Poem – The Book Of Urizen

William  Blake  28 Nov 1757 – 12 Aug 1827  London

William Blake
28 Nov 1757 – 12 Aug 1827 London

Chapter Vi

  1. But Los saw the Female & pitied
    He embrac’d her, she wept, she refus’d
    In perverse and cruel delight
    She fled from his arms, yet he followd

  2. Eternity shudder’d when they saw,
    Man begetting his likeness,
    On his own divided image.

  3. A time passed over, the Eternals
    Began to erect the tent;
    When Enitharmon sick,
    Felt a Worm within her womb.

  4. Yet helpless it lay like a Worm
    In the trembling womb
    To be moulded into existence

  5. All day the worm lay on her bosom
    All night within her womb
    The worm lay till it grew to a serpent
    With dolorous hissings & poisons
    Round Enitharmons loins folding,

  6. Coild within Enitharmons womb
    The serpent grew casting its scales,
    With sharp pangs the hissings began
    To change to a grating cry,
    Many sorrows and dismal throes,
    Many forms of fish, bird & beast,
    Brought forth an Infant form
    Where was a worm before.

  7. The Eternals their tent finished
    Alarm’d with these gloomy visions
    When Enitharmon groaning
    Produc’d a man Child to the light.

  8. A shriek ran thro’ Eternity:
    And a paralytic stroke;
    At the birth of the Human shadow.

  9. Delving earth in his resistless way;
    Howling, the Child with fierce flames
    Issu’d from Enitharmon.

  10. The Eternals, closed the tent
    They beat down the stakes the cords
    Stretch’d for a work of eternity;
    No more Los beheld Eternity.

  11. In his hands he seiz’d the infant
    He bathed him in springs of sorrow
    He gave him to Enitharmon.

Poem – The Book Of Urizen

William Blake 28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827  London

William Blake
28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 London

Chapter Viii

  1. Urizen explor’d his dens
    Mountain, moor, & wilderness,
    With a globe of fire lighting his journey
    A fearful journey, annoy’d
    By cruel enormities: forms
    Of life on his forsaken mountains

  2. And his world teemd vast enormities
    Frightning; faithless; fawning
    Portions of life; similitudes
    Of a foot, or a hand, or a head
    Or a heart, or an eye, they swam mischevous
    Dread terrors! delighting in blood

  3. Most Urizen sicken’d to see
    His eternal creations appear
    Sons & daughters of sorrow on mountains
    Weeping! wailing! first Thiriel appear’d
    Astonish’d at his own existence
    Like a man from a cloud born, & Utha
    From the waters emerging, laments!
    Grodna rent the deep earth howling
    Amaz’d! his heavens immense cracks
    Like the ground parch’d with heat; then Fuzon
    Flam’d out! first begotten, last born.
    All his eternal sons in like manner
    His daughters from green herbs & cattle
    From monsters, & worms of the pit.

  4. He in darkness clos’d, view’d all his race,
    And his soul sicken’d! he curs’d
    Both sons & daughters; for he saw
    That no flesh nor spirit could keep
    His iron laws one moment.

  5. For he saw that life liv’d upon death
    The Ox in the slaughter house moans
    The Dog at the wintry door
    And he wept, & he called it Pity
    And his tears flowed down on the winds

  6. Cold he wander’d on high, over their cities
    In weeping & pain & woe!
    And where-ever he wanderd in sorrows
    Upon the aged heavens
    A cold shadow follow’d behind him
    Like a spiders web, moist, cold, & dim
    Drawing out from his sorrowing soul
    The dungeon-like heaven dividing.
    Where ever the footsteps of Urizen
    Walk’d over the cities in sorrow.

  7. Till a Web dark & cold, throughout all
    The tormented element stretch’d
    From the sorrows of Urizens soul
    And the Web is a Female in embrio
    None could break the Web, no wings of fire.

  8. So twisted the cords, & so knotted
    The meshes: twisted like to the human brain

  9. And all calld it, The Net of Religion