1. In terrors Los shrunk from his task:
His great hammer fell from his hand;
His fires beheld, and sickening
their strong limbs in smoke;
For with noises, ruinous, loud,
With hurtlings and clashings and groans,
Immortal endur'd his chains,
Tho' bound in a deadly sleep.
2. All the myriads of Eternity,
All the wisdom and joy of life
Roll like a sea around him;
Except what his
Of sight by degrees unfold.
3. And now his Eternal life,
Like a dream, was obliterated.
4. Shudd'ring, the Eternal Prophet smote
With a stroke from his North to South region.
The bellows and
hammer are silent now;
A nerveless silence his prophetic voice
Seiz'd; a cold Solitude and dark Void
Eternal Prophet and Urizen clos'd.
5. Ages on ages roll'd over them,
Cut off from life and light, frozen
Into horrible forms of deformity.
suffer'd his fires to decay;
Then he look'd back with anxious desire,
But the Space, undivided by existence,
horror into his soul.
6. Los wept, obscur'd with mourning,
His bosom earthquak'd with sighs;
He saw Urizen, deadly, black,
his chains bound; and Pity began,
7. In anguish dividing and dividing--
For Pity divides the soul--
Eternity on Eternity,
Life in cataracts pour'd down his cliffs.
The Void shrunk the lymph into Nerves,
wide on the bosom of night,
And left a round globe of blood
Trembling upon the Void.
Thus the Eternal
Prophet was divided
Before the death image of Urizen;
For in changeable clouds and darkness,
In a winterly
The Abyss of Los stretch'd immense;
And now seen, now obscur'd, to the eyes
the visions remote
Of the dark separation appear'd:
As glasses discover Worlds
In the endless Abyss of
So the expanding eyes of Immortals
Beheld the dark visions of Los,
And the globe of life-blood
8. The globe of life-blood trembled,
Branching out into roots,
Fibrous, writhing upon the winds,
blood, milk, and tears,
In pangs, Eternity on Eternity.
At length in tears and cries embodièd,
A Female form,
trembling and pale,
Waves before his deathy face.
9. All Eternity shudder'd at sight
Of the first Female, now separate,
Pale as a cloud of snow,
the face of Los.
10. Wonder, awe, fear, astonishment
Petrify the Eternal myriads
At the first Female form now separate.
call'd her Pity, and fled.
11. `Spread a Tent with strong curtains around them!
Let cords and stakes bind
in the Void,
That Eternals may no more behold them.'
12. They began to weave curtains of darkness,
They erected large pillars round the Void,
hooks fasten'd in the pillars;
With infinite labour the Eternals
A woof wove, and callèd it Science.
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