1. Earth was not, nor globes of attraction;
The will of the Immortal expanded
Or contracted his all-flexible
Death was not, but Eternal life sprung.
2. The sound of a trumpet the heavens
Awoke, and vast clouds of blood roll'd
Round the dim rocks of
Urizen, so nam'd
That solitary one in Immensity.
3. Shrill the trumpet! and myriads of Eternity
Muster around the bleak deserts,
Now fill'd with clouds,
darkness, and waters,
That roll'd perplex'd, lab'ring; and utter'd
Words articulate, bursting in thunders,
roll'd on the tops of his mountains:--
4. `From the depths of dark solitude, from
The Eternal abode in my
Hidden, set apart, in my stern counsels,
Reserv'd for the days of futurity,
I have sought for a
joy without pain,
For a solid without fluctuation.
Why will you die, O Eternals?
Why live in unquenchable
5. `First I fought with the fire, consum'd
Inwards into a deep world within,
A Void immense, wild, dark and
Where nothing was--Nature's wide womb;
And self-balanc'd, stretch'd o'er the void,
I alone, even I!
the winds merciless
Bound; but condensing in torrents
They fall and fall; strong I repell'd
The vast waves,
and arose on the waters
A wide World of solid obstruction.
6. `Here alone I, in books form'd of metals,
Have written the secrets of Wisdom,
The secrets of dark Contemplation,
fightings and conflicts dire
With terrible monsters sin-bred,
Which the bosoms of all inhabit--
Sins of the Soul.
7. `Lo! I unfold my darkness, and on
This rock place, with strong hand, the Book
Of Eternal brass, written
in my solitude:
8. `Laws of peace, of love, of unity,
Of pity, compassion, forgiveness;
Let each choose one habitation,
ancient infinite mansion,
One command, one joy, one desire,
One curse, one weight, one measure,
King, one God, one Law.'
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