Swedenborg is the angel sitting at the tomb: his writings are the Unen clothes folded up. Blake has a very different view of the place, though. Other afterlife destinations include Heaven, Purgatory, Paradise, and Limbo. In the third chamber was an eagle with wings and feathers of air; he caused the inside of the cave to be infinite; around were numbers of eagle-like men, who built palaces in the immense cliffs. We're a complex intermingling of the impulses toward right and wrong, but that's ultimately a good thing. The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man.
The Marriage of Heaven and H I love Blake. Did He not mock at the Sabbath, and so mock the Sabbath's God? These are Devils, and are called powers of the air. This age was the exact opposite of the Enlightenment. In the first chamber was a dragon- man, clearing away the rubbish from a cave's mouth; within, a number of dragons were hollowing the cave. In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
Shadows of prophecy shiver along by the lakes and the rivers, and mutter across the ocean. This will come to pass by an im- provement of sensual enjoyment. You see, the mid-to-late 1700s were a pretty rambunctious time to be in London. If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. The Eternal Female groan'd; it was heard over all the earth: 2. There they were received by men who occupied the sixth chamber, and took the forms of books, and were arranged in libraries.
Now hear how He has given His sanction to the law of ten com- mandments. I stand on my own legs here. Those who restrain Desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained; and the restrainer or Reason usurps its place and governs the unwilling. The cut worm forgives the plough. In the fifth chamber were Unnamed forms, which cast the metals into the expanse.
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. This is shown in the Gospel, where he prays to the Father to send the Comforter or desire that Reason may have ideas to build on, the Jehovah of the Bible being no other than he who dwells in flaming fire. The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. . If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
And at length they pro- nounced that the Gods had ordered such things. Beneath us was nothing now to be seen but a black tempest, till looking East be- tween the clouds and the waves, we saw a cataract of blood mixed with fire, and not many stones' throw from us appeared and sunk again the scaly fold of a monstrous serpent. Good is Heaven, Evil is hell. Thus men forgot that All deities reside in the human breast. The cistern contains: the fountain overflows. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, eh? The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. But the Prolific would cease to be Prolific unless the Devourer, as a sea, received the excess of his delights.
So, you know, just embrace it—like Blake did. And so, in an effort to complicate Swedenborg's version of events, Blake came out with The Marriage of Heaven and Hell in 1790. And particularly they studied the Genius of each city and country, placing it under its Mental Deity; Till a System was formed, which some took advantage of, and enslavd the vulgar by attempting to realise or abstract the Mental Deities from their objectsthus began Priesthood; Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales. Excess of sorrow laughs, excess of joy weeps. This work makes me feel so special. And at length they pronouncd that the Gods had orderd such things. I think the whole perception that we just made a 180-degree shift towards something else is not entirely correct.
These are Devils, and are called powers of the air. The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion. You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough. Prudence is a rich ugly old maid courted by Incapacity. The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. Folly is the cloke of knavery. The cut worm forgives the plow.
Blake explains that, Without Contraries is no progression. Didn't he just teach the eagle for hours and hours? All night beneath the ruins; then their sullen flames, faded, emerge round the gloomy king. The diabolical proverbs are provocative and paradoxical. The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man. The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.