations into hard opake substances; And his infant thoughts & desires, into cold, dark, cliffs of death. His hammer of gold he siezd; and his anvil of adamant. He siez'd the bars of condens'd thoughts, to forge them: Into the sword of war: into the bow and arrow: Into the thundering cannon and into the murdering gun I saw the limbs form'd for exercise, contemn'd: & the beauty of Eternity, look'd upon as deformity & loveliness as a dry tree: I saw disease forming a Body of Death around the Lamb Of God, to destroy Jerusalem, & to devour the body of Albion By war and stratagem to win the labour of the husbandman:
The infection represented by the processes of becoming involved in the system of anger, fear, retribution and condemnation is not easily limited. It spreads to those who observe it, and as they attempt to flee from its consequences, they take it with them.
Jerusalem, Plate 32 , (E 178) "The Seven Nations fled before him they became what they beheld Hand, Hyle & Coban fled: they became what they beheld Gwantock & Peachy hid in Damascus beneath Mount Lebanon Brereton & Slade in Egypt. Hutton & Skofeld & Kox Fled over Chaldea in terror in pains in every nerve Kotope & Bowen became what they beheld, fleeing over the Earth And the Twelve Female Emanations fled with them agonizing. Jerusalem, Plate 46 , (E 195) "Los was all astonishment & terror: he trembled sitting on the Stone Of London: but the interiors of Albions fibres & nerves were hidden From Los; astonishd be beheld only the petrified surfaces: And saw his Furnaces in ruins, for Los is the Demon of the Furnaces; He saw also the Four Points of Albion reversd inwards He siezd his Hammer & Tongs, his iron Poker & his Bellows, Upon the valleys of Middlesex, Shouting loud for aid Divine. In stern defiance came from Albions bosom Hand, Hyle, Koban, Gwantok, Peachy, Brertun, Slaid, Huttn, Skofeld, Kock, Kotope Bowen: Albions Sons: they bore him a golden couch into the porch And on the Couch reposd his limbs, trembling from the bloody field. Rearing their Druid Patriarchal rocky Temples around his limbs."
This passage seems to consider the difficulty of attempting to correct the inner reaction to solving the problem of anger and judgement. However, without simultaneously giving love and not hate to the poor souls whom one find unacceptable, the task is impossible.
Jerusalem, Plate 67, (E 220) "Hiding Albions Sons within the Veil, closing Jerusalems Sons without; to feed with their Souls the Spectres of Albion Ashamed to give Love openly to the piteous & merciful Man Counting him an imbecile mockery: but the Warrior They adore: & his revenge cherish with the blood of the Innocent They drink up Dan & Gad, to feed with milk Skofeld & Kotope They strip off Josephs Coat & dip it in the blood of battle"
When one's perspective is changed and one views Albion's land from above, it is seen as a shadow, and the sons of Albion have no substance. External appearances are illusions but seem real when you enter into the shadowy image they present. Looking within yourself you find your own heaven and earth through your visionary imagination.
If one is unable to distinguish between the spiritual realities and their corporeal shadows, one is in the grip of th false reasoning power or Satan.
Milton, Plate 14 , (E 108) "I in my Selfhood am that Satan: I am that Evil One! He is my Spectre! in my obedience to loose him from my Hells To claim the Hells, my Furnaces, I go to Eternal Death." Jerusalem, Plate 71, (E 224) "And above Albions Land was seen the Heavenly Canaan As the Substance is to the Shadow: and above Albions Twelve Sons Were seen Jerusalems Sons: and all the Twelve Tribes spreading Over Albion. As the Soul is to the Body, so Jerusalems Sons, Are to the Sons of Albion: and Jerusalem is Albions Emanation What is Above is Within, for every-thing in Eternity is translucent: The Circumference is Within: Without, is formed the Selfish Center And the Circumference still expands going forward to Eternity. And the Center has Eternal States! these States we now explore. And these the Names of Albions Twelve Sons, & of his Twelve Daughters With their Districts. Hand dwelt in Selsey & had Sussex & Surrey And Kent & Middlesex: all their Rivers & their Hills, of flocks & herds: Their Villages Towns Cities Sea-Ports Temples sublime Cathedrals; All were his Friends & their Sons & Daughters intermarry in Beulah For all are Men in Eternity. Rivers Mountains Cities Villages, All are Human & when you enter into their Bosoms you walk In Heavens & Earths; as in your own Bosom you bear your Heaven And Earth, & all you behold, tho it appears Without it is Within In your Imagination of which this World of Mortality is but a Shadow." Jerusalem, Plate 90, (E 250) "And his Maternal Humanity must be put off Eternally Lest the Sexual Generation swallow up Regeneration Come Lord Jesus take on thee the Satanic Body of Holiness So Los cried in the Valleys of Middlesex in the Spirit of Prophecy While in Selfhood Hand & Hyle & Bowen & Skofeld appropriate The Divine Names: seeking to Vegetate the Divine Vision In a corporeal & ever dying Vegetation & Corruption Mingling with Luvah in One. they become One Great Satan"