William Blake
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
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
Auguries of Innocence (in: The Pickering Manuscript).........
Plate 1-26: British Museum, London, Copy D
Plate 4a : Beinecke Library, Yale University, Copy H
Plate 16a: Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Copy B
Plate 8
Plate 9 
Chap:  IV[b]  
1. Ages on ages roll'd over him!  
In stony sleep ages roll'd over him!  
Like a dark waste stretching chang'able  
By earthquakes riv'n, belching sullen fires  
On ages roll'd ages in ghastly  
Sick torment; around him in whirlwinds  
Of darkness the eternal Prophet howl'd  
Beating still on his rivets of iron  
Pouring sodor of iron; dividing  
The horrible night into watches.  
2. And Urizen (so his eternal name)  
His prolific delight obscurd more & more  
In dark secresy hiding in surgeing  
Sulphureous fluid his phantasies.  
The Eternal Prophet heavd the dark bellows,  
And turn'd restless the tongs; and the hammer  
Incessant beat; forging chains new & new  
Numb'ring with links. hours, days & years 
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(Plate 9) 
3 The eternal mind bounded began to roll  
Eddies of wrath ceaseless round & round,  
And the sulphureous foam surgeing thick  
Settled, a lake, bright, & shining dear:   
White as the snow on the mountains cold.  
4. Forgetfulness, dumbness, necessity!  
In chains of the mind locked up,  
Like fetters of ice shrinking together  
Disorganiz'd, rent from Eternity,  
Los beat on his fetters of iron;  
And heated his furnaces & pour'd  
Iron sodor and sodor of brass  
5. Restless turnd the immortal inchain'd  
Heaving dolorous! anguish'd! unbearable  
Till a roof shaggy wild inclos'd  
In an orb, his fountain of thought.  
6. In a horrible dreamful slumber;  
Like the linked infernal chain;  
A vast Spine writh'd in torment  
Upon the winds; shooting pain'd  
Ribs, like a bending cavern  
And bones of solidness, froze  
Over all his nerves of joy.  
And a first Age passed over,  
And a state of dismal woe. 
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7. From the caverns of his jointed Spine,  
Down sunk with fright a red  
Round globe hot burning deep  
Deep down into the Abyss:   
Panting: Conglobing, Trembling  
Shooting out ten thousand branches  
Around his solid bones.  
And a second Age passed over,  
And a state of dismal woe.  
 8. In harrowing fear rolling round;  
 His nervous brain shot branches  
 Round the branches of his heart.  
 On high into two little orbs  
 And fixed in two little caves  
 Hiding carefully from the wind  
 His Eyes beheld the deep,  
 And a third Age passed over:   
 And a state of dismal woe.  
 9. The pangs of hope began,  
 In heavy pain striving, struggling.  
 Two Ears in close volutions.  
 From beneath his orbs of vision  
 Shot spiring out and petrified  
 As they grew. And a fourth Age passed  
 And a state of dismal woe.  
10. In ghastly torment sick;  
 Hanging upon the wind;
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 Two Nostrils bent down to the deep.  
 And a fifth Age passed over;  
 And a state of dismal woe.  
11. In ghastly torment sick;  
Within his ribs bloated round,  
A craving Hungry Cavern;  
Thence arose his channeld Throat,  
And like a red flame a Tongue  
Of thirst & of hunger appeard.  
And a sixth Age passed over:  
And a state of dismal woe.  
12. Enraged & stifled with torment  
He threw his right Arm to the north  
His left Arm to the south  
Shooting out in anguish deep,  
And his Feet stampd the nether Abyss  
In trembling & howling & dismay.  
And a seventh Age passed over:  
And a state of dismal woe.  
Chap:  V  
1. In terrors Los shrunk from his task:  
His great hammer fell from his hand:  
His fires beheld, and sickening,  
Hid their strong limbs in smoke.  
For with noises ruinous loud;  
With hurtlings & clashings & groans  
The Immortal endur'd his chains,  
Tho' bound in a deadly sleep.  
2. All the myriads of Eternity:  
All the wisdom & joy of life:  
Roll like a sea around him,  
Except what his little orbs  
Of sight by degrees unfold.  
3. And now his eternal life  
Like a dream was obliterated  
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[Plate 12] 
4. Shudd'ring, the Eternal Prophet smote  
With a stroke, from his north to south region  
The bellows & hammer are silent now  
A nerveless silence, his prophetic voice  
Siez'd; a cold solitude & dark void  
The Eternal Prophet & Urizen clos'd  
5. Ages on ages rolld over them  
Cut off from life & light frozen  
Into horrible forms of deformity  
Los suffer'd his fires to decay  
Then he look'd back with anxious desire  
But the space undivided by existence  
Struck horror into his soul.  
 6. Los wept obscur'd with mourning:  
 His bosom earthquak'd with sighs;  
 He saw Urizen deadly black,  
 In his chains bound, & Pity began,  
7. In anguish dividing & dividing  
 For pity divides the soul  
 In pangs eternity on eternity  
 Life in cataracts pourd down his cliffs  
The void shrunk the lymph into Nerves  
Wand'ring wide on the bosom of night  
And left a round globe of blood  
Trembling upon the Void  
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Thus the Eternal Prophet was divided  
Before the death-image of Urizen  
For in changeable clouds and darkness  
In a winterly night beneath,  
The Abyss of Los stretch'd immense:  
And now seen now obscur'd to the eyes  
Of Eternals, the visions remote  
Of the dark seperation appear'd.  
As glasses discover Worlds  
In the endless Abyss of space,  
So the expanding eyes of Immortals  
Beheld the dark visions of Los,  
And the globe of life blood trembling.  
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8. The globe of life blood trembled  
Branching out into roots;  
Fibrous, writhing upon the winds;  
Fibres of blood, milk and tears;  
In pangs, eternity on eternity.  
At length in tears & cries imbodied  
A female form trembling and pale  
Waves before his deathly face  
9. All Eternity shudderd at sight  
Of the first female now separate  
Pale as a cloud of snow  
Waving before the face of Los  
10. Wonder, awe, fear, astonishment,  
Petrify the eternal myriads;  
At the first female form now separate  
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Plate 17 
They call'd her Pity, and fled  
11. 'Spread a Tent, with strong curtains around them  
'Let cords & stakes bind in the Void  
That Eternals may no more behold them'  
12. They began to weave curtains of darkness  
They erected large pillars round the Void  
With golden hooks fastend in the pillars  
With infinite labour the Eternals  
A woof wove, and called it Science  
Chap:  VI  
I. 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 a 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 seales,  
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 
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Stretch'd for a work of eternity;  
No more Los beheld Eternity.  
11. In his hands he siez'd the infant  
He bathed him in springs of sorrow  
He gave him to Enitharmon.  
Chap:  VII  
1. They named the child Orc, he grew  
Fed with milk of Enitharmon  
2. Los awoke her; O sorrow & pain!  
A tight'ning girdle grew,  
Around his bosom. In sobbings  
He burst the girdle in twain,  
But still another girdle  
Oppressd his bosom, In sobbings  
Again he burst it. Again  
Another girdle succeeds  
The girdle was form'd by day;  
By night was burst in twain.  
2. These falling down on the rock  
Into an iron Chain  
In each other link by link lock'd  
4. They took Orc to the top of a mountain.  
O how Enitharmon wept!  
They chain'd his young limbs to the rock  
With the Chain of Jealousy  
Beneath Urizens deathful shadow  
5. The dead heard the voice of the child  
And began to awake from sleep  
All things. heard the voice of the child  
And began to awake to life.  
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(Plate 18)  
6. And Urizen craving with hunger  
Stung with the odours of Nature  
Explor'd his dens around  
7. He form'd a line & a plummet  
To divide the Abyss beneath.  
He form'd a dividing rule:  
8. He formed seales to weigh;  
He formed massy weights;  
He formed a brazen quadrant;  
He formed golden compasses  
And began to explore the Abyss  
And he planted a garden of fruits  
9. But Los encircled Enitharmon  
With fires of Prophecy  
From the sight of Urizen & Orc.  
10. And she bore an enormous race  
Chap:  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 
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Plate 21 
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 
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Plate 23 
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 wher-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. 
(Plate 23) 
Chap:  IX  
1. Then the Inhabitants of those Cities:  
Felt their Nerves change into Marrow  
And hardening Bones began  
In swift diseases and torments,  
In throbbings & shootings & grindings  
Thro' all the coasts; till weaken'd  
The Senses inward rush'd shrinking,  
Beneath the dark net of infection.  
2. Till the shrunken eyes clouded over  
Discernd not the woven hipocrisy  
But the streaky slime in their heavens  
Brought together by narrowing perceptions  
Appeard transparent air; for their eyes  
Grew small like the eyes of a man  
And in reptile forms shrinking together  
Of seven feet stature they remaind  
3. Six days they shrunk up from existence  
And on the seventh day they rested  
And they bless'd the seventh day, in sick hope:  
And forgot their eternal life  
4. And their thirty cities divided  
In form of a human heart  
No more could they rise at will  
In the infinite void, but bound down  
To earth by their narrowing perceptions 
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They lived a period of years  
Then left a noisom body  
To the jaws of devouring darkness  
5. And their children wept, & built  
Tombs in the desolate places,  
And form'd laws of prudence, and call'd them  
The eternal laws of God  
6. And the thirty cities remaind  
Surrounded by salt floods, now call'd  
Africa: its name was then Egypt.  
7. The remaining sons of Urizen  
Beheld their brethren shrink together  
Beneath the Net of Urizen;  
Perswasion was in vain;  
For the ears of the inhabitants  
Were wither'd, & deafen'd, & cold.  
And their eyes could not discern,  
Their brethren of other cities.  
8. So Fuzon call'd all together  
The remaining children of Urizen:  
And they left the pendulous earth:  
They called it Egypt, & left it.  
9. And the salt ocean rolled englob'd  
The End of the [first] book of Urizen 
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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
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