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 gorgeous variation, reproduced from an extraordinary facsimile, invitations readers to benefit from the wealthy personality of Blake's personal hand-printed textual content with his deeply stirring illustrations, reproduced on 27 full-color plates. A typeset transcription of the textual content is included.
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Plates 12–13] The Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel dined with me, and that i requested them how they dared so roundly to say, that God spoke to them; and whether or not they didn't imagine on the time, that they might be misunderstood, & so be the reason for imposition. Isaiah answer’d, I observed no God, nor heard any, in a finite organical conception; yet my senses discover’d the endless in everything, and as i used to be then perswaded, & stay confirm’d; that the voice of sincere indignation is the voice of God, I cared no longer for outcomes yet wrote. Then I requested: does an organization perswasion factor is so, make it so? He responded, All poets think that it does, & in a long time of mind's eye this company perswasion got rid of mountains; yet many will not be able to a company perswasion of any factor. Then Ezekiel stated, The philosophy of the east taught the 1st rules of human conception: a few countries held one precept for the beginning & a few one other; we of Israel taught that the Poetic Genius (as you presently name it) used to be the 1st precept and all of the others only spinoff, which was once the reason for our despising the monks & Philosophers of different nations, and prophecying that each one Gods may ultimately be proved to originate in ours & to be the tributaries of the Poetic Genius; it was once this that our nice poet King David wanted so fervently & invokes so patheticly, announcing through this he conquers enemies & governs kingdoms; and we so enjoyed our God, that we cursed in his identify all of the deities of surrounding countries, and asserted they'd rebelled; from those critiques the vulgar got here to imagine that each one international locations could finally be topic to the jews. This acknowledged he, like any enterprise perswasions, is come to cross, for all international locations think the jews code and worship the jews god, and what larger subjection could be? I heard this with a few ask yourself, & needs to confess my very own conviction. After dinner I ask’d Isaiah to favour the area along with his misplaced works, he acknowledged none of equivalent price was once misplaced. 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 devour dung, & lay see you later on his correct & left part? he answer’d, the will of elevating different males right into a belief of the endless; this the North American tribes education, & is he sincere who resists his genius or judgment of right and wrong just for the sake of current ease or gratification? [Plate 14] the traditional culture that the realm could be fed on in hearth on the finish of six thousand years is right, as i've got heard from Hell. For the cherub along with his flaming sword is hereby commanded to go away his protect at tree of existence, and whilst he does, the complete production may be ate up, and seem limitless, and holy while it now appears to be like finite & corrupt. it will come to go via an development of sensual leisure. yet first the inspiration that guy has a physique targeted from his soul, is to be expunged: this I shall do, by means of printing within the infernal process, via corrosives, which in Hell are salutary and medicinal, melting obvious surfaces away, and exhibiting the limitless which used to be concealed.