William Blake
(1757-1827)
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
And did those feet in ancient times
The book of Thel
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Jerusalem (30 plates)
 
The book of Urizen
The book of Ahania * The book of Los
 
 
 
 
 
THE BOOK OF LOS
(1795)
British Museum, London, Copy A.
 
 
 
 plate 1
plate 2
Plate 1 
  
  
THE
 
BOOK  of
 
LOS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 LAMBETH
Printed by W. Blake     1795
 
Plate 3 
  
LOS 
  
Chap.  I 
  
1: Eno aged Mother,  
Who the chariot of Leutha guides,  
Since the day of thunders in old time 
  
2: Sitting beneath the eternal Oak 
Trembled and shook the stedfast Earth 
And thus her speech broke forth. 
  
3: O Times remote! 
When Love & Joy were adoration:  
And none impure were deem'd. 
Not Eyeless Covet 
Nor Thin-lip'd Envy 
Nor Bristled Wrath 
Nor Curled Wantonness 
  
4: But Covet was poured full:  
Envy fed with fat of lambs:  
Wrath with lions gore:  
Wantonness lulld to sleep 
With the virgins lute, 
Or sated with her love. 
  
5: Till Covet broke his locks & bars, 
And slept with open doors:  
Envy sung at the rich mans feast:  
Wrath was follow'd up and down 
  
By a little ewe lamb 
And Wantonness on his own true love 
Begot a giant race:  
  
6: Raging furious the flames of desire 
Ran thro' heaven & earth, living flames 
Intelligent, organiz'd: arm'd 
With destruction & plagues. In the midst 
The Eternal Prophet bound in a chain 
Compell'd to watch Urizens shadow 
  
7: Rag'd with curses & sparkles of fury 
Round the flames roll as Los hurls his chains 
Mounting up from his fury, condens'd 
Rolling round & round, mounting on high 
Into vacuum: into non-entity. 
Where nothing was! dash'd wide apart 
His feet stamp the eternal fierce-raging 
Rivers of wide flame; they roll round 
And round on all sides making their way 
Into darkness and shadowy obscurity 
  
8: Wide apart stood the fires: Los remain'd 
In the void between fire and fire 
In trembling and horror they beheld him 
They stood wide apart, driv'n by his hands 
And his feet which the nether abyss 
Stamp'd in fury and hot indignation 
  
9: But no light from the fires all was
plate 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
plate 4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Plate 4 
  
Darkness round Los: heat was not; for bound up 
Into fiery spheres from his fury 
The gigantic flames trembled and hid 
  
10: Coldness, darkness, obstruction, a Solid 
Without fluctuation, hard as adamant 
Black as marble of Egypt; impenetrable 
Bound in the fierce raging Immortal. 
And the seperated fires froze in  
A vast solid without fluctuation,  
Hound in his expanding dear senses 
  
  
Chap:  II 
  
1: The Immortal stood frozen amidst 
The vast rock of eternity; times 
And times; a night of vast durance:  
Impatient, stifled, stiffend, hardned. 
  
2: Till impatience no longer could bear 
The hard bondage, rent: rent, the vast solid 
With a crash from immense to immense 
  
3: Crack'd across into numberless fragments 
The Prophetic wrath, strug'ling for vent 
Hurls apart, stamping furious to dust 
And crumbling with bursting sobs; heaves 
The black marble on high into fragments 
  
4: Hurl'd apart on all sides, as a falling 
Rock: the innumerable fragments away 
Fell asunder; and horrible vacuum 
Beneath him & on all sides round. 
  
5: Falling, falling! Los fell & fell 
Sunk precipitant heavy down down 
Times on times, night on night, day on day 
Truth has bounds. Error none: falling, falling:  
Years on years, and ages on ages 
Still he fell thro' the void, still a void 
Found for falling day & night without end. 
For tho' day or night was not; their spaces 
Were measurd by his incessant whirls 
In the horrid vacuity bottomless. 
  
6: The Immortal revolving; indignant  
First in wrath threw his limbs, like the babe  
New born into our world: wrath subsided 
  
And contemplative thoughts first arose 
Then aloft his head rear'd in the Abyss 
And his downward-borne fall chang'd oblique 
  
7: Many ages of groans: till there grew 
Branchy forms: organizing the Human 
Into finite inflexible Organs. 
  
8: Till in process from falling he bore 
Sidelong on the purple air, wafting 
The weak breeze in efforts oerwearied 
  
9: Incessant the falling Mind labour'd 
Organizing itself: till the Vacuum 
Became element, pliant to rise, 
Or to fall, or to swim, or to fly:  
With ease searching the dire vacuity 
  
Chap:  III 
  
1: The Lungs heave incessant, dull and heavy 
For as yet were all other parts formless 
Shiv'ring: clinging around like a cloud 
Dim & glutinous as the white Polypus 
Driv'n by waves & englob'd on the tide. 
  
2: And the unformed part crav'd repose 
Sleep began: the Lungs heave on the wave 
Weary overweigh'd, sinking beneath  
In a stifling black fluid he woke 
  
3: He arose on the waters, but soon 
Heavy falling his Organs like roots 
Shooting out from the seed, shot beneath, 
And a vast world of waters around him 
In furious torrents began. 
  
4: Then he sunk, & around his spent Lungs 
Began intricate pipes that drew in 
The spawn of the waters. Outbranching 
Plate 5 
  
An immense Fibrous form, stretching out 
Thro' the bottoms of immensity raging. 
  
5: He rose on the floods: then he smote  
The wild deep with his terrible wrath, 
Seperating the heavy and dim. 
  
6: Down the heavy sunk; cleaving around 
To the fragments of solid: up rose 
The thin, flowing round the fierce fires 
That glow'd furious in the expanse. 
  
Chap:  IV 
  
1: Then Light first began; from the fires 
Beams, conducted by fluid so pure 
Flow'd around the Immense: Los beheld 
Forthwith, writhing upon the dark void 
The Back bone of Urizen appear 
Hurtling upon the wind 
Like a serpent! like an iron chain 
Whirling about in the Deep. 
  
3. Upfolding his Fibres together  
To a form of impregnable strength 
Los astonish'd and terrified, built  
Furnaces; he formed an Anvil  
A Hammer of adamant then began  
The binding of Urizen day and night 
  
3: Circling round the dark Demon, with howlings 
Dismay & sharp blightings; the Prophet  
Of eternity beat on his iron links. 
  
4: And lirst frßm those infinite fires  
The light that flow'd down on the winds 
He siez'd; beating incessant, condensing  
The subtil particles in an Orb. 
  
5: Roaring indignant the bright sparks  
Endur'd the vast Hammer; but unwearied 
Los beat on the Anvil; till glorious  
An immense Orb of fire he fram'd 
  
6: Oft he quench'd it beneath in the Deeps 
Then survey'd the all-bright mass. Again 
Siezing fires from the terrific Orbs 
He heated the round Globe, then beat 
While roaring his Furnaces endur'd 
The chaind Orb in their infinite wombs 
  
7: Nine ages completed their circles 
When Los heated the glowing mass, casting 
It down into the Deeps: the Deeps fled 
Away in redounding smoke; the Sun 
Stood self-balanc'd. And Los smild with joy.  
He the vast Spine of Urizen siez'd  
And bound down to the glowing illusion 
  
8: But no light, for the Deep fled away 
On all sides, and left an unform'd 
Dark vacuity: here Urizen lay 
In fierce torments on his glowing bed 
  
9: Till his Brain in a rock, & his Heart 
In a fleshy slough formed four rivers 
Obscuring the immense Orb of fire 
Flowing down into night: till a Form 
Was completed, a Human Illusion 
In darkness and deep clouds involvd. 
  
The End of the
Book of LOS
plate 5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
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Songs of Innocence and of Experience * And did those feet in ancient times
The book of Thel * The Marriage of Heaven and Hell * Jerusalem (30 plates)
 
The book of Urizen
The book of Ahania * The book of Los
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