By William Blake
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is either a funny satire on faith and morality and a piece that concisely expresses Blake's crucial knowledge and philosophy, a lot of it published within the 70 aphorisms of his "Proverbs of Hell." this pretty version, reproduced from a unprecedented facsimile, invitations readers to benefit from the wealthy personality of Blake's personal hand-printed textual content together with his deeply stirring illustrations, reproduced on 27 full-color plates. A typeset transcription of the textual content is included.
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Ezekiel acknowledged an identical of his. I additionally requested Isaiah what made him pass bare and barefoot 3 years? he answer’d, an identical that made our good friend Diogenes the Grecian. I then requested Ezekiel, why he consume dung, & lay see you later on his correct & left part? he answer’d, the will of elevating different males right into a conception of the endless; this the North American tribes training, & is he sincere who resists his genius or sense of right and wrong just for the sake of current ease or gratification? [Plate 14] the traditional culture that the area might be ate up in hearth on the finish of six thousand years is correct, as i've got heard from Hell. For the cherub together with his flaming sword is hereby commanded to depart his shield at tree of lifestyles, and whilst he does, the total construction can be fed on, and seem countless, and holy while it now appears to be like finite & corrupt. it will come to go by way of an development of sensual amusement. yet first the thought that guy has a physique certain from his soul, is to be expunged: this I shall do, by way of printing within the infernal strategy, by means of corrosives, which in Hell are salutary and medicinal, melting obvious surfaces away, and showing the endless which used to be concealed. If the doorways of conception have been cleansed everything would seem to guy because it is, limitless. For guy has closed himself up, until eventually he sees all issues thro’ slender chinks of his cavern. A MEMORABLE FANCY [Plate 15] i used to be in a Printing condominium in Hell & observed the tactic during which wisdom is transmitted from new release to new release. within the first chamber used to be a Dragon-Man, clearing away the garbage from a caves mouth; inside, a few Dragons have been hollowing the cave. within the moment chamber used to be a Viper folding around the rock & the cave, and others decorating it with gold, silver and helpful stones. within the 3rd chamber was once an Eagle with wings and feathers of air; he triggered the interior of the cave to be countless; round have been numbers of Eagle like males, who outfitted palaces within the large cliffs. within the fourth chamber have been Lions of flaming fireplace raging round & melting the metals into residing fluids. within the 5th chamber have been Unnam’d varieties, which forged the metals into the expanse. There they have been reciev’d through males who occupied the 6th chamber, and took the varieties of books & have been prepared in libraries. [Plates 16–17] The Giants who shaped this international into its sensual lifestyles and now appear to reside in it in chains, are truthfully, the reasons of its existence & the resources of all task; however the chains are, the crafty of susceptible and tame minds, that have energy to withstand power, in keeping with the proverb, the vulnerable in braveness is robust in crafty. therefore one element of being, is the Prolific, the opposite, the Devouring: to the devourer it kind of feels as though the manufacturer was once in his chains, however it isn't really so; he merely takes parts of lifestyles and fancies that the total. however the Prolific might stop to be Prolific except the Devourer as a sea recieved the surplus of his delights. a few will say, isn't really God on my own the Prolific? I solution, God purely Acts & Is, in present beings or males.