1. But Los saw the Female, and pitièd;
He embrac'd her; she wept, she refus'd;
In perverse and cruel delight
fled from his arms, yet he follow'd.
2. Eternity shudder'd when they saw
Man begetting his likeness
On his own Divided Image!
3. A time passèd over: the Eternals
Began to erect the tent,
When Enitharmon, sick,
Felt a Worm within her
4. Yet helpless it lay, like a Worm
In the trembling womb,
To be moulded into existence.
5. All day the Worm lay on her bosom;
All night within her womb
The Worm lay till it grew to a Serpent,
dolorous hissings and poisons
Round Enitharmon's loins folding.
6. Coil'd within Enitharmon's womb
The Serpent grew, casting its scales;
With sharp pangs the hissings
To change to a grating cry --
Many sorrows and dismal throes,
Many forms of fish, bird, and beast
forth an Infant form
Where was a Worm before.
7. The Eternals their tent finishèd,
Alarm'd with these gloomy visions,
When Enitharmon, groaning,
a Man-Child to the light.
8. A shriek ran thro' Eternity,
And a paralytic stroke,
At the birth of the Human Shadow.
9. Delving earth in his resistless way,
Howling, the Child with fierce flames
Issu'd from Enitharmon.
10. The Eternals closèd the tent;
They beat down the stakes, the cords
Stretch'd for a work of Eternity --
No more Los beheld Eternity!
11. In his hands he seiz'd the Infant,
He bathèd him in springs of sorrow,
He gave him to Enitharmon.
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