give light in the opaque,
Plac'd in the order of the stars; when the five senses whelm'd
In deluge o'er the
earth-born man, then turn'd the fluxile eyes
Into two stationary orbs, concentrating all things:
varying spiral ascents to the Heavens of Heavens
Were bended downward, and the nostrils' golden gates
Turn'd outward, barr'd, and petrify'd against the Infinite.
Thought chang'd the Infinite to a Serpent, that which pitieth
To a devouring flame; and Man fled from its
face and hid
In forests of night: then all the eternal forests were divided
Into earths, rolling in circles of
Space, that like an ocean rush'd
And overwhelmèd all except this finite wall of flesh.
Then was the Serpent
temple form'd, image of Infinite,
Shut up in finite revolutions, and Man became an Angel,
Heaven a mighty
circle turning, God a tyrant crown'd.
Now arriv'd the ancient Guardian at the southern porch,
That planted thick with trees of blackest leaf, and
in a vale
Obscure enclos'd the Stone of Night; oblique it stood, o'erhung
With purple flowers and berries
red, image of that sweet South,
Once open to the heavens, and elevated on the human neck,
with hair, and cover'd with a story roof
Downward 'tis sunk beneath th' attractive North, that round the
A raging whirlpool, draws the dizzy enquirer to his grave.
Albion's Angel rose upon the Stone of Night.
He saw Urizen on the Atlantic;
And his brazen Book,
Kings and Priests had copièd on Earth,
Expanded from North to South.
And the clouds and fires pale
roll'd round in the night of Enitharmon,
Round Albion's cliffs and London's walls: still Enitharmon slept.
volumes of grey mist involve Churches, Palaces, Towers;
For Urizen unclasp'd his Book, feeding his
soul with pity.
The youth of England, hid in gloom, curse the pain'd heavens, compell'd
Into the deadly
night to see the form of Albion's Angel.
Their parents brought them forth, and Agèd Ignorance preaches,
On a vast rock, perceiv'd by those senses that are clos'd from thought--
Bleak, dark, abrupt it
stands, and overshadows London city.
They saw his bony feet on the rock, the flesh consum'd in flames;
saw the Serpent temple lifted above, shadowing the Island white;
They heard the voice of Albion's Angel,
howling in flames of Orc,
Seeking the trump of the Last Doom.
Above the rest the howl was heard from Westminster, louder and louder:
The Guardian of the secret
codes forsook his ancient mansion,
Driven out by the flames of Orc; his furr'd robes and false locks
and grew one with his flesh and nerves, and veins shot thro' them.
With dismal torment sick, hanging
upon the wind, he fled
Grovelling, along Great George Street, thro' the Park gate: all the soldiers
his sight: he dragg'd his torments to the wilderness.
Thus was the howl thro' Europe!
For Orc rejoic'd to hear the howling shadows;
But Palamabron shot his
lightnings, trenching down his wide back;
And Rintrah hung with all his legions in the nether deep.
Enitharmon laugh'd in her sleep to see (O woman's triumph!)
Every house a den, every man bound: the
shadows are fill'd
With spectres, and the windows wove over with curses of iron:
Over the doors `Thou
shalt not', and over the chimneys `Fear' is written:
With bands of iron round their necks fasten'd into the
The citizens, in leaden gyves the inhabitants of suburbs
Walk heavy; soft and bent are the bones of
Between the clouds of Urizen the flames of Orc roll heavy
Around the limbs of Albion's Guardian,
his flesh consuming:
Howlings and hissings, shrieks and groans, and voices of despair
Arise around him
in the cloudy heavens of Albion. Furious,
The red-limb'd Angel seiz'd in horror and torment
The trump of
the Last Doom; but he could not blow the iron tube!
Thrice he assay'd presumptuous to awake the dead
A mighty Spirit leap'd from the land of Albion,
Nam'd Newton: he seiz'd the trump, and blow'd
the enormous blast!
Yellow as leaves of autumn, the myriads of Angelic hosts
Fell thro' the wintry skies,
seeking their graves,
Rattling their hollow bones in howling and lamentation.
Then Enitharmon woke, nor knew that she had slept;
And eighteen hundred years were fled
As if they
had not been.
She call'd her sons and daughters
To the sports of night
Within her crystal house,
her song proceeds:--
`Arise, Ethinthus! tho' the earth-worm call,
Let him call in vain,
Till the night of holy shadows
solitude is past!